Two big, green lights!
Vestry’s actions from last month’s meeting
Wednesday, 23 January was a significant day in the life of our parish. The vestry met, as it does every month, but this was no ordinary meeting. In fact, last month’s meeting might get recorded as among the most monumental in our lifetimes. First, upon the recommendation of the accessibility team, as well as a committee who is responsible for advising the vestry about capital campaign expenditures, we chose C.E. Floyd to construct our elevator. The firm is well-established, has an excellent reputation, including with religious organizations, and is already planning for ground-breaking, maybe as early as next month.
Second, upon the recommendation of the elevator fundraising team (Eileen Marks, chair; Dave McSweeney, Suzanne Owayda, Gabrielle Stott, and James Gammill) the vestry established a new unrestricted designated fund, now known as “Together Forever Property Fund.” Together Forever was created by transferring $200,000 from our unrestricted endowment. In the long-longterm we hope Together Forever will grow considerably, be the object of our planned giving, and be the source for funding annual maintenance/property costs at the Parish of the Epiphany. In addition to the transfer of $200,000 from our unrestricted investments, the vestry authorized the transfer of $125,000 from the General Fund into the Together Forever Fund. These monies, along with what we already have in hand (about $500,000), what has been raised quietly in the last few months ($175,000) will be combined, and then spent to pay for the elevator. Additional fundraising, to get us to the $1,000,000 that we need, will be necessary. We look forward to launching this parish-wide opportunity very soon, so that every part of our church will be accessible to all people.
Faithfully in Christ,
Rich Bartels, Clerk