Vestry Report, September 11, 2015

The is the report from the Vestry at Church of the Redeemer for September 2015.

Property

These are various items regarding the property at Church of the Redeemer.

Workparty on September 5, 2015

Jennifer King and Jane Sprague organized a focused workday. About 20 people arrived to participate in Workparty. Five truck loads of debris was removed and sent to recycling. The entry way was cleared of debris, ivy removed, plants trimmed, and the walkways cleared. Workparty began with Morning Prayer. The work began with a tasty array of coffee and snacks.

Jennifer and Jane are planning to organize monthly work parties. They will be focused and short. The next one is scheduled for October 10, 2015.

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Boy Scout Project

The Boy Scouts are completing an Eagle Scout Project on September 12, 2015. They are building and putting up cabinets in the Memorial Garden work area, removing and cleaning the old storage units, and moving the storage units to the driveway entrance on the lower level.

Water Damage

There was a leak from the roof over the narthex during the heavy rain. We are investigating

Change of location for the Nursery

We are moving the location of the nursery from the Education Building to the former nursery room in the undercroft. This will provide a better and safer space for the infants and children. The children will be near the other teachers in the undercroft if there is an emergency.

The nursery in the Education Building will become an office for the Music Director and office space for Fr. Jed to meet with people on site.

Emily Austin’s postulant process

The vestry signed a letter to the Bishop supporting Emily in the process of becoming a deacon.

Update on the Pearson Estate

There is still some major uncertainty about the estate. John Pearson’s sisters have challenged the will because it was not properly executed.

There is an IRA that designates Church of the Redeemer as the beneficiary. This money has not yet been transferred to the Church; John Pearson wanted the money to be used for property. Before we access any of the money, we will develop a set of policies for its use.

The Earley Outreach Fund Updates

These are updates about the Earley Outreach Fund.

Rebuild Our Churches

The Vestry authorized a contribution of $2,500 to the Rebuild the Churches. This funds the reconstruction of several Black churches that have burned this year. There was some urgency about the project and the Vestry acted on behalf of the congregation to fund this project.

At the end of June 2015, following the massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, there were a series of fires that destroyed Black churches throughout the South. Some have been identified as arson, others have not. All are devastating blows to the heart of the Black community.

As fellow children of God, we stand with our sisters and brothers to help them rebuild these buildings. These are not just houses of worship, but centers of ministry for their community.

Applications for the Earley Outreach Fund

These are applications received by the Earley Outreach Fund

King County Jail Ministry

The King County Jail Ministry has asked for a renewal of their funds. We have asked for specifics on the request and we will be reviewing the request in October 2015.

The Warehouse

The Warehouse is a project with a South Africa diocese. A cousin of Mark Phillips is the executive director of the Warehouse. The request is to assist with World Toilet Day to provide sanitation to the black settlements outside of Cape Town.

Matt Terry is the Vestry representative. A committee of three members of the congregation will be formed. The plan is to have the presentation to the congregation in late September 2015. Then, if it makes sense to consider the application, the Vestry will make the final decision in October 2015.

Parish Dinner

There was a fellowship and a celebration for the start of the 2015-2016 program year on September 12, 2015.

Finances

The Vestry is working on the 2016 budget.

The letter to parishioners requesting them to rethink their pledges resulted in an increase of about $10,000. We need to figure out how to build a budget for 2016 that both increases pledges and reduces expenditures.

The Vestry has done the following to reduce expenditures:

  • We have looked at all our contracts and rebid them.
    • We have a proposal to reduce the cost of the cleaning service.
    • We are looking to see if we can reduce the cost of garbage services by reducing the level of service.
    • We have a new contract for the copier services, which saves us money.
  • The Solar Project will reduce electricity costs. We were able to combine the billing, which means we can apply our savings to all of our electric expenditures.
  • We are going to eliminate the rented storage unit.
  • We are deferring all the expenditures that we can. It is a balancing act to determine what can be deferred and when a deferral means additional costs later on.
  • The Vestry has looked at the outreach and the music budget. Our current thinking is that Music and Outreach are a significant part of who we are and our work to bring about the Kingdom of God. We are not looking at this time to reduce either of these expenses.

Church of the Redeemer completes an audit annually. Herb Kierulff and Tom Byrd conducted the most recent audit. They had minor suggestions to make our financial processes more accountable. Thank you, Tom and Herb.

If you have any ideas about how to reduce expenditures or increase revenues, please contact Fr. Jed or a member of the Vestry.

Vestry retreat

The Vestry is having a planning retreat in September 2015. The focus of the retreat is the long term strategies for acting out our mission in the world.

Church of the Redeemer

Community life at Redeemer centers on worship in the Episcopal traditionArt and music vitally deepen this worship. Our faith expresses itself with service to people, locally to internationally.

Church of the Redeemer is at 6210 181st Street in Kenmore, Washington. We are a short distance north of Bothell Way, near the Burke-Gilman Trail. The entrance looks like a gravel driveway. The campus is larger on the inside than it is on the outside.

On most Sundays, services are at 8:00 am (simple, no music, historic language) and 10:30 am (music, contemporary language). There is childcare for the 10:30 am service.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.

 

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