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What did the vestry (the governing board) do?

  • May 24, 2017 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The actions and discussions that occurred during the April and May meetings of the Vestry (the Parish’s governing board) are available. Members of the Parish can access all financial documents and the minutes of all Vestry meetings by choosing “News and Resources” and then choose “Parishioner Resources” above.

    • Bylaw Revision During the April meeting, we welcomed Carol Hollingshead, who with Vestry member James Wagner, led us in a discussion to review our bylaws, including reducing the size of our Vestry, increasing the size of our Nominating Committee, and evaluating the terms of office for Wardens. At the May meeting, James Wagner led us in a thorough review not only of the Parish of the Epiphany’s Bylaws, but also the “model” Bylaws for the Diocese of Massachusetts, and therefore, the Vestry could see clearly where we deviate from the model. At the May meeting, we voted to propose several changes, all of which will be presented to the Pparish at our regular annual meeting in January of 2018.

    • Renewable Energy At the April meeting we received a report from Suzanne Owayda (Warden) regarding contracting with Mass Energy (Mass Energy Consumers Alliance) to purchase renewable energy certificates for the energy we consume at 70 Church Street and 29 Lakeview Road. Making this switch will increase our energy expense approximately $2,500 annually. At the May meeting, we welcomed Hannah Niswonger, a member of the Property Committee and a passionate voice for addressing climate change, to join us in our discussion. The Vestry voted to make this change—to purchase renewable energy—at the May meeting.

    • Quarterly Financial Review At the April meeting, the Treasurers reviewed thoroughly our financial activity for the first quarter of this year, and issued a positive report card.

    • Rector’s Sabbatical Decisions about how and when to communicate about the Rector’s upcoming sabbatical were finalized. To read the Wardens’ letter click here. To read Thomas’s report on his sabbatical plans click here.

    • Executive Session During the April meeting, the Vestry voted to enter Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter.

    • Accessibility/Forecourt Project The Rector updated the Vestry on the project to make the main entrance of the church physically accessible to all. Kudos go to vestry members Matthew Hodges and Darwin Keith-Lucas (who has recently joined the Accessibility Team), as well as the team's chair, John McConnell, and continuing members Kate Loosian, Woody Cook, and Fred Spencer (co-chair of property committee).

    • Diocesan Mission Strategy The Rector circulated a copy of the Diocese of Massachusetts’s Mission Strategy

    • Sexton Transition During the May meeting the Vestry voted to approve the job description for a sexton, discussed the current Sexton’s transition from full-time employment to Sunday morning only, and offered counsel to the Rector about this transition.

    • Discernment and Ordination Process During the May meeting, the Rector led the Vestry in a discussion about its role in the discernment and ordination process, and provided them with a condensed version of the steps required. At next month’s meeting, the Vestry will receive a recommendation from Brett Johnson’s Discernment Committee, and will be asked to approve (or not) the committee’s recommendation.

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70 Church Street
Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: 781.729.1922



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