Vestry Report for June 30, 2017

The Vestry continues to focus on the implementation of the strategic plan with an eye towards growing the congregation.

So, here is what is happening this summer:

Church School

We are working on a church school program called Godly Play in order to fulfill our baptismal promise to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ. We are working hard to develop a curriculum for youngsters in preschool and elementary school. Last year we received a grant to get started. Soon you will see the job description for the teacher. We will pay this person a small stipend and have a church volunteer help out each week.

The program includes manipulative figures that help the children understand and ponder the stories in the Bible. The Sacred Space task force is working on a plan to redesign one of the alcoves off of the parish hall for the new program. This includes cleaning the carpet, repainting the alcove, and getting shelving for the educational manipulatives for the program. They are making a plan for the next St. Benedict Workparty on Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Another task force is also going to have an outreach program to various child-centered print and web publications. Maybe you will see a flyer to share with your neighbors who are looking for Christian education?

Anyone interested is welcome to join the group that is spearheading the church school project. Jennifer King is the contact person.

This program has funds from a development grant from the Diocese of Olympia.

Tween activities

We are thinking about our “tweens.” We need someone who is interested to develop 8 events, one per month, targeted for this age group. They are a neglected group. We would like to begin by having monthly events that the 5 or so tweens can continue to develop their growth in Christ. We need someone to plan monthly events that will be fun and grow the kids in their faith. It could be a movie, a trip to Mary’s Place, making tacos for the Compass Housing Alliance, or whatever. If you want to take the lead on this, call Fr. Jed.

Survey

We anticipate a survey going out this summer to get a sense about where we want to focus our reading, the possibility of a retreat, and a general discernment of where we are as a congregation.

Newcomers

Engage with those outside Redeemer, a group of people continues to think about what we should tell first timers about ourselves with the pew cards and a welcoming packet. And, how do we get our newcomers integrated into our faith community.

Bulletin Board

Another task force is working on a redesign and refreshing of the bulletin boards. The bulletin boards are going to be recovered and changed up a bit. We want to highlight our ongoing activities: labyrinth, vespers, St. Benedict workparties, and so forth. We want to engage newcomers, share our outreach, and show off our 17 active church groups.

Facility and Grounds

The exterior landscape plan is being reviewed with an eye toward planting in the Fall.

Financial Gifts

We have had three generous financial gifts. Thank you to our donors.

One donation is for new tables to replace the ones in the undercroft. The tables we had were purchased over 35 years ago. And, while we have been careful stewards, it is clearly time to retire them. We now have lighter weight tables that are easier to move, are level, and are in good repair.

Another donation is for a new sign to replace the one facing 181st Street. The Vestry has approved the design. The sign has been ordered and should be in place in a couple of weeks.

We also received a $5000 legacy gift from Margaret Pfeifer, who was a parishioner many years ago. She sang in the choir and left us a legacy gift in her will. $500 of this gift will go to the Early Outreach Fund. The remainder of the gift ($4,500) will go to Redeemers Endowment Fund.

The Future

And remember, coming up soon will be the annual stewardship and budget season. In six months there will be three Vestry openings. If you are intrigued by the notion of being on the Vestry, contact Fr. Jed to have a discussion.

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.

The Episcopal Church welcomes you.