2016 Vestry Selection Results

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Dear Restoration,

It brings me great joy to write to you with the results of our 2016 Vestry Selection.  It was an excellent process that was undergirded with faithful and overt prayer.  The results are a testimony to the wisdom and leadership of God as He guides our church through this season of growth in character, in impact, and in influence around Arlington County and beyond.

The selection process began with several dozen nominees.  The Vestry Discernment Team (VDT) was thrilled with the number of people who were offered as potential servant leaders for vestry.  We were also humbled by the number of people and the task of discerning the few out of the many who could be put on the slate.  I am so grateful for the number of people who WANT to serve AND the number of people who are ABLE to serve.  Restoration has a rich resource of gifted servant leaders and it is the reason we have such excellent leadership through our advisory teams (personnel, facility, outreach, finance, church planting);  and discernment teams (for people considering vocational change–  especially to ordained ministry); and vestry.  Thanks be to God!

In response to the abundance of nominees, the VDT chose to designate a day to fast and pray for unity and clarity.  For each of us, it was a meaningful time of listening to the voice of Jesus.  When we discussed what we had heard from God, there was a clear, discerned consensus.  Our next step was to invite a significant number of the nominees to consider becoming a candidate and for those who said yes, to fill out a Vestry Discernment Questionnaire (VDQ).

When we had received the VDQ from those who were willing to be considered as a candidate, we again took some time to pray and to listen to the voice of Jesus as we read the excellent, vulnerable, God-honoring answers that were offered by these potential candidates.  Then we met together as a team, face to face, to pray and to discern who would be on the final slate.  Those 6 candidates were the people you have been praying for and considering for vestry service.

During the Restoration Annual Meeting that was open from November 27 to December 4, members of Restoration voted for 4 of the 6 candidates.  Here are the results:  Leigh McAfee, Sean Burke, and Chris Belen now comprise the vestry class of 2019.  Susie Wallin will serve for one year in the vestry class of 2017.

The Restoration Vestry will look like this next year:

The Vestry Class of 2017

  • Hannah Royal
  • Christine Jones
  • Susie Wallin  (newly selected)

The Vestry Class of 2018

  • Becky Mohr
  • Meredith Lloyd
  • Dietrich Kuhlmann

The Vestry Class of 2019

  • Leigh McAfee  (newly selected)
  • Sean Burke  (newly selected)
  • Chris Belen  (newly selected)

Every year, we are asking God for clarity about people with the right gifts for whom vestry is the right time.  There are always multiple people who could fill these roles–  and for that we are grateful that there is a rich choice.  Thanks be to God that He sees the future and He knows what our church needs and He guides the heads and hearts of His people to select and to choose and to faithfully follow.  Thank you to all the people who considered serving on vestry.  I appreciate your courage and humility and willingness to serve.

Please pray.

Over the next few weeks, the old vestry will be meeting with the new vestry through informal coffees and lunches in order to begin the process of orientation to this team.  On January 4, 2017 the vestry will meet for a formal orientation to the by-laws, policies, and procedures that govern our life together.  On January 24, the new vestry will meet for the first time and review the financial position of the church, 4 months into its fiscal year.  On February 3-4 the vestry will leave town for 24 hours to pray and plan how God might continue to move our church towards the planting of churches and the dreams of our strategic plan.

To the One who always does more than we can ask or imagine:  glory and honor, thanks and praise.

From the One who knows what we need before we even ask:  grace and peace; faith, hope, and love.

-David

Update on Proposed Vestry Selection Changes

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Dear Restoration,

The Restoration vestry has been considering two changes to our vestry selection process:

  1. The creation of a Vestry Discernment Team which would be populated with the current, outgoing members of vestry.  In addition, there would be provision to add 3-4 team members who are former vestry or servant leaders in the parish.  The team would have not less than 3 and no more than 7 participants.
  2. The selection process would result in a smaller slate that exactly correlates the number of vestry candidates to the number of vestry openings.  The congregation would be asked to affirm the work of the vestry discernment team by a simple yes/no vote on each candidate.  New vestry members would require a 2/3 majority of yeses from the voting members of the congregation.

Why has the vestry been considering these selection process changes?

