Vestry Actions - January 201501.15.15 | Vestry ActionsWe say goodbye to Lou Gennaro and Bill Walker, welcome Cathy Ward and Mary LaCoursiere. We deal with some financial issues and plan for Easter and Spring. Vestry Actions January 8th 2015 The Vestry met on January 8th 2015 and covered a wide range of topics. Lou Gennaro served as Chaplain for the meeting and opened the meeting with a prayer. We reluctantly accepted Mary Casey’s resignation as Director of Christian Education. Mary will remain an active congregant, but after much consideration and reflection upon the successes and challenges of her seven years in this position has decided to accept another opportunity on Nantucket. Her resignation will be effective February 15th, 2015. With Mary’s resignation we will prepare job descriptions that coincide with her current responsibilities that cover several areas. Kenny Hilbig will remain in charge of Youth Education. Lou Gennaro, whose term on the vestry expires in January – as does Bill Walker’s - presented a report from the nominating committee and placed Cathy Ward’s and Jeff Blackwell’s names in nomination for the vestry election to be held on January 25th. Additionally, it was reported that Stacey Stuart’s name will be placed in nomination for senior warden replacing Ken Beaugrand whose term as warden has expired. This will result in an opening on the vestry, and a third name will be placed in nomination prior to the January 25th meeting. Jean Wagley and Cece Fowler were nominated to serve a second three-year term. Dual Macintyre presented the treasurer’s report indicating satisfactory financial performance in 2014. He also presented a preliminary 2015 budget that projects a close to break even operating financial performance that will be offset by special expenses associated with the Rector Search and contributions to the Diocese’s Capital Campaign. The vestry accepted the treasurer’s report. The vestry also approved two resolutions; one changing signatories on our bank account and the other recognizing that Gale Davis’s use of the rectory does not constitute taxable income. Lou Gennaro reported on the progress of the Rector Search. With the Diocese’s acceptance of our Parish Profile, we are starting to receive applications. Martin McKerrow presented a website report. Our current website has been almost completely updated, and we are commencing a search for a new website provider. A five person website committee has been formed. Steve Paradis presented the Buildings and Grounds report. This included a list of capital expenses that will be required in the coming year and with the exception of the parish house roof, fall outside of the projects funded by our recently concluded capital campaign. It was agreed that these projects would be prioritized and presented with an estimated budget. The vestry agreed to move forward with the parish house roof replacement and to continue to mitigate the leak in our bell tower. Stacey Stuart presented the Fellowship report that included plans for monthly captaincy of the coffee hour, pre Lenten dinners to be held at congregants’ homes on February 7th and plans for a Shrove Tuesday dinner. Interim Rector Gale Davis discussed the comments she has received on plans to seasonally change the liturgy and the new practice of not asking parishioners to publicly acknowledge birthdays or anniversaries and visitors to announce where they were from. There has been some objection to a reduced use of Rite I, but acceptance of alternative liturgies. The issues of birthdays, anniversaries and visitor announcements will be re-evaluated over the coming months. The meeting concluded with a closing prayer from Lou Gennaro.