At the September meeting the board focused on planning for the future. At the recommendation of the Finance Committee, the board adopted three financial “triggers” throughout the fiscal year to ensure we are proactively monitoring our status and avoid a spring budget crunch. The board endorsed the president’s decision to appoint an independent committee to run the January merger vote. This committee will design a transparent, confidential, and unbiased process. The joint taskforces are continuing their work, and will be presenting their findings to both congregations in November and December. These taskforces and the feedback from the congregations will inform the Memorandum of Understanding that will be voted on in January.