Opened with prayer by Allen at 7:05 p.m.
Attendance: Pastor Allen, Sue Grunkemeyer, Susan George, Noreen Panizzoli, Russ McDonald, Chris Darnell, Barbara Middlekauff
Praise and Concerns: Sue Grunkemeyer accepting a new job at St. Joe’s full time, every other weekend. Allen visited with Tom Bertino who continues to recover from quad tear and blessed to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Dave Morphew is home ill.
Minutes: Moved by Pastor Allen to accept minutes for September with the following correction. Susan seconded. Approved. Correction: Strategic Partnership: Looking for help to divide and fund their diocese to meet and serve each diocese.
Finance Report: September was second lowest giving month since we formed – down 9% from last year. Designated fund increased by +$1,000. Food pantry up $125. Operating expenses running below projected by approximately $2,000. Financially okay because of the generous gifts but need to be diligent about spending.
Reimbursement for Diocesan Travel: Make an adjustment at the end of the year and include a note to the Diocese in our tithe that we will be withholding a portion to cover those cost.
Easter Vigil: Artistic and dramatic representation of the gospel may require some funding. One source of funding is the Parish Growth Fund which currently has a balance of approximately $6,000.
Partnership with Kivu: Looking to divide one diocese into two. It requires a car for their bishop, a church building, money in the bank and a place for the bishop to invite people ($70,000 – $80,000). We currently give 2% of our funds to Kivu. To be considered for the 2016 budget: a one percent increase to Kivu which would be an additional $2,000.
Altar Guild/Banners: Looking to improve the environment in Kresge Hall to be more church like.
Trip to Dallas – Allen traveled to work on a marriage/sexuality taskforce paper. Out of the meeting came several suggestions:
By-laws need to be strengthened and clear about who we will marry.
Member Covenants needs to be considered.
Bishop Search/Diocese: Decision to be made sometime in January
Trinity Church Changes: Bob Hoy is leaving at the end of December. Some people at Trinity would like to merge with us with options being to hire a new pastor or give to a church in their denomination.
Partnership with Kivu – Nov. 6-29 visit from Justin Zigiranyirazo will include many visits to speak around the area and Thanksgiving with Kannapells. Dinner to support Kivu at Trinity, November 14, $25/$200 per table
Russ’s daughter Andrea, marketing manager at Noodles & Company, is offering a free meal date on November 8 or 15 for the Vestry families for up to 25 people. Find which date works best and the number of people.
Vestry needs to reconstitute the Finance Committee.
Homework: Read II Corinthians and ideas about the 2015 budget
Adjourned with prayer at 8:57 p.m.