Vestry Report for November 30, 2016

Happy New Year.

Strategic Planning Committee on our sacred space and the proposed renovations

The Vestry approved the contracts for the two major renovations to the nave. The Strategic Planning Committee created specs for the renovation. Then, the Vestry approved sending the bids out. We received two bids—both under what we anticipated.

The new flooring and the new seating installation will begin after Epiphany and could be done by Easter in mid-April. (But, really. All constriction takes longer than anticipated.)

We will be removing the pews after Epiphany in order to set the stage for the flooring renovation. The Vestry is exploring ways to recycle or reuse the wood or the pews. We are making plans for moving our worship space either to the Education Building or the Parish Hall in the undercroft during construction.

As you who are attending adult education know, the furnace has failed and is beyond repair. The replacement furnace is scheduled to be installed soon.

Stewardship campaign

The Stewardship campaign for 2017 has begun in earnest. Everyone should have received a pledge card. You are asked to return it as soon as possible so we can figure out our anticipated revenues.

The proposed budget is about $294,000. The actual budget will be approved at the annual meeting in January.

This budget continues to be barebones. As you may recall, we have lost several major donors, and, although our attendance is slowly rebounding, we still have fewer parishioners that we did in 2010.

Last year we made a commitment to use $40,000 from the Pearson Fund in 2016, $20,000 in 2017 and $10,000 in 2018. This year we have used the $40,000 to backfill the budget. Although we have $20,000 this year from the Pearson Fund, if we do not raise the anticipated budget, we will have to reduce spending.

Continuing education for Fr. Jed

Fr. Jed attended a continuing education retreat in October conducted by the Church Pension Fund. The description of the conference is the following:

The CREDO I Eight-Day conference is the foundational CREDO conference. Participants are invited to a selection of CREDO I conferences depending on their age group: 54 and under, 55 and over, and all ages. Beginning with the first day (Monday afternoon), CREDO I offers a unique, replenishing experience that provides time and tools to focus on holistic health and well-being. The culmination of the CREDO I Conference is the CREDO Plan—a personal covenant that the participant formulates from the knowledge attained and aspirations uncovered during the CREDO experience. Each individual CREDO plan captures the participant’s formal and actionable commitment to holistic wellness.

Earley Outreach Fund expenditures

Mission to SeafarersThe Vestry voted to provide the Mission to Seafarers a $5,300 grant to help purchase a much needed van to transport seafarers from the pier to Seattle to pick up needed supplies.

The Mission to Seafarers has received funds from the Earley Outreach Fund in the past. The Vestry voted to send them additional funds this year. Below is an excerpt from their application:

We extend our Baptismal Covenant in so many ways:

  • We proclaim the Good News by our actions (As St. Francis says, “Spread the Gospel of the Lord, if necessary use words!”) by welcoming the stranger, feeding the hungry, visiting the prisoner (those aboard the ships that have no visa are actual prisoners).
  • We love our neighbor without prejudice. Many seafarers are from Third World countries, about 2/3 are non-Christians—including many unchurched—and we welcome and love them all.
  • We respect the dignity of every human being—regardless of rank, Faith, gender, or ethnicity. We serve each and every one with a smile and a warm heart.
  • But most of all—and we particularly proud of this portion of our ministry—we address the real poverty: The poverty of spirit which comes from being alone and isolated for months at time. Seafarers have a high rate of suicide and divorce, and we hope by our love and our warm and generous welcome, we can bring a little bit of family, a bit of love, and a bit of inner peace.

Outreach Committee

The Outreach Committee is working on welcoming and hospitality. An ad was placed in the Kenmore paper, the Shoreline area news and Next Door about the Advent Lessons and Carols. If you see anyone new –be gracious.


The monthly labyrinth is continuing. On December 20 there will be a labyrinth walk in the Parish Hall. The labyrinth is an interesting spiritual exercise and everyone is invited to try it out.

Labyrinth participants in September 2016

Christmas restroom upgrade

What could be better than a little upgrade to the restrooms? We were thinking that maybe, if we made a list of the items we need to do an upgrade to the restrooms in the undercroft, parishioners would like to contribute as part of their Christmas giving.

We will post a couple of items we need to make some basic upgrades. You can make a donation of part or all of an item. We will have a sign up list with prices next week.

Here are the items we think would make a difference:

  • Baby changing tables
  • New toilets for the men’s room
  • Painting
  • Grab bars
  • Toilets
  • Electric heaters
  • Lighting
  • Towel dispensers

Then we will ask you for in-kind labor to fix up and install the upgrades.

Vestry and Bishop Rickel in October 2016

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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.