Business items from the March and April Vestry meetings:
•Budget The Vestry passed a balanced budget. One of our objectives for 2018 was to pass an operating budget that lives within the means provided to the church by pledges and gifts, real estate revenue (parking lots and sign shop rental), and endowment draw. With changes that took place in financial operations, the movement to three priests, and a sharp focus on all church expenses, the 2018 budget accomplishes that. There are several items that we all should note:
•New Member Communications New members will be introduced to the congregation by including photos/profiles in the Shepherd’s Voice.
•Youth/Children’s Ministries Youth and Children’s Ministries are a top focus for St. Luke’s. The Vestry
fully supports Kristin Lennon and Elizabeth Shows Caffey as they craft their plan for this essential work. Once Kristin has had time to assess the current program, she and Elizabeth will hire an additional person to complete the team.
•Administrative Support for The Rev. Horace Griffin and The Rev. Elizabeth Shows Caffey. Given the change in clergy duties prompted by the movement to three priests, existing church staffing has been reconfigured to provide administrative support for Horace and Elizabeth.
•Martin Luther King, Jr. Vigil Service The Vestry commended Dan and clergy/staff on crafting this very meaningful service that was attended by 225 people; the spirit was palpable!