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 new custom, the Vestry began its monthly meeting in prayer, kneeling in the sanctuary. We prayed especially for the people of Baltimore: for peace, order, justice, grace and understanding. We also raised issues unique to Kathy Kenyon’s ministry as Restoration’s Director of Volunteers and Community Life, with special thanks for the strong turnout at the most recent liturgical volunteer training.
With Baltimore on our minds, we received an encouraging report from the Outreach Steering Team. Thanks to the generosity of those attending Holy Week services, we were able to give $22,788.63 toward the church building efforts of Church of Christ our Peace. In addition, Restoration will send $8,000 to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund to aid earthquake relief efforts in Nepal.
The Personnel Team offered a brief report on the hiring processes for a Senior Director of Discipleship and Church Planting, as well as a Youth Ministry Coordinator or two. Simply put, those processes continue. David and the hiring teams assisting him are listening faithfully, deliberating thoroughly and acting patiently. These teams are doing a great service for our church. We are grateful.
The treasurer’s report was happily uneventful and filled with encouraging data. Regular offerings through the first seven months of the fiscal year stand at 97% of budget, while regular expenses remain at about 94% of budget. Our cash position is healthy, with at least three-and-a-half months of operating reserve. Average Sunday attendance across all services since returning to Quincy Street inched up to 512 – 414 adults and 98 children. We also received last year’s final financial statements and a good, clean report from our independent auditor.
You can read an archive of past Vestry Meeting minutes on CCB, under the ‘Files’ tab in the ‘Entire Church Group’.
As always, please contact either of us or anyone on the Vestry, if you have questions about the life of our church. We need your thoughtful input and constant prayers.
-Carolyn Weimer and Ramsey Wilson, Wardens