18 Feb 2020

St. Paul’s Parish Newsletter February 18, 2020
Calendar
Feb 23 at 10:15—Homily and Holy Eucharist, Rev. Larry Minter • Ushers: Debbie
• Lectors: Kevin and Robyn
• Chalicist: Ben
• Counters: Sonny and Mike N
St Paul’s Outside the Walls – In February we will be collecting food for CLM.
Feb 19 at 6:00 – Pitch-In and Bible Study
Feb 19 at 6:30 – Vestry meeting
Feb 20 @ 5:30 – Clark County CARES
Feb 25 @ 5:30-7:00 – Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner Feb 26 @ 10:30 – Spiritual Companion Group
Feb 26 @7 pm – Ash Wednesday Service
Mar 1 @ 9:25 – Forum with Phyllis and Luke: Protecting, Serving and Empowering our Immediate Families
Mar 1 @ 10:15 – Holy Eucharist and Homily, Rev Ben Sanders
In the Parish
Deacon Jim presenting to Communities in Schools packaged underwear thanks to the good folks at St. Paul’s.
From the SPTW team
If you have something you’d like to add to the next SPTW, please email the team at stpaulsjeff@gmail.com by Monday afternoon. Please put SPTW in the subject line. Many thanks.
    
The Seamen’s Church Institute
St. Paul’s hosted a pancake breakfast for the Seamen’s Church Institute on Feb 15. Here is a link to The Seamen’s Church Institute and the vital work they do.
https://seamenschurch.org/
Do you knit or crochet? The Seamen’s Church Institute collects scarfs and hats for Christmas at Sea.
Saint Matthias Day: Feb 24
His story: After the ascension of Jesus, the disciples gathered to choose a replacement for Judas Iscariot. The lot fell to Matthias. See Acts 1:15-26
Tradition says he preached in Judea, Colchis (modern Georgia), and Cappadocia (Turkey) and north to the Caspian Sea. It is claimed that the remains of Matthias were taken to Italy and that part of these relics are interred in the Abbey of St. Mathias in Trier Germany. (On a personal note from Kim: I have seen his icon
written on the wall of a cave city in Turkey, anAs to March, Ben has the 1st and 15th, and our Bishop will be here on the 8th. Our Deacon is taking the 22nd as a "working" Sunday. We have a former rector who is going to be here Palm Sunday through Easter. I believe that is as far as we have gotten with a schedule.d we visited this Abbey when we lived in Germany. Trier is Michael’s favorite city ever.)
Collect for the Day: Almighty God, who in the place of Judas chose your faithful servant Matthias to be numbered among the Twelve: Grant that your Church, being delivered from false apostles, may always be guided and governed by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Spotlight on the Vestry . . .
Every church has a governing board that oversees the financial, business, and other ‘official’ aspects of parish management. In some denominations it is called the Church Council, in others the Board of Trustees. In the Episcopal Church it’s called the Vestry and
   
like so many of our traditions its name and function traces back to the Anglican Church (Church of England) from which the ECUSA (The Episcopal Church in America) emerged.
The Vestry is entrusted with:
• All business and legal decisions relating to the property and church structure
• The selection of the Rector
• Program and ministerial support
• All financial matters, including budget approval
• Short - and Long-term planning
• The ultimate approval of church issues, especially in the absence of a rector.
At Saint Paul’s we have a 7-member Vestry, including a Senior Warden appointed by the Rector, a Junior Warden elected by other Vestry members, a non-voting Church Treasurer, and a non-voting Clerk who takes and keeps Vestry meeting minutes. Vestry members are elected by the congregation at the Annual Meeting and typically serve three-year terms. In the Episcopal Church, the Vestry meets monthly and meetings are open to church members.
Our current Vestry members are:
Walker (Sonny) McCulloch – Sr. Warden,Verger Jackie Lankert – Jr. Warden
Mike Lankert
Steve Fleece
Luke Stifler
Bill McCulloch – Clerk
Notes from Susan and Charlene on the Indy Dio Convention 2019 Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis Convention 2019 In Bloomington, IN November 15-16 In attendance: Charlene McAndrews, Susan Madara, and Jim Stanton
SUMMARY:
1. Draw of investments best policy 5% or less. Diocese drawing down more than the recommendation created a need to review expenses and is the reason for lowering individual church support by 10%, as well as other budget adjustments.
1. Lowered compensation to churches from 427,902 to 385,000 for 2020.
2. Bishop clearly stated support for small churches as a priority and she would be sending an
individual to help with financials and growth within community. 3. Communications Seminar – your Tools
Debbie Tucker Susan Madara
Ginny Stroh – Treasurer

1. Bulletin
2. Website
3. Advertising on Facebook (Christmas service, Easter service, etc.)
1. Someone needs to receive alerts and review weekly
4. Email Newsletter
1. Lead with a story
2. Click throughs to website with most information residing there (goal:
congregation goes to website for information/calendar/news) 3. Best day to send Wednesday/Thursday
5. Signage
6. Print (newspaper, etc.)
4. Introduced to The College for Congregational Development – July 12-18, 2020, brings
together leadership teams from across the diocese to gain new perspective and greater capacity to act within their own churches.
1. Sending 6 individuals SUGGESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
1. MOST IMPORTANT – discussion regarding our process for communicating among ourselves
1. What needs to be accomplished
2. Who is in charge of accomplishing the task (numerous times multiple individuals are
tasked with same request).
3. Chart showing ongoing tasks with place to put in a date (and initials?)
2. Creation of committee chart with individual(s) names and contact information to reside on website.
3. Two (2) person committee in charge of shut-ins and prayer requests 4. Two (2) person committee in charge of visitor and member follow-up
1. Consider how to revise prayer list to be more meaningful and have names removed as appropriate.
5. How to become involved: with other churches in our neighborhood, in community/individuals
1. If have booth somewhere it needs to be interactive with individuals stopping by...
1. Suggestion has been a prayer tree that individuals can write name of people
they would like prayer for on leaves they place on tree. We have special prayer for them on the following Sunday and invite individuals to come worship with us.
6. Our church worship: Suggestion box for hymn requests, ribbons on pews move everyone forward?

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