In 2013 North Highland purchased the yellow and green house located directly
behind the church. The good news is that we are rounding the corner of having
the property paid in full—about 18 payments remaining. We are currently blessed
with very good renters. The marginal (not really bad news) is that when you are a property owner there is need for regular upkeep and improvements to maintain the value. Our Trustees and Church Council are working on plans for that property maintenance, as well as a de-sire to create a contingency fund for ongoing needs involving all of our property— the church building and grounds, the parsonage building and grounds, and the rental house. Our Council heard from an expert in the area of properties and rentals, and we were pleased to learn that not only can our rental be viewed as fulfilling a need for Aberdeen, it is also a sound structure. It cur-rently requires some attention, and as the Trustees develop a plan, you will hear more.
Funds at times been tight with the payments, and the NHUMC leadership teams are grateful for all who have continued to give and support the church, moving us closer to full ownership. It is not always easy to see a big picture, yet continued giving and intent to pay off this loan is an ac-knowledgement that we not only want to survive, but thrive as a place of ministry well into the future.
The Board of Trustees has the responsibility to:
(1) oversee, maintain, and supervise all local church property;
(2) report annually to the charge conference on the state of the church’s property, equipment, investments, and resources;
(3) receive and administer all gifts made to the congregation;
(4) make certain that all trust funds of the congregation are invested properly;
(5) ensure that the articles of incorporation of the congregation are kept up-to-date;
(6) be responsible, in conjunction with the pastor, for all use of the church buildings and grounds;
(7) maintain adequate insurance coverage on all church property and to develop appropriate risk-management policies;
(8) submit to the committee on finance annual budget requests for insurance, property maintenance and improvement, and new property purchases; and
(9) be accountable to the charge conference and to the church council.
The Discipline requires that at least three and not more than nine members be elected for terms of three years each, in three classes. At least one-third of the trustees shall be laywomen, one-third laymen, and two-thirds must be members of the church.