As we surpass 600 attendees each week and move past 400 adult members, we have grown to a point where it is difficult for the members of Restoration who participate in the vestry election to effectively know the candidates for vestry.  Many people were voting based on name or face recognition from the bio book.

Thus, in a desire to be more strategic as we grow and in recognition of the importance the vestry plays in our goal setting and financial plans, the vestry thought it would serve Restoration to have a process that was centered on the work of a discernment team.

We presented this at the parish meeting on October 9 and invited your feedback on the proposals.

Thank you for your feedback!

Since the parish meeting, I have heard from people who think the proposed changes are a great idea and people who are strongly opposed to them.  There are people who have suggested ‘tweaks to the tweaks’ and people who have asked for more time to think about the changes.  There really is a wide range of response to these proposals.

Because of the diversity of responses and the strength of feedback, I and the wardens met today and decided to not move forward this year with discussions about changing the vestry election process from the way it is currently described in our parish by-laws.

We could decide to bring it up again in the future.  But fall 2016 does not seem like the right time to pursue this change.  So we will proceed with our vestry election in the manner that we have conducted it for the last seven years.

This is how the election will proceed this year: 

  1. As usual, the slate will be set by the out-going members of the vestry.  There will be no additions to this team.
  2. Nominations will be open until October 23.    What makes a good nomination?  You give us the person’s name, contact information, and a short paragraph describing why you think they would be a good vestry member.  What spiritual and vocational gifts have they demonstrated while serving at Restoration?  Send all of that helpful information, here.
  3. The slate will have more candidates than open positions, assuming sufficient qualified nominees agree to stand for election.  As we have in the previous 7 years, the ‘slate team’ (from #1) will choose which nominees become candidates.
  4. Candidates will be asked to complete a vestry discernment questionnaire by October 30.  The answers to these questions will be published in a vestry bio book that is available to the congregation (in hard copy and as an email attachment) on November 6.  We hope that the candidates will be available after Sunday services on November 6 and Nov 13.
  5. Members will vote by paper ballot on Nov. 13 and Nov. 20.  Are you a member?  Have you signed The Big Green Book?  On October 23, we will have our next membership Sunday.  Kat can help you through the process.
  6. New vestry members will be announced by blog post on Nov. 22.

Thank you for your feedback.  It was good to hear from so many of you this week.

Restoration has experienced so much grace and kind favor from God.  We have so many resources to share with our broader community.  We are excited about this next chapter of our life and we are humbly asking God to guide us with all wisdom and courage into it.

Thanks for being with us.

-David

Wardens’ Report: July 2016

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to demystify our work and provide some information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

This month we gathered in the sanctuary and thanked God for the work and ministry of Kat Downs among us.  Kat’s careful attention to detail has served our entire staff and congregation well as she manages our financial and administrative processes and lovingly cares about all that comes with daily use of a beautiful facility like ours.  No two days of her job are alike (or all that predictable) and she manages competing priorities with grace and poise.  We also prayed for the decisions before us asking God to give us clarity and wisdom as we looked to nudge the budget across the finish line and consider many other items on our agenda.

We joyfully received a discernment team report for one of our aspirants exploring a call to the priesthood and were pleased to make a recommendation that he be considered by our Diocese’s Ordination Committee.  We are so thankful for these teams of congregants engaged in the work of discernment for four people at different stages of the ordination process – what an amazing gift of their time and insights that will undoubtedly shape our congregation, the denomination and the Kingdom of God for many years to come!

We also received and approved edits to our Building Use Policy from the Facility Team who now has the benefit of two years of history in our building to suggest practices to ensure the use of our property is furthering our purpose and mission.  And we approved a set of disbursement recommendations totaling about $108k from our Outreach Steering Team (“OST”) which was set up to evaluate grant requests for the 10% of all our offerings which we designate for outreach purposes. We are pleased to have great partners globally and locally who help us live into our strategic plan and engage the poor and the stranger in our midst and beyond.  To learn more, visit the Outreach page, check out the 2016 Outreach guide, or reach out to Liz Gray or our Vestry representative to OST, Dietrich Kuhlmann.

The Finance Team’s Report for June was an encouragement and the situation has largely remained unchanged from the past few months.  Our attendance is essentially flat from last year but our rolling four-quarter average Sunday attendance was up about 5%.  Our YTD general fund offerings were 97% of budget and ten months into the fiscal year, our spending is only slightly above budget at 100.9% of budget.  Thanks be to God, thank you for your generosity and thanks to our diligent staff team that remain good stewards of our resources. 

