March 2012 Vestry in Brief
Vestry In Brief for Meeting of March 13, 2012
2012 Parochial Report:
Members approved the 2012 Parochial Report for submittal to the Diocese.
Financial Reports: Treasurer Arthur Kassebaum
Both expenses and income were higher than budgeted due to a change in the method for counting special gifts. We are $2100 ahead for the year.
Rector’s Report: Chris Chase
The Bishop’s next visit is May 26, 2013, which coincides with Rev. Rebecca’s completion of “Confirm, not Conform.” Kudos to all who helped launch Lent with the retreat, Ash Wednesday, and Lenten services. Great things are happening here. Holy Week is coming up with slight variations from prior years, including joining with the Newman Center for Good Friday services.
Associate Rector’s Report: Rebecca Edwards
The Confirm Not Conform program has 9 youth continuing for the two years; each has been matched with a mentor in the congregation. It’s become a congregational effort to help the in exploring their beliefs.
Senior Warden’s Report: Beth Hannaman
As new ministry opportunities arise we want to include people who are not already involved. The vestry expressed gratitude to all who participate in our ministries. We are focusing on activities we have and don’t have to address the needs of our congregation and want our attendees to become a part of our ministries. Each month we will highlight a ministry and each ministry will be highlighted once a year.
This Month’s Ministry Focus -- Pastoral Care: Linda Gallagher
A diagram of the ministry centers on Christ working with the Pastor and Parish Nurse and surrounded by eight ministry groups which share care to parishioners. Parish Nurse Barb Theiss meets weekly with Chris, makes phone calls, visits people as needed, and writes a weekly report.
The Pastoral Care ministries are:
- Lay Eucharistic Visitors (12 LEV members) are the bearers of Christ, partnering with OSL on visits to members who cannot attend services.
- Order of St. Luke (25 OSL members) has four members on duty each Sunday to meet members individually after the service as they request. Classes are available.
- Meals Ministry (over 30 volunteers) support many parishioners with home-delivered meals when there is a temporary need due to birth of a child or illness.
- Prayer Chain (30 members) pray by request until healing is complete or the ministry is requested to discontinue prayer.
- Prayer Quilts: 1-2 quilters provide quilts tied with prayer knots and they deliver these prayers to recipients around the world.
- Daughters of the King (DOK) members are part of a worldwide order and provide an important service including memorial and Baptism receptions.
- Health and Wellness Ministry supports the work of the parish nurse, conducts the annual H&W parish survey, will be trained in AED/First Aid/CPR, manages the first aid kits, collaborates with the Women’s Health Symposium, and supports community needs.
- Senior Singles is a social group.
- Jr. Warden – Jeff Theiss: Jeff introduced the GreenFaith Certification Program which connects religious conviction with environmental leadership through a 2-year certification program. As a church we gain from being part of GreenFaith’s education model, saving money by saving resources, and will become more visible within the community. Every age group in the parish can participate in some way. We could become the first California church to be certified. The vestry consented to forming a committee to proceed with the application.
- Campus ministry – Eddie Gibbs: The group is working through ECS and with San Diego State to make a community garden. The Hunger Walk is in April. Students are collecting donations for the tornado relief efforts of the past month. They will work with St. Andrews Pacific Beach to serve the homeless and need 6 people who go once every six weeks. They want to raise awareness for what we do with the community, to advertise both opportunities (with contact information) and results.
- Christian Education – Ross Wilderman: Discussed Godly Play’s plans for the next few months and programs for the summer. Winter Bible School is being considered. Planter boxes will be used for a Biblical garden.
- Stewardship (New Member Incorporation) – Janet Herrman: There are 8 stewardship categories: inclusion, outreach, spirituality, gratitude, and four others. We wish to get into a culture of extending thanks and gratitude for anything and everything.
- Worship – Margaret Bookwalter: A lot of planning is going into Holy Week when Good Sam will share two services with the Newman Center. We had 75 people at the Lenten retreat and thanked everyone who helped make it possible.
- Stewardship (Financial) – Terry Orletsky: Stewardship takes the whole year. Consultant Jerry Campbell is giving a lot of direction here.
March 17 Spring clean up day
March 17 Family Night
April 1-8 Holy Week services
May 19 High Tea