In an effort to more effectively communicate with the congregation the activities of your Vestry, we will be publishing a summary of the monthly Vestry meeting. Please do not hesitate to contact the Wardens (Chris Miller and Keith Adams) or any member of the Vestry (the roster of your Vestry appears on the last page of the weekly bulletin each week) if you have questions or concerns.
- The Vestry welcomed two new members (Pat McCullough and Ruth Greco) who attended their first Vestry meeting after being selected by the Vestry to fill two vacancies created by the resignation of Beth Parker and Earl Fairhurst. They will serve until the next Annual Meeting Sunday, January 28th, 2018. Welcome Pat and Ruth!
- Heritage Design Collaborative – The Vestry heard a detailed report from Mr. Carl Dress (principal of HDC) regarding the work that has been done over the past 16 months to create a Facilities Master Plan for updating/upgrading our facilities. A scale model of the design options has been created and is available in the Parish Hall. A copy of the PowerPoint that Carl presented will be available on the Parish website. This is the first step in a very long process, and no final decisions have been made. Your Vestry, Building and Finance Committee will be considering the implications and implementation of this plan and its variety of options over the next several months. Stay tuned…
- By-Laws Review – Frank Marchese presented a brief report of the special committee which is currently reviewing the church By-Laws. They have not been revised since October 2007. Frank asked the Vestry to send him comments regarding proposed changes.
- Partnership with Crossroads – Warden, Chris Miller announced that the proposed partnership with Crossroads Program, Inc. (non-profit whose mission “empowerment of youth who are homeless, abandoned or at risk”) has been put on hold. The proposed partnership involved the property on 128 Pine Street (the old Sexton’s Lodge) which Crossroads was interested in occupying as administrative office space for the organization. Chris reported that the property is currently zoned RESIDENTIAL and therefore cannot be used for offices. Crossroads continues to be a “willing partner” and the Wardens and Rector will continue to pursue other alternative partnership opportunities.
- Bishop’s Request – Fr. Dave reported that Bishop Stokes has requested the use of St. Andrew’s Parish Hall for a special meeting to be held on Tuesday, August 1st at 7:00pm. The purpose of this meeting is to facilitate a conversation with laypersons within the Burlington Convocation regarding a list of Vital Question which relate to the essential mission strategy for the Diocese of New Jersey. The vestry approved the Bishop’s request and the August 1st date was placed on the calendar.
- Church Picnic – The annual Church Picnic will, once again, be hosted by Frank Marchese and John Emanuel (Thanks Frank and John) on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Save the Date and look for additional details in the coming weeks.
- Communications – The Vestry engaged in a discussion about the need to more effectively communicate with the congregation regarding issues being considered and the decisions that are made which impact the life of the parish. There was agreement that we need to do a much better job of communicating with the congregation. This monthly report is a product of that conversation.
If you have questions about these or any other issues, please do not hesitate to contact your Wardens or any member of the Vestry. Please know that all Vestry meetings are open and all parishioners are invited to attend. The agenda always includes 15 minutes at the beginning of the meeting for parishioners to ask questions or raise issues of concern. The next Vestry meeting will be Monday, August 14th at 7:00pm