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Vestry meeting of October 20, 2016

Vestry Meeting Minutes

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Naples FL       October 20, 2016


Members Present: Fr. Bill Faupel (Priest-in-Charge), Dick Breithaupt (Sr. Warden), Hal Brundage, Yvon Hive, Adrienne McGrain, Charlene Connolly, Alan Cragg, Van Geoghegan (Jr. Warden), Barbara Kling, Lee Perry.

Members Present via Phone/Skype: Don Anderson

Members Absent:   Lynne LaMarca, Bev Whiteman

The Senior Warden called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. and opened with prayer.

September minutes and financials were unanimously approved with the direction to post them. Moved by Adrienne/seconded by Lee. (The financials appear in the official copy of these minutes as Appendix A).

Item of Personal Privilege.  Fr. Bill gave a short personal profile. In November, Hal will give his profile.   These will be published in St. Paul’s Pathway under the headline: “Meet Your Vestry.”

Request to Explore Building a Columbarium. Barbara and Dave Abernethy brought to the Vestry an offer of providing a money amount towards building a columbarium on St. Paul’s grounds.

Alan moved and Richard seconded a motion to go forward and meet with a representative to give us ideas and quotes. The motion was unanimously approved.  Fr. Bill  appointed Barb and Dave and himself to explore the matter and bring back a proposal.

Report of the Communications Committee: Tom Connolly reported to the Vestry the results of the Parish Survey performed in August. Barb expressed appreciation from the whole Vestry for all his work done on this project.   The report will be shared with the whole parish at the Annual Meeting and will be turned over to the Worship committee as they review our present worship and formation offerings.


Old Business:

  1. Coffee Break: Charlene requested that the vestry decision to eliminate the donation basket at the September meeting be rescinded.  Her rational for the request was that the motion came from the floor and was not fully discussed before the vote was taken, and that several parishioners wished to continue our past practice.

Adrienne then moved and Hal seconded a motion to continue the donation basket and that   Hal, Charlene and Van would meet to discuss how the money received should be handled. The motion was unanimously approved.

  1. Vestry Support of Endowment Proposal.  Alan moved and Barb seconded a motion that in compliance with the agreement at the 2016 February meeting, that the Vestry go on record that each member of the Vestry has met with one of five designated persons to hear a presentation about St. Paul’s endowment and have promised to prayerfully consider making a bequest to the endowment fund.  After considerable discussion and the acknowledgement that one person still needed to hear the presentation, the motion was unanimously approved.

New Business:

  1. Recommendation: Alan moved and Barb seconded a motion that Wendel “Tad” Meyer, Kay Richardson and Claude Vershure be hired as Assisting Priests, Mary Abraham to be named Deacon, and Frank King to be named Chaplain of the Men’s Group for the 2016-2017 season. The motion was unanimously approved.
  2. Recommendation:  Lee moved and Van seconded a motion that our projected 2017 Endowment income (projected at $9,951.73) be distributed and be received by ACH Direct Deposit. The motion was unanimously approved.




  1. Farmers’ Market

no report


  1. Stewardship Campaign

Fr. Bill reported for Bev Whiteman that the stewardship letters and pledge cards have been sent out and that Consecration Sunday will be December 13 when Bishop Smith is here to kick off St. Paul’s “Year of Jubilee.


  1. Blue Zone

Fr. Bill Reported for Bev Whiteman that she will focus on this program after the stewardship drive is completed at the end of this calendar year.


  1. 2017 Budget Process

Hal reported the Vestry members will be asked to predict the 2017 budget by gathering the necessary information. Fr. Bill will send out a reminder to the Vestry members the week of October 24.


  1. 50th Anniversary

Dick gave dates to remember; January 27 and 28 of 2018. The 27th will be St. Paul’s banquet and the 28th will be the celebration at church on the date of the Conversion of St. Paul. December 4, Dick will present the year of the jubilee to St. Paul’s at all three services. Bishop will be coming to St. Paul’s December 11.


Events are being planned for each month beginning January 2017 – January 2018 having to do with the number 50/5/500.


  1. Birthday Club

Dick will gather ideas and share with the Society of St. Paul’s on how to proceed.


  1. Diocesan Apportionment Schedule

Fr. Bill reported that St. Paul’s is fully paid up.


  1. Schedule for work-shop with Michael Basden

Michael Basden has a schedule conflict with the proposed dates for his January workshop.   His proposed alternate dates do not fit St. Paul’s calendar.   Fr. Bill will contact him and report back and notify the vestry by email when the new dates are established.


  1. Air Conditioner & Sound System

Fr. Bill reported they are replaced or fixed. We do need a new amplifier in Trinity Hall.


  1. Outreach

Lee reported he will check into Meals for Hope in Fort Myers and bring a proposal at the next meeting for St. Paul to participate.


  1. Christmas Pageant

Charlene noted that the Christmas Pageant is December 18 and we need singers for the Christmas Carol choir.


Prayers to Sendy’s mom (host Sunday mornings) Her mom had 2 strokes and is in ICU.


The date of the November Vestry Meeting is set for WEDNESDAY, November 16, at 6:30 p.m.   


­The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted


Deb Avery                                                                                                                             Recording Secretary for                                                                                                                                         

Bev Whiteman                                                                                                                                       Vestry Clerk


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