Vestry Highlights, January 2016
At its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 12th, the Vestry:
Tabled discussion and approval of the 2016 budget until a special Vestry meeting on Sunday, January 24, 2014.
Approved the Rector’s annual salary and housing allowance for 2016 as provided in his contract of employment.
Received updates re: 1. Building and Grounds problems, including new stairs and railings installed going to the Parish House; repair of light fixture and other improvements to the downstairs meeting room; improvements for coat hanging in the narthex of the church. Sue Garrett has written new directions for use of the elevator and will demonstrate its use on January 24th; it will be blessed at that time. 2. Ushering. Rebecca Lewis, Head Usher, met with ushers on January 3 to review duties. 3. Labyrinth: No firm date yet on presentation to the parish by Christopher Glass, architect and labyrinth historian and designer. (It was also reported that the City of Belfast will be considering a proposal for a labyrinth to be constructed on the Belfast Common.)
Heard plans from the Newcomers/ Hospitality Committee for involving approximately 30 newcomers in small social events over the next several months.
Received information clarifying the use of various forms of the Creed in the Diocese of Maine. St. Margaret’s use of the Nicene Creed, as well as others including the Sylvia Dunstan Creed and the Apostles Creed, is in line with diocesan policy.
Received the Rector’s Report which included the on-going need for Eucharistic Ministers to assist with visits to ill or house-bound parishioners.
Tabled until the special Vestry meeting on January 24th the Bishop’s request for St. Luke’s Cathedral.