Vestry Highlights – June 2017
The Vestry met on Tuesday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish House and, among other matters, took the following actions:
- Adopted a Vestry Covenant, outlining Vestry members’ understanding of their responsibilities toward the parish, pastor, and each other, along with Vestry Meeting Norms, which are guidelines and expectations for Vestry members. Copies of both documents are posted on the bulletin board in the Parish House and will be available in hard copy and on-line.
- Accepted with regret and good wishes for better health the resignation of Peg Allen as a Vestry member.
- Appointed Kristen Burkholder to serve on the Vestry seat left vacant by Peg’s resignation. She will serve until the next Annual Meeting, when the parish will be asked to elect someone to fill the remaining two years of that term, as well as replacing three members whose three-year terms will be up in December 2017.
- Received an update from Christopher+ regarding the mediator/facilitator whose role will be to help the parish, Vestry, and Rector achieve reconciliation. (Further information is given elsewhere in News from the Pews.)
- Discussed building use policy for non-profits who wish to use St. Margaret’s facilities.
- Heard a report from Don Cox regarding trash pickup concerns (a few more volunteers are needed for putting trash cans out on Sunday for Monday pickup and returning them on Monday afternoon to the back of the Parish House). Don also discussed with the Vestry elevator (lift) issues.
- Received the Rector’s report. Christopher+ will be on vacation from June 21 through July 5th. Christopher+ reported on the Belfast Has Pride parade and festival. He and Dean Perkins from the U-U church, will continue as co-conveners of GBAM through June 2018. The Diocesan Commission on Ministry is on summer hiatus, and he has completed Fresh Start, the Diocesan two-year program for new pastors. Christopher+ mentioned that John Cuozzo and Mary Provo will be moving from Belfast. Mary has resigned as chair of the Newcomers and Hospitality Committee, and their move will further deplete the ranks of Eucharistic ministers. Christopher+ thanked Nan Cobbey and Chris Urick for having conceived and hosted the World Cuisine dinners for more than seven years. He also expressed appreciation to Margie Spencer-Smith and her helpers for their work on the grounds.
- In light of the resignation of Mary Provo from Hospitality and Newcomers, and Nan and Chris’s decision to bring the monthly international dinner program to an end, the Vestry began a discussion about hospitality and fellowship.
- Received reports from the Treasurer and the Outreach Committee.