At its September meeting the Vestry authorized the New Revenue Committee to pursue a rental agreement with Saint Timothy and Saint Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church to use our nave and one meeting room on Saturday nights. Because they use the Orthodox calendar, their major feast days do not conflict with our busiest times at Christmas and Easter. The agreement would bring in significant revenue. Like Kinhaven pre-school, they are being displaced from Central United Methodist Church during their reconstruction.
The stewardship campaign this year will introduce a new Legacy Circle to recognize planned giving and will emphasize the opportunity for pledgers to use automated electronic transfers.
The Vestry discussed issues that have arisen related to the rekeying of interior doors. To ensure security and effective management of our space by multiple internal and external users, keys are limited to Vestry members, ministry leaders, and upon request on a limited basis for others with a documented ongoing need for access. This Key Policy was adopted by the Vestry five years or so ago when the exterior doors and electronic locks were installed, but when interior doors were rekeyed recently in response to recommendations from the fire department some members discovered their old keys no longer work.
The Vestry reviewed an analysis requested by the Building and Grounds Committee regarding the pros and cons of selling the rectory owned by the church instead of renting it out since none of our clergy currently live there. The Vestry did not act on the recommendation not to sell the rectory but to raise the rent to market value. They will revisit the issue at a future meeting after more financial analysis can be compiled about the net income the property currently yields.
In routine business the Vestry approved Minutes and Treasurer’s reports, and authorized the Finance Committee to submit the completed 2015 audit report to the Diocese and thanked Susan Kuhn and Jill Nusbaum for serving as the audit committee. The 2016 audit was recently completed by a commercial accounting firm and it provided a clean bill of health for our financial records. The report will be submitted to the Vestry for review before the October meeting. When it is sent to the Diocese we will be caught up on our audits.