St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Vestry Meeting Minutes
August 23, 2018
The Vestry meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Richard Breithaupt. Fr. Bill opened with prayer.
Members Present: Richard Breithaupt, Senior Warden; Don Anderson, Junior Warden; Dave Abernethy, Treasurer; Fr. Bill, Priest-in-Charge, Charlene Connolly, and Judy Allen. Attending via phone were Lee Perry and Dick Emerson. Absent were Peter Lund, Alan Cragg, Bev Whitman, Darlene Shoemaker, and Yvon Hive.
Minutes: Don moved that the June minutes be approved as distributed with the understanding that he could speak to the motion. Judy seconded the motion. In the discussion which followed, Don moved that the last sentence in the outreach report with the understanding that amount to be distributed next year from this year’s income will be governed by the total income for the year be deleted. The motion as amended was unanimously approved.
Financials: David moved, and Don seconded a motion that the June & July financials be approved as distributed. The motion was unanimously approved.
Don moved and seconded by consensus a motion that the Vestry recognize the very diligent efforts of the Search Committee in bringing to the Vestry three highly qualified candidates for the Rector Elect of St. Paul’s in a timely manner and at a minimum cost. Members of the Search Committee include: Chairperson Richard Breithaupt, Vice Chairperson Linda Connelly, Dave Abernethy, Don Anderson,, Tom Connolly, Connie Cunningham, and Ginny Harper.
Don moved and seconded by consensus a motion that the Vestry recognize outstanding leadership of Senior Warden Richard Breithaupt, Chairman of the Search Committee and Vestry provided in bringing in a timely manner three highly qualified candidates for Rector Elect of St. Paul’s.
David Abernethy reviewed the financial reports for June and July. Pledges are down 17% from 2017. Expenses are exceeding income.
Dick reported Audit was sent to the diocese in a timely manner and St. Paul’s was thanked for their thoroughness, timeliness and excellent recommendations.
Lee reported he is finalizing bids on St. Paul’s insurance policies and will report in September.
Father Bill reported that now that a Rector-Elect has been named, the following prayer will said as part of the Sunday Liturgy until his arrival
Almighty God, we give thanks that You have guided the minds of those who have
chosen a Rector for this parish. We pray that Fr. Tom will be a faithful pastor,
who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen
Fr. Bill reported that Tom Connelly will be putting together a special edition about the Rector Elect and information on his installation and Fr. Bill’s goodbye luncheon.
Fr. Bill reported the Convocation is September 4 at 7 pm at St. Mary’s.
The Ecumenical Concert will be held August 25 at 4 pm at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Richard reported Fr. Bill’s last Sunday at St. Paul’s will be October 28. On that Sunday there will be a farewell party in Trinity Hall. Fr. Bill is taking vacation from September 28- October 8.
Richard reported we are working with the diocese on details and coordinating with the Bishop on a date.
Two services will begin again on October 7, at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. On October 28 the 8 a.m. service will be canceled so all can attend Fr. Bill’s farewell party which will follow the 10 a.m. service..
The next scheduled Vestry meeting is Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm.
Don moved, and Judy seconded a motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 pm. The motion was unanimously approved.
Bev Whiteman Deborah Avery
Clerk of the Vestry Recording Secretary
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