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New team members take up their roles

On behalf of the Leadership Team, I am happy to announce that the first of our volunteers have taken up their roles. We have spent the last three weeks chatting to volunteers and trying to find the right way to use the talents they have. We still have some people to meet with for the first time, or to have follow-up meetings with. This is sure to result in more volunteers joining our teams. However, we don’t want to hold up everyone while we complete the process. All those joining teams are doing so on a three month trial so that they can see if the team they join suits them.

The blog will be updated in the coming weeks to reflect the changes in the teams.

Leadership Team

Three new members have joined the Leadership Team. Jude (JudeAaronZane) and Fionn Bookmite are joining us for the first time. Patapon Monday has been on the team before and now we are happy to be able to welcome her back. We look forward to the contribution these new members can bring to us. Fionn will be our Communications Officer, a new role which will cover many of the communications tasks I currently undertake. We will be working with Fionn to define the extent of the role in the next few weeks.

Prayer Team

Heatherly Addens has joined the Prayer Team. Heatherly was previously on the Leadership Team. We’re glad that she has found a role she can do within the time she has available. We are currently looking at joining the Prayer and Pastoral Teams into one. There will be further news soon. Remember, if you want someone to pray with you, you can page them from the board inside the cathedral on the left.

Welcoming Team

We have several volunteers who would like to help build the Welcoming Team once more. Lynx Tree (peacelynxtree) is going to help our Church Warden, Ana Stubbs, to co-ordinate the Welcoming Team. Other members will be joining the team next week and hopefully you will see welcomers on the sim at times when you visit. They will be there to answer questions and show visitors around the sim if needed.

Helene Milena – Lay Pastor

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Conversation & Cake #13

Conversation & Cake is a monthly meeting on Epiphany Island when I share what has been happening in our ministry and listen to views and ideas from members of our community. Here is the report from the 16th June meeting. Comments made by those present are given in italics:

I have to apologise that for part of the time of this meeting I was not hearing voice. I therefore missed some of Celberon’s exuberance (he’s not quite the same in text as in voice).

As usual I will report on various aspects of our ministry. Do feel free to add comments, ask questions and make suggestions as we go along.

Beginning with finances, I can now give you some figures for the whole year as the accounts are now in order for the year 2012-13. We set out with a target of $4125 which was made up in this way:

Tier of $3540 plus 5% in case of increase giving $3717

Payment for our collaboration software of $24 a month giving $288

Provision for buying things for the sim $120

Our income is generated in PayPal and in world, giving us payments in both dollars and Lindens. This inevitably means that all our figures regarding donations are approximate as we have to convert between currencies. Bearing this in mind, we raised $3761 last year which was 91.2% of our target. We spent nothing on the sim at all, but did spend the $288 for our software and would have expected to pay $3540 for our tier, as there has been no increase. That would have required $3828 leaving us with a shortfall of $67 which is not bad at all. Fortunately, as I said last time, our tier has been returned to the non-profit rate which means our total expenditure this year has been $2058 leaving us a healthy surplus over the year.
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Conversation and Cake #5

On 29 July we held our fifth Conversation and Cake get together. Conversation & Cake is a monthly meeting on Epiphany Island when I share what has been happening in our ministry and listen to views and ideas from members of our community. Here is the report from the meeting. Comments made by those present are given in italics:

As usual, the refreshments were mouth-watering and calorie-free, courtesy of Cady’s virtual culinary expertise.

We began by talking about our finances. Collecting for the payment of our next tier in May 2013 had been underway for nearly two months. June was a very good month in which we raised 11% of our annual requirements rather than the 8.5% we would hope for. That allowed the monthly target for July to be lowered. However, as the month came to a close only 18% of that target had been raised, suggesting that future monthly targets would need to be raised. Around 60% of the monthly target needs to be raised in world, with progress being shown on the donations baskets and fonts around Epiphany Island. The rest comes from Paypal donations. A drop in donations in July and August is not unusual as it is a time for holidays/vacations in the northern hemisphere, resulting in less visitors to the sim.

Evening Prayer in German, held on Wednesdays at noon SLT, had run for two weeks. In the first week there were 6 in attendance and in the second week there were 9. Those there have come from several European countries, the USA and England. The service is a translation of the Common Worship Evening Prayer. The service sheet has both German and English wording on it to help those who don’t speak German. Continue reading


Conversation and Cake #3

After the noon SLT service, members of our community met with members of the Leadership Team to hear updates on our ministry and to have a chance to share ideas and ask questions. The wording in italic below is my initial contribution. I then summarise the conversation which followed.

At the last Conversation and Cake I suggested that we would not be able to meet our tier payment this time. I now have up to date figures. It seems that we are only about $46US short of our target, about L$12,000. If we could raise that by the end of May we should be ok for another year. Not only that, we have proved that we can survive financially on donations only even in a time of recession. Hopefully we can find other ways to raise money in the year to come. The current setting on the donations baskets has been left since April, so the donations there cover both months in world. As our tier falls due at the end of May, calculating our budgetary needs from June to May makes sense.

I have suggested that this year we set a budget of the minimum that we need to survive, rather than building in contingency as we did in the year 2011-12. It would be nice to think that this time next year we will be in surplus.

I had mentioned in the service sheet what our need is to be able to pay our tier. As a result I was offered a gift to cover half of what is needed, which is very generous indeed and a wonderfully encouraging piece of support from the community. Others there offered to help where they could. A sponsor was suggested but the risk of anyone being in that position is that it might compromise the independence of the ministry. Ideas were suggested for items to sell on the Marketplace, where it’s possible to have part of the purchasing price sent to someone other than the seller. One member is learning to build and may be able to build to order if things are not too complex. Tails seem to be the early success here. We recognised that creating in SL is time intensive. Those of us who are not creative in SL are amazed at the creativity we see in others.

It was agreed that setting a minimum budget for survival might be better than building in contingency. In the year 2011-2012 we made generous allowances for increase in the price of the tier. We also added 20% to the budget to try to build up surplus so that we are not living hand to mouth. As God seems to be giving us what we need at the last minute, perhaps he prefers us to live hand to mouth of course! Continue reading

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Conversation and Cake #2

Refreshments provided by Cady to help the conversation

Here, rather late I’m afraid, is the report on our last Conversation and Cake get together on Sunday 15 April.

At the last conversation we had talked about finance. At the time of this meeting it was apparent that we will not meet our target in order to pay the tier for the year 2012-2013 which falls due in May. We are probably short of about $1000. The target seen in world has been high because we set a budget to try to provide for the future and to account for increases in prices. As things stand, we will not have raised what we actually need, with no contingency built in. The way to manage is to borrow some money effectively from the months to come but that means that by this time next year we will need to have raised the tier for the year plus the $1000 borrowed. When we consider that in September 2010 Linden Lab suddenly doubled the tier we had to find, I think we did very well as a community to collect what we needed. It has been quite a difference to adapt to. We really appreciate all the generous donations we receive.

Our current source of income is donations. As we have not yet been able to fulfill our hope to become a charity, we cannot apply for grants or claim tax rebates as can be done in some countries. It was suggested that a church seeing us as a mission extension would be good. I have followed up two contacts which members of our community have suggested but so far had no response. It would be wonderful to work with RL churches, providing their members with all that we enjoy in addition to RL church.  Continue reading