October 21, 2010
The Vestry of Christ Church met on Thursday, October 21, 2010.Â Â Father Tompkins presided and the meeting opened with prayer at 7:10 p.m.Â The September meeting minutes were reviewed and with the incorporation of minor corrections, were unanimously approved.
Glenn Eckard indicated that the Financial Report continues to look good.Â He noted that the income is high because this is the time that Christ Church realizes the Deppich contribution.Â Overall the report reflects and operating surplus of $29, so performance is tracking well against budget.Â He urged that Vestry still need to encourage parishioners to keep up with their pledges so that we can end the year on track.
The Financial Report was approved as presented.
Father Tompkins reported on the initiative to bring shut-ins videos of the Christ Church Services.Â Bob Mobley provided a proposal which is presented in three parts:
- Part 1 deals with the organist issue of not seeing the processionals and recessionals during services.Â To set these cameras and provide video to the organist is less than $1,000.
- Part 2 would provide for recording the Choir.Â $2,300
- Part 3 â€“ at least 5 cameras situated around the church that could be activated to record various parts of the service (or wedding or baptismal ceremonies)Â $5,300.
Father Tompkins will be approaching families with memorial funds offering this as a possible memorial gift.Â In addition to providing a great benefit to shut-ins, Christ Church could provide DVDs of marriage and baptismal ceremonies as a means of generating income.
Nominations for 2012 Vestry
Ollie Rhine announced that Vestry would have 4 vacancies to fill for next year with the departures of Wayne Cline, Carole McManus, Joe Mullany and David Rayer.Â Ollie solicited help from the Vestry to come up with candidates to fill these slots, indicating that it would be most helpful if those going off the Vestry could help identify their replacements.Â Ollie reiterated the eligibility requirements that must be met in order to serve including:Â Â 1) a Christ Church member for at least two years 2) must be current on their pledge and 3) must be at least 18 years of age.
2011 Every Member Canvass
Father Tompkins announced that the Every Member Canvass would kick off in November.
Father Tompkins provided an update on the Garden reporting that Bob Linn, an architect engaged since the last Vestry meeting to provide consulting services, had inspected the area and provided some very good advice about issues that need to be remediated.Â The water issue is more serious than originally thought as the foundation could be compromised following years of flooding.Â Regardless of whether or not we reconfigure the Memorial Garden, the drainage issue must be addressed in order to preserve the building.Â Mr. Linn provided a proposal for consulting services to remediate the water problem.Â It is critical that we understand the cost of the entire project.Â Mr. Linn has agreed to informally put together a proposal for taking care of the water problem and will cost out the rest of the project as well â€“ including the crematoriums, aesthetics of the design work, etc.Â This report will be presented to the Parish so that they can vote.Â Meanwhile, it has yet to be determined how to raise the funds necessary to do this work.Â It is anticipated that the funding will be a combination of capital funds and memorial contributions.Â The proposal will first be presented to the Memorial Garden Committee and a report will be provided at the next Vestry meeting.
Carole McManus reported that dates for various Intergenerational Activities had been selected for the coming year.Â The first activity is a family night featuring the Arasapha Farms Haunted Hayride taking place on Sunday, October 24.Â Â Gift wrapping is planned in December followed by a Wii and Ping Pong tournaments.Â There will be a movie and game night as well as a Sunday Sundae event featuring a canned goods collection for those in need.Â The year will culminate with the annual Wiffle Ball tournament and barbecue in the spring.
Johnson Bowie indicated that there had been prior discussion about sponsoring an outing to a Drexel basketball game.Â Tentatively Tuesday, December 28th at 7:00 p.m. has been selected as the Family Night Basketball outing.
â€œIn Memoriamâ€ Pages on the Website
Father announced that the new and improved Christ Church website will have many new features including an â€œIn Memoriamâ€ page that will include parishioner bios and information from family members detailing what they meant to the church, what the church meant to them.Â Not only will this keep the dearly departed in our hearts and minds, but allows family members an opportunity to share their memories with the church family.
Pumpkin Patch Report
Marlene Nickerson reported that even with a middle of the week delivery of pumpkins, there was a great turn out of individuals to support the unloading effort.Â The day of the fair was windy and chilly, but better than the continuous drizzle of last yearâ€™s fair, and still $1500 worth of pumpkins were sold on fair day.Â The other activities grossed about $1340.Â Marlene indicated that a Chairman was needed to organize the activity for next year and one of the important roles to ensuring success is publicity.Â A special thanks was extended to the Nickersonâ€™s and Mobleyâ€™s for spearheading of the effort this year.
Christmas Fair Plans
Reverend Judy indicated that she was gathering information from Floss Rhine and Marlene Nickerson regarding what is involved in running the fair which is scheduled for the 20th of November.Â Some activities planned for the fair include a wreath making booth (Maripat King and Judy Yorke), White Elephant sale featuring Christmas themed items, crafts and food.Â Help is needed for all aspects of the fair, including publicity, and decorations.
Marlene reported that the Memorial Garden wood archway columns are in need of repair as the wood is rotting.Â An estimate to do the repair is in the works.Â The sacristy interior wall and door frame also needs attention.Â The Property Committee anticipates having quotes ready for Vestry consideration at the November meeting.
For the Good of the Parish
Kaye Twesten reported that the Bible Study was up and running on Sunday at 11:15 AM.Â She thanked Reverend Judy for making herself available to teach this group.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned in prayer at 8:30 PM.
Victoria R. Myers