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3901 Davis Blvd., two blocks east of Airport Road


3901 Davis Blvd., east of Airport Road

street sign

Vestry meeting of November 16, 2017

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Vestry Meeting Minutes

November 16, 2017


The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Richard Breithaupt, Senior Warden, followed by pray by an opening prayer given by Richard.


Members Present: Richard Breithaupt, Senior Warden; Dave Abernethy, Treasurer; Don Anderson, Junior Warden, Alan Cragg, Darlene Shoemaker, Lynne LaMarca,, Charlene Connolly, Peter Lund, and Bev Whiteman, Clerk.


Members Absent:  Carol Diehm, Fr. Bill Faupel, Priest-in-Charge, Yvon Hive, and Judy Allen


Item of Personal Privilege:   Lynne LaMarca was given the floor to give the Vestry the highlights of her life story.  Charlene Connolly will make her presentation at the December meeting.


Minutes & Financials: Darlene moved and Alan seconded a motion that the October minutes be approved as distributed.  The motion was unanimously approved. Alan moved and Peter seconded a motion that the October 2017 Treasurer’s reports be approved as distributed.


New Business


  1. Signatures on St. Paul’s Investment Funds:

Alan moved and Bev seconded the motion to approve Richard Breithaupt, Don Anderson, Dave Abernethy, and Fr. Bill be the authorized signatories for St. Paul’s investment funds consisting of shares in Verizon and 3-M and it’s mutual funds. The motion was unanimously approved.


  1. St. Paul’s stock in Verizon and 3-M

Alan moved and Bev seconded the motion to authorize the Executive Committee to sell St. Paul’s stock in Verizon and 3-M and liquidate its mutual fund and invest the money along with the Greene bequest in an ETF Fund.


  1. Discussion Items:

Budget- Dave reported that the Vestry members who were giving the 2018 budget to work on, submit it on the work sheet he had passed out and return their report to him by Thursday, December 14 so he is able to present the preliminary budget to the Vestry at the December 21 meeting.


Process for Choosing a new Rector- Richard reported the survey for the profile will go out the Monday after the Jubilee. January 29. The survey will be expected to be tabulated and analyzed by the end of February. The report of the results will be given to the parish at the parish lunch on March 4, 2018.


A number of persons were named and prioritized for the Senior Warden to approach to be ask to be on the Search Committee.    Because of a desire to forward with all deliberate speed and in part because Fr. Bill has announced that he cannot stay beyond November 1, 2018, finally because of the difficulty communicating from a distance, it was agreed that all members of the search committee be year around members.    In consultation with Canon Cooter, they further agreed that the search committee should consist of seven members, three coming from the vestry and four members from the congregation at large.   The Senior Warden said that Canon Cooter will work closely with the Search Committee and the Vestry throughout the search process.




  1. Communications Report:

Darlene Shoemaker presented the communications report. Along with her report, she said she has lined up volunteer help for the office for Fridays during the Season, and the parish survey will be presented the Vestry by the next Vestry meeting in December. (Attachment) 

Alan asked to have the Vestry approve purchasing 6” letters for  the St. Paul’s street sign. Richard moved and Bev seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously approved.


  1. Society of St. Paul’s:

Richard reported the parish luncheon for the SOSP will be March 4 at 11:30 in Trinity Hall. It will be potluck. Presented at this get together will be “The Future of St. Paul’s”.



  1. Farmers’Market:
    Don reported the we are off to a flying start. The first Saturday was an easy day, with plenty of help.


  1. Property:

Alan reported that we have a list of items on the TO DO list from Burton Tucker. (attachment).There was recent damage to the rood in the rectory which has just caused a leaking waterpipe in the ceiling. Alan said it would cost approx.. $1900.00 to fix. Alan moved and Charlene seconded to have this fixed and paid for. n the new air conditioners for Serson Hall, fixing Trinity Hall and the church air conditioners. The motion was unanimously approved.


  1. Stewardship:

Bev reported it is too early for results at this time. When we receive them, she will attempt to call those who have not responded to the Stewardship Pledge.


  1. Treasurer:

Dave gave a report on the financials.


  1. Outreach:

Lynne said we have received many thank you letters for the checks we sent out to groups for our Outreach Program.


  1. Vestry Member:

Carol Diehm has given us her resignation to the Vestry. Possible candidates for the opening will be Lee Perry and Connie Cunningham.


  1. Drinking Fountain:

Dave Abernethy reported the drinking fountain he and Barbara donated to the church will soon be installed in the Narthex.


Upcoming Events

  1. Thanksgiving Service, Thursday November 23 – 1:00 p.m.
  2. Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday November 23 – 2:00 p.m.
  3. Blessing of the Animals, Saturday, November 25, -- 10:00 a.m.
  4. Potluck with David Holmes, Thursday November 30 – 5:30 p.m.
  5. ECW Luncheon with the Keystones, Wednesday, December 6 – 11:00 a.m.
  6. Ecumenical Cantata at East Naples UMC, Sunday, December 10 – 3:00 p.m.
  7. Parish Luncheon -- Tuesday, December 12 – 11:30 a.m.
  8. Tuesday Night at the Movies – Tuesday, December 12 – 7:00 p.m.
  9. Billy Dean & Dawn Christmas Concert, Thursday, December 14 – 7:00 p.m.
  10. Children’s Christmas Pageant, Sunday December 17 – 5 p.m.
  11. Vestry Meeting – Thursday, December 21 – 6:30 p.m.
  12. Christmas Eve Services   Sunday December 24, 10 a.m. 9:00 p.m.                    11 p.m. (creole)
  13. Christmas Service,  Monday, December 25,  10:00 a.m.
  14. Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 31, 10 a.m.
  15. Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, Monday, January 1, 2018 at 1 p.m.



Bev moved and Darlene seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Bev Whiteman                                                                         

Clerk of the Vestry 




 Deborah Avery

 Recording Secretary



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