The Wardens’ Report: a brief summary of highlights from monthly Vestry meetings, designed to provide information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.
At our April Vestry meeting on Tuesday, we enjoyed dinner together and prayer at the rail. This month Sean Burke led us through a time of thanksgiving, specifically for Isaiah Brooms and the gifts he brings to leading our youth ministry. We encourage you to also pray for the youth in our midst and the cultivation of good leaders and mentors for APEX.
Our March financial report continued to show strong growth in line with our FY2017 budget. Our average Sunday attendance for the month was 596, 12% growth over the same time last year. Our fiscal year-to-date income is at 107% of our FY17 budget. This financial report keeps us hopeful about the ways we will be able to steward our resources towards the growing ministries on Quincy Street and the forthcoming church planting efforts.
As we mentioned last month, we have become aware of our limitations as our numbers continue to grow. The Personnel Team, working with staff, has taken a look at our resources and identified a need for additional staff, particularly as it relates to children’s ministry and facility coordination. On Tuesday, we voted to establish and fund two new part time positions, to be filled no earlier than June. In the coming months we hope to provide more information on these positions (part-time Facilities Coordinator and part-time Nursery Coordinator) and ask you to pray for the upcoming hiring process.
Holy Week is always a busy time, full of great anticipation for the “Hallelujahs” of Christ’s resurrection on Easter. As a Vestry, we are humbled by your generosity and want to thank the staff and the many volunteers who showed up to make each service a meaningful and worshipful experience for those in attendance. We are grateful for the creativity in how our community uses their time, talent and treasure to the glory of God. During Ash Wednesday and Holy Week, our church gave $17,948.16 to support the work of Restoration Immigration Legal Aid. We are proud and honored to be able to come alongside this work of justice and mercy for immigrants in our community.
As always, if you have questions, concerns, words of wisdom or encouragement, please know that we are open to your feedback. 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’
-Dietrich Kuhlmann and Hannah Royal, Wardens