Vestry Highlights from April 14, 2015 meeting

  • Treasurer, Doug Mayer, provided recommendations from the Finance Committee regarding disposition of Braueninger and Whidden bequests.
  • Received update from Judith and Mary regarding Discernment Committee progress. They are expecting to be able to announce their candidate to the Vestry soon.
  • A new computer has been purchased for the church office and is in process of being set up with new software.
  • All the books from the 100 Books for 100 Years have been delivered to local elementary schools.
  • Buildings & Grounds:
           – Decided to split the Buildings & Grounds Committee thereby easing the workload.
           – It is hoped that “parish clean-up days” can soon be scheduled.
           – Discussed the ramp and accessibility. To be turned over to Buildings Committee.
  • Lemonade will be served on the porch following the 10:15 service starting May 17
  • A stained glass window, commissioned by Barbara Randlett in memory of her husband, Yeaton, will be installed in the church door this week and dedicated after Barbara returns to Maine.
  • Nan Cobbey has agreed to represent St. Margaret’s on a board researching the Gammans’ Trust
  • Voted to transfer the Braueninger funds to Diocesan Trustees as “funds acting as endowment”, but tabled doing same with Whidden funds pending a minor clarification.
  • Heard ideas from Mary Provo regarding Newcomers/Hospitality. She would like each newcomer to receive a call or notification from St. Margaret’s within 24-36 hours of their visit and have quarterly newcomer gatherings.
  • Fundraising: A September Yard Sale in September (beneficiary to be determined by MORE) and Strawberry Shortcakes to benefit the Interfaith Fuel Fund at Arts in the Park in July.
  • A Transition Committee to be formed to assist our new Rector transition smoothly in his/her move to Belfast and St. Margaret’s.
  • A Funeral Planning workshop will be held on May 2 from 11-2.
  • Discussed accessibility to non-alcoholic beverages at parish potluck dinners.