St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Vestry Meeting Minutes
March 16, 2017
The meeting was called to order at 6:32 p.m. by Senior Warden, Richard, who asked Fr. Bill to open the meeting with prayer.
Members Present: Richard Breithaupt, Senior Warden, Bev Whiteman, Clerk, Dave Abernethy, Treasurer; Don Anderson, Junior Warden; Charlene Connolly, Alan Cragg, Fr. Bill Faupel, Priest-in-Charge; Van Geoghegan, Yvon Hive; Lynn LaMarca, Peter Lund, and Darlene Shoemaker.
Members Absent: Carol Diehm
- of Personal Privilege: Don Anderson was then given the floor to give the Vestry the highlights of his life story. This presentation will be shared with the congregation in a future issue of St. Paul’s Pathway. Peter Lund was assigned to make a presentation at the April meeting.
- & Financials: Bev moved and Van seconded a motion that the February minutes and financials be approved as distributed. The motion was unanimously approved.
- Alan made a motion and Don seconded that the monthly summer brunch be resumed during the summer season (May-October). The vote was unanimously approved.
- Van made a motion and Charlene seconded that we hold one Sunday morning service 9 a.m., during the months of June-September. The service will follow the format that the worship team comes up with for the 10 a.m. service. The vote was unanimously approved.
- Fr. Bill suggested we use the dispersal of Diocesan Dividend funds for promoting St. Paul’s Jubilee.
- Fr. Bill announced a Spanish speaking congregation of the Assemblies of God was looking for a worship home and had asked if they could rent St. Paul’s. It was agreed that the St. Paul’s campus has to many activities at this time to take on another renter.
- Dave reported the 2016 audit is beginning to set up teams.
- Christian Formation: Charlene reported that Adult Formation class “The Spirituality of Intimacy” led by Fr. Tad and his wife Ann will end March 26.
Easter bags will be given to the Farmers’ Market children on Holy Saturday.
Easter Sunday there will be an egg hunt in the courtyard for children 10 and under.
She gave each Vestry member a handout providing background to the Stations of the Cross on Wednesdays during Lent and encouraged the group to attend.
- Communications: Darlene in consultation with Barbara Kling, Communications Chair, reported that 1) Tom Connolly showed the team an audit of St. Paul’s website, with good ideas and a good critique; 2) The Pictorial Directory is ready for March 19. 3) St. Paul’s Pathway. Fr. Al is not well and will need additional now on. Bill Strenkert has agreed to do research for new ideas from other newsletters. Recommendations for a Co-Editor are requested. 4) Next Jubilee event is March 30, honoring Fr. Frank. 5) Naples Scene, a free publication, is scheduled to take pictures on March 18 at the Farmers’ Market.
- Congregational Integration: Yvon reported the Holy Name of Jesus annual service on the beach and picnic is scheduled for June 25, from 11 a.m. to 5p.m. at Lowdermilk Beach. This will be potluck with cold foods. There will be no cooking at the beach. The 7:45 a.m. and 10 a.m. congregations are cordially invited to attend.
Fr. Bill moved and Richard seconded a motion that the Vestry accept this invitation on behalf of the morning congregation and authorize him to covey our acceptance to the Holy Name of Jesus Congregation. The motion was unanimously and enthusiastically approved. Fr. Bill will consult with Fr. Panel on details.
- Farmer’s Market: Don reported that Farmer’s Market is rocking along and the new toilets are flushing away.
- Fellowship: Van reported more signing up to bring food for Sunday fellowship is needed. Charlene has been buying extra food to add to the Sunday fellowship and charging it to the church. This has been working out well.
- Finance: Dave reported the parking area will soon need to be resurfaced. Options are being looked at. He will walk the lot and consult with Burton Tucker, who volunteered to do the job this summer.
- Outreach: Lynne reported on the wonderful sewing project the Sewing for Hope group did for the Tumaini Fund. Marion Kennedy, Linda Condon, Bobby Holt, Judy Hall, and Judy Martin are all to be commended. The group meets twice a month, 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays.
Sarah Lawrence and Peter Kanarian take the food to St. Matthews for the food collection. Peter puts reminders in the Weekly Update and hopes the number of food items will increase. Lynne said she was asked if St. Paul’s would help with the Harry Chapin Food Bank which feeds over 17 million meals each year in SW FL.
Lynne is hoping there will be an interest in the tour of Habitat for Humanity on March 22. She also commended Alan Cragg, who has been a volunteer for the organization for over 25 years.
- Pastoral Care: Peter reported he has scheduled a Eucharistic/Hospital Visitor meeting on March 23 to brain storm on ways to improve and find more volunteers for this ministry.
- Property: Alan reported that there has been needed repairs at the Rectory and more are coming. The sprinkling system has also been repaired. We need to look at the future of the rectory. Should we continue to fix up or sell the property? At the present time, most of the rental proceeds is needed to maintain the property. He asked the question, should this issue be studied before a new Rector is hired or should it be deferred until it is determined whether a new Rector would desire to live in the Rectory as part of his/her compensation.
- Jubilee Committee: Dick reported we have close to 40 pints of blood pledged. The blood drive is April 1. The committee continues to meet. Fr. Franks, Jubilee Dinner is set for March 30 with a straw-hat theme.
- Sunday Ministries: Fr. Bill reported that a meeting with the Ushers scheduled for noon Thursday, March 30.
- Worship: Bev reported the group is doing great and compromising well together. She is excited about the group and the changes they are making to have the combined service fit the needs of both the 9:15 and 10:45 service styles.
- Other matters: Alan reported the men’s group that meets on Friday, has had some great speakers and more to come. Check the Weekly Update for information.
It was brought up to list the Vestry member in the bulletins or Weekly Update so the parishioners know who they are, and the area of ministry they are involved in.
- The time of the next meeting was set for 6:30 p.m., April 20, in the Church Library.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20.
- 18, Saturday Tumaini Fund USA’S Annual Fundraiser (Naples Sailing & Yacht Club) at 5:30 22, Wednesday Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m.
- 23, Thursday Billy Dean & Dawn Concert 7:00 p.m.
- 29, Wednesday Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m.
- 30, Thursday Jubilee Dinner 5:30 p.m. April 5, Wednesday Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. April 9, Sunday Palm Sunday and Passion Narrative at 7:45 & 10:00 a.m. April 12, Wednesday Stations of the Cross April 13, Thursday Maundy Thursday, Feet Washing & Stripping of the Altar at 6:00 p.m. April 14, Friday Good Friday Service at noon April 15, Saturday Easter Vigil and Holy Baptism at 6:00 p.m. April 16 Sunday Easter services at 7:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. April 20 Thursday Vestry at 6:30 p.m. May 6 Saturday Vestry Retreat at Dayspring 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Deb Avery Recording Secretary for
Bev Whiteman Vestry Clerk