2011 VestryBelow are the approved minutes of  November’s Vestry meeting. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask one of our Vestry members.

Vestry Minutes

November 28, 2011, 6:30 pm

Members present: Connie Blackmon, Gene Demonet, Sheila Dixon, Lynn Hall, Dave Halmrast, Jeff Jackson, Katie Linney, Michelle Moody, Larry Nordin, Drucye Robinson, Anne Simpson

Opening Prayer led by Fr. Jeff

Formation– Crucible of Leadership. Discussed what makes a leader, integrity checks.


Approval of October minutes- Drucye made motion, seconded by Connie

Pine Mountain & Hamilton Parade- info in bulletin, Katie will send out reminder email this week. They will decorate at 12:30 for 1:30 parade behind public safety building. Move behind old school at 4:30 for 5:30 parade.

Adult Formation December 4 “The Real St. Nick” by Lynn & Michelle
Adult Formation December 11 Advent & Christmas Wreaths with the Flower Guild
December 18 cancelled if no one volunteers to lead

St. Nicholas Day celebration December 11, Christmas Pageant Rehearsal after church- Peggy Martin leading

Lessons & Carols December 18, 6pm

Flower Guild Decorating the Church Dec. 23

Christmas Eve Services 5:00pm, 10:30pm, Christmas Day service 11:00am

Next Vestry Meeting Dec. 19, 6:30pm

Newcomers- Anne emailed out list, few people from Trinity visited, a couple came to Instructed Eucharist. Chris and Jenny Jackson visited this past week.

-Today we got a donation from someone who wants to keep anonymous, a $10,000 donation to pay the mortgage.

-We committed $1,000 to Church of Common Ground in Atlanta. Outreach can recommend how we want to handle it.

-Connie- we will promote sale of Christmas cards from CVEM, should include something in bulletin. Also, our big Christmas project is Spread the Warmth, Linda and Sue are in charge of that.


Storm damage update: we took photos immediately after the storm, sent them to insurance company, now compiling estimates to send to them. Michelle got an estimate for the playground. Bill got estimate included sign and lattice work around a/c unit. On December 11, the Strategic Planning Committee should be meeting and will discuss it. Drucye and Bill will work on a temporary sign, a vinyl banner; Drucye will design sign and email it, and will tell how much it costs. Bill will work on frame or support for sign. Larry is trying to get burning permits, we will need 20-30 people for burning around December 10.

Consecration Sunday results & 2012 Budget- Dave & Gene- Dave sent summary, pledges are up to about $185,000 ($145,000 last year); we have 2 fairly good pledges still to come in, estimated at $20,000. We could be up 40% from last year. We had 13 new pledges. ¾ of pledges increased from last year. The whole concept of the Consecration Sunday project worked, people really stepped up.
Gene went over budget report. Discussed expenses, individual areas, and potentially implementing a policy on raises. We may start a Compensation Committee-Dave & Jeff will talk about who should be on committee.

By-Laws- everyone got a copy, no corrections. Dave made motion to accept by-laws as amended, Sheila seconded.

Update from Vestry Nomination Committee- Drucye- we’ve made progress, Heather Roper has agreed to be nominated for Youth Vestry position. Committee will meet again soon.

Memory Garden plan- Larry- Garden is in shambles. Mike Sawyer has been helping Larry, they want to come up with a brand new planting plan with new trees, flowers, shrubbery, and then present plan to Vestry.


Dave Ramsey class update- Dave- we didn’t get enough interest to take it further at this time, will put it on shelf for now. It’s given at the Methodist Church in Pine Mountain.

Steward of the Month for December: everyone who pledged Stewardship Sunday.

Treasurer’s Report- Gene

January Meeting- we’ll try to push away any business and spend time doing calendar planning and orientation.

Prayer request-Anne’s son-in-law Eric’s mother

Prayer & Dismissal Fr. Jeff closed with a prayer at 8:06