Annual Parish Meeting explores a wealth of ideas

More than 60 parishioners gathered in Puddicombe Hall following the 9:00 service on January 29 to transact the business of the parish as well as to explore directions for our missions for 2017.

The Vestry provided two tables overflowing with tasty, healthy snacks, as well as coffee and juices, and, as is our custom at St. Andrew’s business was conducted with extraordinary efficiency.

We honored retiring Vestry members Terry Bonet, Virginia Clark, and Josh Mergens before electing Liz Herriges, Don Ramage, and Kristina Younger to three-year terms. Pam Tinsley and Don Ramage were elected as Alternate Delegates to Diocesan Convention, joining Continuing Delegates Amanda Mergens and Norbert Herriges, and New Delegates Reberta Skinner and Frank Lawler. To resounding acclaim, Bill Brice was elected Parish Treasurer, and Wynn Hoffman and Tim Lowenberg were elected unanimously to join Mark Adams, Bill Brice, and Pam Rhodes on the Endowment Committee.

Bill Brice verified that our parish finances are in good shape.

You can find detailed financial reports and budget figures in the St. Andrew’s 2016 Annual Parish Report, which is available through the Church Office. In this document you can also learn about the activities of all of our ministries, as well as the latest figures from the Outreach Committee.

Then Fr. Martin asked each table to discuss the following questions:

  • For what are you thankful here at St. Andrew’s?
  • What would you like the Vestry to do in 2017 regarding our three priorities: 1) Prayer and growing in faith 2) Reaching out and welcoming others 3) Seeking reconciliation in the community.

Spirited discussions at each table yielded a number of interesting suggestions for Vestry initiatives. Watch for details in the weeks to come!

We are truly blessed to have such engaged, dedicated servants who work so hard to know Christ and make Christ known!