Vestry Report, September 28, 2016

This report from the Vestry covers activity through the Summer of 2016.

The Strategic Planning session for the Vestry focused on this question:

How can we build our membership, achieve financial stability and remain true to our mission?

We spend a day and a half looking at the following:

  • Our history
  • The trends we saw that affected the church and the world
  • Identifying the elements of a practical vision
  • Discerning what prevents us from the realization of the vision
  • Developing a set of proposed actions that we can take to deal with the contradictions and move towards the vision
  • Plan for measurable accomplishments and actions steps to carry out our new vision

The Vestry members at the end of the planning session identified four action areas and created committees for each:

  1. Discovering new depths
  2. Engaging with the outside
  3. Rebooting our organization
  4. Reviving our sacred space

Each of these teams developed specific actions. Some items have been started while others remain in the planning stages.

Some of the items the Vestry has moved on are the following:

  • Develop a team of people who can take the Eucharist to people unable to attend church. This program will be inaugurated September 30, 2016.
  • Set up the book club as part of adult education using the Book of Forgiving.
  • Develop a comprehensive list of projects that need to be done to the church and deciding the most critical projects.
  • Ask the Sacred Space Committee to develop a plan to spend $100,000 from the Pearson estate on updating the nave and the entrance to focus our church as a more welcoming place.
  • Develop a commission structure and explain it to the community.
  • Work with greeters to make sure newcomers are welcomed, do outreach on the music programs, and create structures to engage newcomers.
  • Make sure the monthly workdays are focused on creating an inviting, welcoming space.
  • Send a Fall postcard to our neighbors inviting them to visit the church. The postcard is posted on the bulletin board.
Most of the Vestry for 2016

Most of the Vestry for 2016. Front row, left to right: Lee Darrow, Fr. Jed Fox, Sarah Phillips, Truman Coggins. Back row, left to right: Cathy Haskins, Debi Laughlin, Teri Howatt, Jen King, Matt Terry, Bill McGlinn, Tom Byrd, Roger Christiansen

Sacred Space Committee

The Sacred Space Committee has created a plan for spending $100,000.

Ten percent of the money will be spent making the outside of the church more welcoming. The plan includes the removal of three trees for safety-related reasons. Other trees will be limbed to create a more open campus.

The Sacred Space Committee is finalizing a plan for nave. The plan is to spend $90,000 on the flooring, seating, and the platform where the altar is now. The details have not been finalized. The Vestry is inviting everyone to a parish dinner on November 5, 2016, to bring a fulsome picture of the plans. Please save the date.

There is obviously a great deal more to be done. These improvements represent the first stage.

Outside Church of the Redeemer

Parish Finances

The financial picture continues to be challenging. Several members of our community are moving to other locations. We have a working list of all of the members of the church. There currently are about 70 active families and individuals in the parish.

We spent $3,500 on the boiler this summer in order to make sure we are warm during the winter. We now have all of the lights in the nave working.

Pearson Estate

The final settlement of the John Pearson estate includes a $44,000 final payment, in addition to the IRA. This has already been received.

The Vestry developed a set of policy directives for the use of the Pearson money.  These will be posted with the Vestry minutes.

The Vestry is evaluating a plan to put a percentage of the Pearson estate in the Earley Outreach Fund.  We will vote on it at the next Vestry meeting.

John Pearson, Fr. Steve Garratt, and Bill McGlin

John Pearson and Bill McGlin tell everyone about the Day Camp during the 10:00 service on August 17, 2014.

Renting Our Space

We are renting out Parish Hall space in the undercroft to several different organizations.

  • The Kenmore Senior Center is expanding its usage by adding a yoga class to the senior exercise program that already meets in the undercroft.
  • 21 Acres is a community sponsored agriculture (CSA) farm organization. They are using the third alcove to store their ice chests three days a week.

We are looking to see if another cell tower can be placed on the roof. Details are still being worked out. One benefit would be to update the Church’s current slower DSL internet connection to a Fiber Optic network internet connection. More details will be available as the negotiations continue.

Grant Recipient

The Church submitted a grant proposal to the Diocese of Olympia for educational assistance. The proposal has been accepted. Church of the Redeemer will be receiving $9,000 for our children’s education program. If you are interested in the children’s program, please contact Jennifer King ( She will lead a task force to begin a new curriculum called Godly Play. We believe that having a strong children’s program will provide formation to our current children and encourage additional families to join the Redeemer family.

View lesson examples on the Godly Play YouTube Channel.

Earley Outreach

The Mission to Seafarers has a proposal for the Earley Outreach fund. A committee will be formed soon when the proposal from the Mission to Seafarers is complete.

Safeguarding God’s Children

The church hosted a class for a training program called Safeguarding God’s Children in May 2016. Another training class will be available this fall. Everyone who comes in contact with children in parish activities needs to attend this program.

The Bishop’s Visit

The Rt. Rev. Gregory Rickel, Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, will come to Redeemer On October 9, 2016.

We will have an “all hand on deck” work party on Saturday, October 8, in the morning. We want to look our best.

The Bishop will be at both services and at the 9:00 am breakfast between services. After the 10:30 service, the Bishop will meet with the Vestry.

The Rt. Rev. Gregory Rickel, The Ven. Gen Grewell, Emily Austin, the Rev. Fr. Jedediah Fox

The Rt. Rev. Gregory Rickel, The Ven. Gen Grewell, Emily Austin, the Rev. Fr. Jedediah Fox


It is never too early to think about stewardship. The 2017 campaign will begin in October.

The annual meeting is scheduled for January 22, 2017. After a strange schedule of Vestry membership, we are back on track. This January, two women and two men join the Vestry. If you are interested in serving on the Vestry, please contact Fr. Jed Fox (

To contact the officers of the Vestry, send an email message to

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 Northeast 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.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.