At its March 17 meeting, the Emmaus council unanimously approved a proposal from Pastor Mary that as of May 1, Pastor Mary will be removed from rostered clergy status and moved to retirement status. Continuing to serve half-time, she will be contracted at a monthly rate of $2900, receiving no medical or retirement benefits.
$800 of her current benefits will be reallocated to be partial payment of the benefits of the Outreach Director (which total $981.67 a month).
Bishop Jeff Barrow has approved the change in status, and the necessary paper work is now being processed by Portico, the retirement fund of the ELCA. This change frees up benefit money, which will then be applied to the benefits of the new Outreach Director, Carol Yust.