Vestry Minutes

Vestry Minutes from December 10th 2018

Trinity Episcopal Church

Vestry Minutes

December 10, 2018

Vestry Members Present:

  • Katie Davidson, Lisa Edward, Barb Hollar, Brandon Gabbard, Matt Swendiman, Thomas Workman, Chris Kelley, Christi Bailey, Tony Powell

Vestry Members Absent:

  • Nancy Grayson

Clergy Present:

  • Rev. Justin Gabbard, Rev. Peter D’Angio

Clergy Absent:

Visiting Parishioners: Dennis Blom, John Cox, Josh Mitchell, Gina Russ, Gary Gabbard

Opening Prayer:

  • Rev. Peter D’Angio

Call to Order:

  • Rev. Peter D’Angio

Sharing by Vestry Members:

Culture of Courtesy Covenant:

  • Culture of Courtesy Covenant distributed and read as a group

Adoption of November Minutes from November

  • Motion: Chris Kelley
    • Motion to accept the November minutes as amended
  • Motion carried

Adoption of Consent Agenda

  • Motion: Chris Kelley
  • Motion carried

Old Business:

  • Began the meeting with dinner welcoming newly elected Vestry Members (Dennis Blohm, John Cox, Josh Mitchell, and Gina Russ)
    • The Vestry discussed Capital Campaign ideas
    • Placed these into categories – Place/People/Program/Debt/Things respectively
      • Playground, Preservation and Maintenance Fund, Solar Project, Master Plan Office Wing, Episcopal Retirement Home, Chapel space, Bell Tower Renovation
      • Staffing Fund
      • International Mission Trips, School, Child Care Center, Senior Center, Jail Ministry, Camp Scholarship Fund, Children’s Choir, Friends of Trinity Matching Fund, Endowed Outreach, Community Needs Assessment
      • Pay off Debt
      • Bus/Van for various transportation needs
    • Review of questions and answers for budget hearing from Matt Swendiman and Chris Kelley
    • Questions were addressed and some have been added
    • Budget presentation will be reviewed at the next vestry meeting
    • There was a line of credit drawn when the balance in on hand cash reached the low threshold
      • There was also a surplus from the Book of Remembrance deposited
      • We stand now at $113,373 on our line of credit
    • Book of Remembrance trustee board
      • Tony Milburn’s term is up
      • Rev. Peter D’Angio Moves to appoint Tony Milburn to the Book of Remembrance trustee board
        • Tony Powell 2nds
        • Motion carries
      • Pre-Mortem for Capital Campaign – Chris Kelley
        • Outlook or projection of 18 months after the Capital Campaign starts
        • What went well?
          • Listing some (not all) of the Vestry’s answers to this question:
          • More involvement in the community, Solar Project inspired us to go geothermal, received donations from a broad spectrum of people, Vestry now has the problem of dealing with a surplus, used the process to rebrand, because of the community needs assessment we realized synergies with other organizations, we grow on Sunday mornings, we have a school that is functioning and a magnet, we have a functioning Bus
        • What didn’t work?
          • Listing some (not all) of the Vestry’s answers to this question:
          • Poor communication, misinformation campaign, we didn’t recognize that the absence of information is important, not unified leadership, disrupted giving patterns, we didn’t do a good job of asking outside the parish, we didn’t think outside the box on how to receive donations or kinds of donations, sticking to Vestry list and not getting Parish input, missing an age group’s input, we got too broad and became dilutive
        • Discussion ensued involving Vestry members answering these questions
      • Timing for Capital Campaign (Rev. Peter)
        • Andi Tillman would like to visit in January for an organizational meeting
        • There would be a Sunday morning component as well
        • Date to be forthcoming

New Business:

  • Church Security (Chris Kelley)
    • Article for Chimes to outline our security policies (Christi, Chris, Brandon)
    • Also have Chris come back to the vestry for a session to train Ushers and/or the Parish at large
  • Building and Grounds (Brandon)
    • Brandon and Tony Powell met with Andy Piaskowy
    • Coffee station is underway with Anonymous donation, and Bonnie Lucas Memorial Fund donation
    • Andy Recommended that we continue work with his replacement at the firm, going forward. (Emma Adkisson)
    • Her first order of business will be to meet with the Solar Panel group
  • Rev. Peter D’Angio and Rev. Justin Gabbard Housing Allowance for 2019
    • Peter will claim $20,000
    • Justin will claim $17,000

Commission Reports:

  • Rector’s report (Rev. Peter D’Angio)
  • Family Ministries Report (Shannon Gemeinhardt)
  • Nurture (Lisa Edwards)
  • Budget (Matt Swendiman)


  • Moved: Rev. Peter D’Angio
  • Motion carried

Next Meeting:

  • January 14th, 2019 @ 6:30pm – Trinity Church

Respectfully submitted,

Katie Davidson

Clerk of the Vestry


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