In terms of our forward looking budget discussions, we completed the hard work begun by the finance team and staff and finalized our FY 2017 budget.  In the coming year, we’re projecting financial growth of about 15%. This year’s spending changes are driven largely by the priorities set forth in our strategic plan with a particular emphasis on our local church planting efforts.  While the Church Planting Steering Team (“CPST”) is still working on the specifics of our strategy, we expect to see concrete steps taken towards a local church plant in the spring of 2017.  Please plan to join us at our next parish meeting on October 9 at 1 PM to hear more about the budget details and plans for the coming year.

Thanks to all of you for your prayers, your words of wisdom and your faithful commitment of time, treasure and talent to our congregation.  Please know that we are open to your feedback on all aspects of our life together on Quincy Street.

You can read an archive of past Wardens’ Reports on our website or Vestry Meeting minutes on CCB, under the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Entire Church Group’.

-Carolyn Weimer and Hannah Royal, Wardens

Wardens’ Report: June 2016

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to demystify our work and provide some information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

The Vestry gathered in the sanctuary on Tuesday evening as Liz led us in prayer.  We gave thanks for Kathy Kenyon and her work as Coordinator of Sacramental Life and all that her role entails — oversight of baptisms, weddings and funerals and the coordination of many volunteers including marriage mentors.  We also prayed for Morgan Reed as he completes his internship with us and moves towards a new phase focused on completing his dissertation while serving other parishes as a Deacon in our diocese. And with heavy hearts, we prayed for world events and the unfolding news of the day’s atrocities in Istanbul.

We began our business meeting by approving a Facility Team recommendation for the repair of floor tiles in the Upper Narthex.  We also received our regular Finance Team update which showed that while monthly attendance was down 3.1% compared to May 2015, general offerings were at 97% of budget.  These current indicators were helpful as we prepared to consider the FY2017 budget.

The bulk of our meeting was in discussion about next year’s budget.  The discussion was led by our Treasurer, Ramsey Wilson, and our Assistant Treasurers Dietrich Kuhlman and Meredith Lloyd who with the Finance Team spent countless hours compiling data, interviewing staff, making projections, and outlining potential scenarios.

We worked in multiple steps toward completion of the budget: first considering income projections, then reviewing “steady state” expenditures and finally considering how we would lean into the Strategic Plan — particularly the vision to plant local churches.  We look ahead with great anticipation for what the Spirit will do with our collective resources of time, talent, and treasure.

While the bulk of our hard work and discussion on budget issues was completed this week, we will finalize and approve the FY17 budget at our July meeting.  We appreciate your prayers as we work to discern and listen well.

If you have questions, concerns, words of wisdom or encouragement, please know that we are open to your feedback on all aspects of life together.

You can read an archive of past Wardens’ Reports on our website or Vestry Meeting minutes on CCB, under the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Entire Church Group’

-Carolyn Weimer and Hannah Royal, Wardens

Wardens’ Report: May 2016

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to demystify our work and provide some information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

As is our custom, we started our meeting with prayers at the rail — this month focused on the ministry of Isaiah Brooms, our Director of Youth Ministries. We thanked God for the vision he has for mentoring our youth and helping them understand the relevance of Jesus to their lives today. We prayed for his committed team of volunteers and asked for creativity and energy as they partner to reflect the love of God while building a strong middle and high school community in our midst.

Our Treasurer, Ramsey Wilson, presented a Finance Team Report that paints a strong picture as we enter the final quarter of our fiscal year. We are essentially on budget with a healthy but prudent cash cushion on hand to weather unexpected changes to the trends. The Finance Team, in partnership with staff, is now deep in the budgeting process with a plan to present a first draft FY2017 budget to the Vestry in our June meeting. We are grateful for the many skilled volunteers in our community who labor behind the scenes and keep us on track financially (and otherwise).

