Wardens’ Report: May 2015

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.

Vestry began our monthly meeting in prayer, kneeling at the rail in the sanctuary.  With the hustle and bustle of the Women Unscripted Celebration event in our ears, we earnestly thanked God for Liz Gray‘s ministry among us and prayed for continued creativity and energy as she so ably encourages us in our discipleship and outreach and prayer (among many other things!)

The trajectory of our finances remains consistent with a close tracking of our finances to this year’s budget.  Year-to-date, giving is about 96% of budget, and expenses are about 97%.  Given that our fiscal year ends August 31, we began a discussion of next year’s budget priorities with an eye towards welcoming the Finance Team’s draft budget next month and finalizing the plans in July.  Our operating reserve is healthy, and we remain well positioned as we anticipate the significant change to our fixed costs with the August amortization of our new mortgage.

The hiring processes for a Senior Director of Discipleship and Church Planting, as well as Director of Youth Ministries are ongoing with significant progress underway.  Nothing definitive to report yet, but the Holy Spirit is clearly at work.

We hope that you will join us at next Tuesday’s parish meeting at 7:30 PM (Pizza at 7 PM).  We look forward to this “family meeting” and plan to provide updates on our summer plans, recent and upcoming missions trips and our financial situation (including an update on the capital campaign and more detail on what exactly is happening with the mortgage in August).  We’ll also hear a report from our sabbatical planning team which is doing great work to prepare us all for a sabbatical for David now that we approach the 7th anniversary of his ministry among us.

We remain open to your feedback on all aspects of our life together on Quincy Street.

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

-Carolyn Weimer and Ramsey Wilson, Wardens

Wardens’ Report: April 2015

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

 

Wardens 2015

Wardens’ Report: keeping you informed

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Welcome to the first “Wardens’ Report” — a brief summary of Vestry meetings to help demystify our work and provide some information about our growth, finances, priorities and progress towards our strategic plan.

We recognize that as Restoration grows, it becomes increasingly difficult to know how things are going. We hope this summary will be helpful as you pray for our church and consider the ways you will engage in our community.

Restoration’s Vestry met last Tuesday evening, as it does each month, to oversee the business of the church. Here are some highlights:

When we met with Bishop John Guernsey two weeks ago, he encouraged us to devote more meeting time to prayer. This was no doubt a wise and godly suggestion but also daunting, given our scarce meeting time. We embraced his advice by changing our routine in a couple of ways. We met in the sanctuary to kneel in prayer, and we raised issues unique to a specific area of ministry:  Kat Downs and her vital ministry as Director of Operations. Next month, we’ll focus on another.

We are just over a year into the implementation of the new strategic plan for the five year time period ending 2019. Last year’s focus was to complete our building project and ground ourselves in our new space. This year we are focused on hiring key positions to our staff team. The hiring process for a Senior Director of Discipleship and Church Planting is well under way. Another key hire for our team planned for 2015 is a Youth Ministry Coordinator to fill the position that will be vacated when Clay and Rachel move.

Mac Wheatley’s treasurer’s report showed that giving and spending through the first half of the fiscal year were both about 94% of budget; the operating reserve is strong at more than three months of budgeted expenses; and average Sunday attendance across three services since returning to Quincy Street is roughly 500 people – 403 adults and 95 children.

We happily voted to recommend to Bishop John that Scott Buckhout begin postulancy, the formal process that may lead to ordination. We appreciate the work of the discernment team that prayerfully met with Scott and provided a thoughtful recommendation. Other postulants from our community recently recommended to Bishop John through similar processes include Jesse Blaine and Morgan Reed.

Next January will mark the end of David’s seventh year of service at Restoration. As envisioned by our personnel handbook, and for the good of Restoration as well as our rector, we asked a team of wise leaders to prepare a plan for David to take a six-month sabbatical beginning in February 2016. We’ll share more information as the plan takes shape.

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

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