Thank to everyone who came to the annual meeting on Feb. 5. It was a great turnout with an overall very positive vibe. Thank you, Charlie Chapman, for providing us with our 2017 budget and explaining it so thoroughly. Thank you to Russ Engle and the Stewardship Committee for shepherding us through the pledging process, and especially to Russ for making so many follow-up phone calls. We are blessed to have received almost $10,000 more in 2016 than was pledged, and for 2017 pledges totaling $204,000, which is $6,000 more than we originally budgeted. Your contributions, no matter what amount you are able to give, are an indicator of your love and concern for St. Patrick’s. We literally could not do what we do without these monies, so “Thank You!”
All things come of thee, O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee.
Our new vestry met immediately following the annual meeting, and we elected Andy Robart to be our Junior Warden. Thank you, Andy! We also welcomed Viva McKenzie onto the vestry as our newest member. The nine-member vestry normally has a three-person turnover each year, and we’ve gotten off track with that but are hoping this year to steer it back to the normal rotation. We will keep you posted.
The vestry meets on the third Friday of the month, starting at 11 a.m., and we had our first regular meeting on Feb. 17. Here are the highlights:
1) We considered a proposal from Miriam Casey to create a more formal structure for engagement and growth in our parish, to be called the Engagement and Growth Committee. This committee will develop relationships with parishioners to better understand what they need and what they want from St. Patrick's – two different things. Within the context of these relationships, we will also identify what the special talents of parishioners are and what they might like to lead. From that information, we will have data that is actionable, so we know what new fellowship groups to form, who wants to participate, and who wants to lead. The sense of the vestry is that this a good and timely proposal and we’ll move forward with it, including discussing it further at our vestry retreat on March 4.
2) We discussed how outreach is funded, and reaffirmed that Outreach needs to be line item in the budget. It is not the responsibility of the Outreach Committee to raise their own funds. In the past, it just so happened that Jean Derum was head of Outreach and also spearheaded our fall fundraisers, but we want to make it clear that any fundraising we undertake is the responsibility of the entire congregation, for the benefit of St. Patrick’s. In other words, all hands on deck! And, speaking of which, mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 7 for a big Pasta and Bingo Party.
3) Adult Education is happening! The vestry reviewed the schedule of classes put together by Miriam Casey, Marcia Tyriver, Karen King, Judith Kesot, Laurie Boone Hogen and Rev. Jen
– many thanks to them for organizing and scheduling these classes. The classes are listed on our website and posted on the bulletin boards and in the Sunday bulletin. There was a fascinating “Introduction to Islam” on Feb. 12 during the 9 and 10:30 services. This happened to coincide with the guitar mass, which was so inspiring and beautiful. Thank you, Kate Aldrich, for organizing it, and thank you to all the guitarists– there were many! In March, Jen+ and Deacon Marcia Tyriver will teach instructed Eucharist during the services, which should be interesting for both long-time Episcopalians and those of us who are new to this church, or any church. Other classes will take place at 9:15 and 10:15 on Sundays, to allow as many of us as possible to attend. Please support them.
4) We looked forward to the Feb. 26 meeting with Canon Andrea McMillan to discuss the results of the Holy Cow survey, which will have taken place by the time you read this letter in the Grapevine. We understand that parishioners have a variety of opinions about where St. Patrick’s is headed, and where it should be headed as we embark upon the search for a permanent rector. But one thing we all agree on is that we expect everyone to treat one another with love, kindness and respect throughout the process.
5) We will have a one-day Vestry Retreat on March 4 at the home of Senior Warden Ann Peters in Kenwood. Please pray for Rev. Jen+, your vestry, and everyone in any kind of leadership role here at St. Patrick’s. We are confident that God is with us and guiding us.