As we’ve written in past reports, much of our strategic focus this year has been on church planting and identifying the next few steps necessary to make meaningful progress towards this aspect of our strategic plan. At our January retreat, we established a Church Plant Steering Team (CPST) and in this month’s meeting, we received an update with recommendations to consider a “Church Plant Residency” program (which, incidentally, was the mechanism at The Falls Church Anglican that resulted in “the Arlington Project” which birthed what we’ve come to love as Restoration Arlington Church!) and a strategy that actively pursues opportunities to partner with other ministries to nurture existing groups in our area into new churches. There is still much to be prayed through and discerned as we prepare to execute our plans, but we are grateful for a wise and prayerful team to advise us.

Please pray for wisdom and clarity and attentiveness to the Holy Spirit’s work among us as we move forward with budgets and plans for the future. And please join us on Tuesday evening, June 7 at the church for our Parish Meeting. We’d love to tell you more about the amazing things God is doing in our community and answer any questions you may have. We need all of you to consider new ways to invest your time, treasure and talents in the work ahead.

In the meantime, if you have questions, concerns, words of wisdom or encouragement, please know that we are open to your feedback on all aspects of our life together on Quincy Street.

You can read an archive of past Wardens’ Reports on our website or Vestry Meeting minutes on CCB, under the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Entire Church Group.’

-Hannah Royal and Carolyn Weimer, Wardens

Wardens’ Report: April 2016

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to demystify our work and provide some information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

Our prayers at the rail this month were focused on the work and ministry of Matt Hoppe.  He has a very visible role in our midst as music pastor, but there is so much more that he does for our community that is unseen and faithfully executed.  We thanked God for his thoughtful use of music and art to connect us to God, to each other and to the needs of the world.  And we prayed for continued vision as he raises up leaders and helps nurture our experience of faith through the arts.

Our Finance Report was full of encouraging news regarding attendance and budget performance.  Our Q1 average Sunday attendance was 11% higher than Q1 of 2015 and on Easter Sunday we hosted 757 people who celebrated the good news of the resurrection with us on Quincy Street!  In terms of budget performance, our YTD offerings were 97% of budget and seven months into the year, our spending is essentially on target at 101% of budget.  Thank you to all of you who faithfully invest your time, your treasure and your talent in our community.

Other topics on our agenda were designed to help pave the way for our budget deliberations planned for June and July. (As a reminder, our new fiscal year begins September 1).  We received a report from the Outreach Steering Team, discussed possible options for funding church planting initiatives, discussed a possible Thematic Goal (“most important thing”) for FY 2017, and reviewed the budget timeline.

As we promised in our January Wardens’ Report, we wanted to make you aware of some upcoming happenings related to a few of the postulants (candidates for the priesthood) from our community:

  • On Sunday, May 15, Jesse Blaine will preach at both morning services. Jesse was ordained to the transitional diaconate at Restoration last fall.  We look forward to having Jesse and Sarah and the girls in our midst over the next few weeks before they head back to Phnom Penh where he will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John on May 29.
  • Also on Sunday, May 15, at the 5 PM service, Morgan Reed will be ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop John. Please join us if you are able to celebrate this milestone in Morgan’s life and ministry.

What a wonderful way to celebrate Pentecost Sunday!  We hope you will join us for as much of the day as possible as we thank God for raising these leaders in our midst.

Please pray for us over these next few months as we look to the future and discern the next steps in the execution of our strategic plan.

If you have questions, concerns, words of wisdom or encouragement, please know that we are open to your feedback on all aspects of our life together.  Also, please keep an eye out for an announcement of our next parish meeting which will take place in early June in the Fellowship Hall.  We’ll provide more detail on our progress towards our strategic plan and happily respond to any questions you may have.

You can read an archive of past Wardens’ Reports on our website or Vestry Meeting minutes on CCB, under the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Entire Church Group’

 

-Hannah Royal and Carolyn Weimer, Wardens

 

 

Wardens’ Report: March 2016

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to demystify our work and provide some information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

The Vestry gathered on Tuesday and began our meeting with prayer at the rail. This month we gave thanks for Nathan and his work in shepherding small groups, in organizing the newly formed Church Planting Steering Team (or CPST), and in his preparations to preach on Easter Sunday. We also prayed for Women Unscripted gathered in the fellowship hall, the small groups which are concluding another trimester, and many of the other ministries which are connecting people to God, to others and to the needs of the world.

Our business meeting included consideration of Facility Team requests, a monthly financial update, discussion of increasing our building reserve fund and a look ahead as we work through the budget process for next fiscal year which begins September 1.

