Minutes – May 18, 2010
members: Linda Eilers, Loyd Swope, Greg Puckett, Shea Weidner, Rolf Wilkin, Dale Green, Charlie Russell, Martha McNair
Staff: Lowell Grisham, Suzi Freeman, Suzanne Stoner
Guest: Laura Wilkins
Clerk: Sara Milford
Absent: Christine Klinger,
Nicole Olmstead, Terri Chaddick, Ellen Hayward
I. Opening prayer: Fr. Grisham
II. Old Business:
Lowell raises the concern about Chuck serving bloody marys in the sacristy being in violation of our alcohol
policy. After careful discussion and clarification, the vestry approves to allow Chuck's bloody marys (as it was approved
in April), now being fully aware that it is an exception to the policy, not within the current alcohol policy.
III. New Business:
IV. Rector’s Report:
Some of Bob Gallagher's (BG) first advice in phone conversation was
Do anything? (bricks
Do nothing? (leave footprint the same, add services, staff, etc.?
At some point the vestry has to decide and take lead; right
now, the vestry role is to listen as church finds common mind and to be open facilitators in this conversation.
to state the situation → the church is full
BG: expect to have two options and “other” after taking “doing nothing” off
1) Build new, 2) Expand present, 3) Other
Have people draw near their favorite option (signs on walls); discover how congregation
feels; invite people to work on their option, building a team; randomly assign vestry members to the options to help
Lowell shares letter he and Rolf have drafted
Loyd suggests adding vestry contact information
Charlie thinks it's stated positively
Shea suggests having
a Parish Conversation at the 10:00 hour
Greg thinks this helps keep it finite
Next available time is June 27th – will be first opportunity
to discuss this
NAG committee there to present the numbers, problems
Goal: present compelling issue and then ask whether to do something or nothing;
whether can take “doing nothing” off the table
May take 2-3 sessions to do this.
that adding services doesn't necessarily alleviate overcrowding; remodeling or adding on could create problems in meeting the fire code
Picnic – June 6th
Phillip from Lewis Ford will be cooking
with food transport, clean-up, and supervising alcohol
Alcohol supervision: Dale will be in charge of beer & wine; will
also ask Bill Brookshire to help, and Linda Jones and Jules Taylor
Vestry will wear name tags, identifying themselves
as vestry members
Also need to get photos of vestry for a bulletin board (or add to staff board)
in the system because of Lowell's approaching retirement age
While on retreat, realized that he had let age set an
arbitrary timeline for retirement/decisions. He's letting go of this and will let retirement come organically and spiritually,
continuing his grace-led path.
Per inquiry, shares that Bob Gallagher is doing well according to the doctors,
but Bob says it's slow going. His mantra for most of his life is serving him well now: “All shall be well.”
printed bulletins will resume Pentecost Sunday, and Lowell has already sent an apology to the Gaia Guild. Newcomers truly
benefit from the full bulletins.
Senior Warden’s Report: nothing to report
Junior Warden’s Report:
Gaia Guild's recommendation, Suzi is on top of getting the condensors cleaned
Mike Hayes and Mary Miller are at the Halsell's lecture on how to cut utility
error in January finally resolved; everything now caught up
pledge income is up (addressing Loyd's concern)
Shea asked about the money transferred from the Bank of Fayetteville. Suzi says this will show up in April.
Loyd asked if January financials/budget reflects raises. Yes.
Loyd moves to approve financials. Shea seconds. All in favor.
Suzi shares that she was also very grateful for her CREDO
experience, especially since it is now no longer available to lay people.
Suzi is meeting with CPAs to get accounts all set up.
has updated the financials on the bulletin board outside her door, so all is current.
Other Business: n/a
The April minutes were moved to be approved by Loyd, seconded,
and approved by all.
meeting will occur on Tuesday, June 15th. Time is to remain 7pm.
Greg moves to adjourn. Martha
Closing: There being
no further business, Lowell closed with prayer.