Business items from the June Vestry meeting:
- Youth/Children’s Ministries. Vacation Bible School went very well with 48 children attending. Feedback was that (1) it was very well organized and executed and (2) it would be even better if it lasted longer each day. Ten youth are now with Kristin and chaperones on the pilgrimage to Alaska. Kristin and Elizabeth are making plans to hire an additional, part-time person to complete the team.
- Compass Class. This class is designed to inform newcomers and prospective members about St. Luke’s and its mission and ministries. It then connects them with specific areas of interest. Dan and Ann Cramer kicked off the first class on Sunday, June 17 and did a great job of describing St. Luke’s unique, diverse nature and the leadership role we play in serving the Atlanta community.
- Unbudgeted Capital Expenditure. The Vestry approved the necessary replacement of our 60-year-old boiler system with a more energy-efficient unit that will yield long-term utility savings. The 2018 operating budget, which is based primarily on pledges from the congregation, does not have sufficient funds to pay for the $241,000 cost of the boiler system. Approximately $95,000 of the cost will be covered by the proceeds of the recent sale of property in Coweta County (a bequest from a parishioner). The Church needs to borrow the remaining funds to cover this expense.
- Park Security. With the closing of Peachtree-Pine and other neighborhood factors, there has been a recent increase in security issues in the Park. The Rector has convened a small group, including representatives from each of Crossroads, TACC and the Park at St. Luke’s to address the issues while still maintaining the Park as a public place.