Ramsey provided an in-depth Treasurer’s report for the first six months of FY16. Monthly attendance was up nearly 14% over last February, which is an encouraging sign of growth. Similar to last month, giving is at 95% of plan while spending is at 100% of our budget. In conjunction with our tireless staff, the Finance Team is carefully and prayerfully helping to keep us financially on track. In addition, we are considering the feasibility of growing our budget in order to undertake new discipleship, evangelism, and church planting efforts.

We spent a significant amount of time discussing our recent dinner with Bishop John Guernsey. Each year our Vestry has the opportunity to meet with Bishop John and we always walk away humbled and thankful for his leadership and great wisdom. He was able to provide practical and experiential advice about church planting and challenged us to think boldly about how we fund such initiatives. We left more thoughtful and more encouraged in the work God is doing in our midst.

As we anticipate Holy Week together, we invite you to intentionally join others in the events leading up to the incredible celebration of Easter. It is a story not to be missed and we hope you will bring others who have never grasped the amazing news of Christ’s resurrection!

If you have questions, concerns, words of wisdom or encouragement, please know that we are open to your feedback on all aspects of life together.

You can read an archive of past Wardens’ Reports on our website or Vestry Meeting minutes on CCB, under the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Entire Church Group’

-Carolyn Weimer and Hannah Royal, Wardens

Wardens’ Report: February 2016

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to demystify our work and provide some information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

The Vestry gathered in the sanctuary — as we do each month — to pray.  This month we devoted additional time to pray for David and his upcoming sabbatical.  We prayed through the instruction to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”  We took time to pray for those close to David and for God to sow seeds of long term fruit during these next six months.

As was outlined at our recent parish meeting, Vestry will be chaired by the Senior Warden (Carolyn Weimer) over the sabbatical season.  We are grateful for the five advisory teams that work diligently and think critically about many facets of our life together.  We approved new vestry liaisons to each of those teams (Personnel, Finance, Facility, Outreach, and Church Planting), as well as many new members who will serve one- to three-year terms.  Restoration is home to a talented pool of individuals with a range of expertise and we are thankful for the ways you practice your gifts for the common good.  To that end, the Personnel Team presented Vestry with options for updates to our healthcare plan and the Facility Team brought forward recommendations for necessary repairs to our property.  

Our new Treasurer, Ramsey Wilson, walked us through attendance and financial reports.  For the first five months of our fiscal year (beginning Sept 1) we are at 95% of year-to-date budgeted giving and are currently operating at 99% of budgeted expenses.  We’ll keep a careful eye on this dynamic over the next few months. Thank you for your continued financial commitment to this church and the work to which God has called us.  

We concluded our meeting by looking ahead to possible 2017 budget priorities in light of our strategic plan.  As we consider the time and costs of growing 1000 disciples here on Quincy Street and looking outward to growing 1000 more disciples through church planting, we are thinking carefully about our gifts and resources. We invite you to revisit the vision that our leadership carefully considered in 2014.  As we move forward, please look for ways to connect and grow with us. 

Also, please pray for David and his family during his sabbatical.  Pray for our staff as they adjust to new roles, pray for our Vestry and advisory teams as they navigate budgets and priorities, and pray for our church—that we we would live into our mission to connect people to God, to others, and to the needs of the world.

If you have questions, concerns, words of wisdom or encouragement, please know that we are open to your feedback on all aspects of life together on Quincy Street.

You can read an archive of past Wardens’ Reports on our website or Vestry Meeting minutes on CCB, under the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Entire Church Group’

-Carolyn Weimer and Hannah Royal, Wardens

Wardens’ Report from the Vestry Retreat

Wardens’ Report: Vestry Retreat 2016

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to demystify our work and provide some information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

We gathered last Friday in a beautiful home in the rolling (and snowy) hills of Knoxville, MD.  Our goal on Friday was to get to know one another better and to continue the conversation that David started on Gifts for the Common Good.  We each shared our understanding of our own spiritual gifts and we prayed for each other that the Holy Spirit would “fan into flame these gifts of God” for the good of our community. 

