Business items from the May Vestry meeting:
• Youth/Children’s Ministries. Parents of youth gathered at the home of Scott and Leslie Inman for a casual event to get to know Kristin Lennon (new Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries) and share ideas for the coming year with her and The Rev. Elizabeth Shows Caffey. Kristin and Elizabeth are working very closely together and are making plans to hire an additional part-time person to complete the team.
• Evangelism Program. St. Luke’s plans to initiate a national Episcopal program titled “Invite/Welcome/Connect” to bolster our evangelism efforts. Information on this program will be shared in the coming months.
• Shakespeare Tavern Summer Camp. A delay in the renovations at the Shakespeare Tavern has resulted in lack of space to host their annual summer camps, so St. Luke’s has offered to host this program for about 15 children.
• Capital Expense. We need to replace our 60-year-old boiler system that has reached the end of its useful life. It was rebuilt in 1999, but this time we need to replace it with a new system. The new twin boiler system will be both more reliable and more energy-efficient. The 2018 operating budget, which is based primarily on pledges from the congregation, does not have sufficient funds to pay for the $250,000 cost of the boiler. $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 Finance Committee is considering options for funding the $155,000 balance. This project will take place later this summer.
• Property Committee Report. Neil Schemm reported on the work of this active, 24-person committee chaired by Bobby Mays. The report outlined projected short-term and long-term repairs and capital expenditures that are not currently funded from the church’s operating budget. Neil noted that we are blessed to have our beautiful church and related buildings but that the buildings range in age from 60-112 years old and therefore require continuous repairs and capital improvements.