Newsletter Vol. 3 No. 4
MISSIONARY INDEPENDENT SPIRITUAL CHURCH AS SEEN FROM THE SOUTH EAST
BOARD MEETING MINUTES: August 20, 2008Minutes for Board Meeting of Missionary Independent Spiritual Church August 20, 2008, 6632 Covey Road, Forestville, CA 95436 5pm to 7:30pm PT In attendance: Fred Burke, catherine yronwode, nagasiva yronwode 0) Preface -- Board Member Replacement: Fred Burke July 4, 2008 Board Member Replacement zmeeting, 6pm Prior to the final ratification of the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws, and owing to social events leading to an incompatability with MISC operations, Ferne Aycock was replaced by Fred Burke, substituted on the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, and this was official immediately. We thank Ferne for her help with church organization and wish her well in her future works. We welcome Fred Burke to our board and look forward to working with him on new developments for MISC and at his own site in Joshua Tree, California, where he maintains a small candle ministry much like ours. Fred's experience with this form of spiritual ministry makes him a perfect choice for board membership at MISC. We are very glad to have him aboard. 1) MISC Invoicing The Church now has its own candle report forms for clients, separate from Lucky Mojo (our candle suplier) rather than expressed as invoices made by Lucky Mojo. We want to thank the folks at Lucky Mojo for allowing us the use of their database during the formation period of the church. 2) MISC Donations from yronwodes The yronwodes (catherine and nagasiva) have donated considerable typesetting, scanning, and editorial labour to Winmore Publications of New York so that, in lieu of payment for their services, outreach advertisements for MISC will be run in a number of Winmore publications. The ads are generic in nature and state that people may call the church for counseling help. 3) May 2008 Workshops and Convocation Report This year the first annual Church Convocation was organized by church volunteer Robin York (thanks!) and conducted at the Home of Truth (a New Thought church) in Alameda, California on May 4th. The program included diivination and hoodoo workshop classes for all those who paid the admission fee. A Southern style chicken dinner for all was catered by Robin York. At the conclusion of the day, a Convocation service was led by Doctor Christos Kioni. See the appendix A on Workshop/Convocation Expenses for details. The expenses not covered by the admission fees collected were paid by the yronwodes (totalling $892.68). We are seriously doubtful at this time that we will wish to run things the same way next year, given the expenditures and cost of the facility (beautiful, but quite a distance to travel). 4) Church Baptisms June 6, 2008 Baptisms and ordinations were held in the Russian River in Forestville at Steel Head Beach in the afternoon on a particularly warm and lovely day for the event. Recorded as baptized that day were the following: Baptisms * catherine yronwode * nagasiva yronwode * Sienna Baratti * Robin Petersen * Mary Ann Powell Ordinations: * Reverend Mother Sienna Baratti * Deacon Robin Petersen It is a doctrine of our church that baptism is unrestricted in that each person may be baptised as often or on as many occasions as he or she desires, provided that there are ordained persons present who have an interest in performing the service. 5) CA Secretary of State Certifies MISC On June 9, 2008 the CA Secretary of State certified the MISC paperwork and set the stage for our non-profit application to the US Attorney General by Sept, 2009. 6) Church Fan Fund Report The 2nd Annual Church Fan was completed on 7/2/09 and is available for purchase from the church or as a thank you gift for donation, or as a free benefit of having visited from afar. The first fans are still in stock (2 boxes left) and just as beautiful as ever. Plans are to create one each year as a part of church operations. 7) Church Obtains its Own Phone Number MISC now has its own unique phone, phone line and number and is now paying its phone bills from donations. The number is 707-887-7808. It was selected for its symmetry and ease of recall. This phone is being used to establish appointments for services within the church such as readings and consultations, as well as to function as an administrative contact for all church business. 8) Cyber-Hymnal Committee The church is starting a cyber-hymnal committee and its aim is to establish a base hymnal book for the purpose of acquainting all those who may get together for social events to know the variants on melodies and lyrics and become conversant with different church styles, as well as the doctrines and motifs important to the church as a whole. The aim is to presenty an inclusive online hymnal that draws upon the websites already available online which feature musical introduction to common hymns in the form of MIDI files and/or lyrics. 9) Gospel Playlist Committee Similar to the Hymnal Committee, the Gospel Playlist Committee seeks to identify recorded gospel songs of value to the church in our establishment of doctrinal and traditional character, featuring a diversity of representation as regards what will be included. Those recordings available as public domain MP3 files (mostly early 20th century recordings) will be featured online for visitors to sample and download. 10) Amazon Book Sale Project (Affiliates Program) Started We've begun an account with amazon.com/affiliates that should make it possible for us to sell a variety of religious and spiritual books online for a profit at the same time as making plain what we feel are reliable and valuable references. our account Tracking ID is missiindepspi-20. 11) Gift Shop and Bookstore Committee In association with the Amazon Book Sale Project and the Fan Committee, there is also a committee for the construction of a gift shop and bookstore which may extend offline to the local physical locale of the church itself. 12) Prospects for UISP as an Online Database catherine discussed projects that she and Lara Hopkins Rivera will be developing for the MISC Union of Independent Spiritual Practioners (UISP) in the near future: Lara gave catherine a tour of her website and showed catherine her wiki (a mediawiki software database environment at www.grimmwold.com) which she maintains. Due to catherine's familiarity with mediawiki software from volunteering at wikipedia.org, she determined that, rather than convert the MISC pages to mediawiki (from HTML) she hoped that by the end of 2008 she could start a wiki database under Lara's technical supervision, hosted at Lara's server. She said that the advantage of creating and maintaining the UISP site as a database rather than as an HTML site is that it would not need to be constantly re-written and updated, but would update itself in real time as changes were made. Lara indicated that she was willing to donate a certain amount of hours to the development of the UISP website, but would expect minimal monthly compensation if she were to technically develop, maintain, and host the site. Since UISP is projected to be an educational outreach committee of the chuch, Lara's fees would be underwritten by the dues paid by approved spiritual practitioners for a yearly directory listing and would thus not impinge on other chuch committee finances. catherine said that she would investigate the probability of spiritual practitioners paying a yearly fee for such a directory listing. She will report again on the site development as plans move forward. 13) Crystal Silence League Report This committee has esentially been dormant, awaiting the funds to implement the printing of the requisite literature. No special fund-raising project has been allocated for this committee, and the work is being "held over" until such time as the UISP project is up and running smoothly.
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