Saturday’s business was two-fold: the election of Vestry officers for the coming year and a conversation on the next steps of our strategic plan – Restoration 2019

We are astounded by the way God works through the Vestry election process to provide wise and skilled leaders to help us discern our next steps.  And we are thankful for the role each Vestry member plays. The results of the election were as follows:

Wardens: Hannah Royal and Carolyn Weimer

Treasurer: Ramsey Wilson

Assistant-Treasurers: Meredith Lloyd and Dietrich Kulhmann

Secretary: Mike Dodson

Please pray vigilantly for us that we would be sensitive to the work that God is doing in our midst and that we would diligently use our gifts for the common good.

The bulk of our time on Saturday was spent thinking about church planting – and more specifically, the next few steps we felt were necessary to make meaningful progress towards this aspect of our strategic plan.  We prepared for the weekend with some advanced reading on the theological basis of church planting and discussed some strategic, operational and tactical options.  We approved the formation of a new advisory team called the Church Planting Steering Team (or CPST) and asked Nathan to suggest candidates at our meeting in February. 

If you have experience, thoughts or curiosities on this subject, we’d love to hear from you.  Please reach out to Nathan or anyone on the Vestry to lend a word of encouragement or caution or to dive right in and help us define our vision.

Everyone is invited to our parish meeting on Tuesday, February 9 in Fellowship Hall. There will be a chance to meet Vestry members, hear from David and the staff about recent happenings in our church (including David’s upcoming sabbatical) and to get a more detailed update on our progress toward the strategic plan.

If you have questions, concerns, words of wisdom or encouragement, please know that we are open to your feedback on all aspects of our life together.

You can read an archive of past Wardens’ Reports on our website or Vestry Meeting minutes on CCB, under the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Entire Church Group’

-Carolyn Weimer and Hannah Royal, Wardens

2016 Wardens

Wardens’ Report: January 2016

The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to demystify our work and provide some information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

Our prayers at the rail were again guided by the Evening Prayer Service in the Texts for Common Prayer. We asked God to have mercy on the vulnerable in our community — especially those suffering challenges from the winter storm.  And we asked for a joyful ministry among our staff and volunteers and for humility and wisdom as we began our first business meeting in 2016 with six new members: Meredith Lloyd, Becky Mohr, Michael Dodson and Dietrich Kuhlmann as elected congregants and Liz Gray and Nathan Dickerson as non-voting staff participants in this sabbatical year.

This meeting served as a continuation of the new vestry orientation process that began in December taking extra time to explain the breadth of church operations and the role of Vestry in them.  We discussed the various officer roles in preparation for the upcoming election of our officers: two Wardens, a Secretary and a Treasurer.  And we took care to explain how we have come to some of the practices we hope to maintain as we learn to make decisions together for the good of the community.

Among the responsibilities the church has given the vestry is the care and oversight of our Rector. To that end, we discussed with David his 360 performance review. We expressed our appreciation for his exemplary work as our “CEO” and pastor. We are blessed to have him. 

Another special vestry responsibility is making recommendations to the Ordination Committee of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic for our members who are exploring a call to the priesthood.  We are pleased to have a full pipeline of five candidates in various stages of the process and received with joy the reports of their progress. We acknowledge with grateful hearts the countless hours given by various members of our community who have participated in discernment processes to equip the Vestry to fulfill our role.  We will be sure to make you aware of any upcoming ordination services as the processes play out at the Diocesan level.

We received a strong financial report for December 2015 and reviewed our overall financial picture four months into fiscal year 2016. Effectively, our operating income through December 31 was about $602,000 or 103% of plan and total operating expenses were about $463,000 or 100% of plan.  We began our fiscal year with about four months of operating cash on hand and still have that healthy cushion, well within our targeted range.  Thanks be to God.

Please pray for us as we head to Western Maryland for a Vestry retreat this weekend.  We will elect our officers and are devoting the 21-hour period to a discussion of church planting — a major part of our strategic plan called Restoration 2019.  We are thankful for Nathan’s leadership in this endeavor and look forward to the places God will call us.

If you have questions, concerns or words of wisdom or encouragement, please know that we are open to your feedback on all aspects of our life together on Quincy Street. 

You can read an archive of past Wardens’ Reports on our website or Vestry Meeting minutes on CCB, under the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Entire Church Group’

-Carolyn Weimer and Ramsey Wilson, Wardens

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