Vestry Notes for March 17, 2015

The Vestry met on Tuesday, March 17th and here is a summary:

Snow, Ice, Polar Vortex!  We hope that we can close the chapter on the 2014/1015 Winter.  We all know that the brutal weather impacted attendance at church-it's hard to attend when church is cancelled afterall!  The plate collection was down for a few weeks but rebounded nicely on March 15th as there was heavy attendance-the Mores had to sit in the back row!  Fr. Lee said that many of you are giving via the link on the website to keep current on your pledges even when you can't attend services-WAY TO GO! However, we are still operating with a budget deficit, so if you have not made an estimate of giving, please prayerfully consider how you can support St. Anne's.

Friction Farm performed as part of our concert series.  This talented duo entertained many church members, friends, and community residents with their take on modern folk music.  We'd like to see more of you!  Next up: nationally acclaimed storyteller Andy Offut Irwin on Sunday, April 26th at 4:30pm!  Imagine a southern Robin Williams...You get the idea-now get your tickets!! http://saintannesdamascus.net/special-events/Irwin

The Mission First project is just about to get its blessing from the Diocese as we are in the process of securing an attorney who will offer his services at a greatly reduced rate.  This was a requirement from the Diocese in order to move forward on the project.  Fr. Lee has several candidates under consideration.

The sky is not falling.  Thanks to good weather, the roof repairs have been completed.  The drywall repairs and mold prevention will be tackled after Easter and our insurance will cover the cost.

Coffee Talk  Chat up your friendly vestry members (Janet Ceasar, Christina More, Andy Barlow, Charlotte King, Elaine Espeland, Pam Brewer, Frank Ierardi, Mark Ludwig, Kristie Taylor, Bettianne Quinn, Steve Mullen, Tom Warfield) at coffee hour and give us ideas of how, what, where you see St. Anne's growing.  A new ministry you'd like to see?  An addition to the grounds? Ideas to obliterate the debt?  Let's talk!  Did I mention we're friendly?

Relay For Life in Clarksburg-Saturday, May 16  It's all hands on deck for this event to be held on a beautiful WARM Spring day in May.  St. Anne's will launch it's maiden voyage of our new tent at this event.  We will offer prayers, support, and the Eucharist during this all day and night event.  Block out a period of time on your calendar NOW.  The evening Eucharist service will take place after the lighting of the luminaries.  It is not to be missed.   There will be one church service the next day, Sunday, May 17 at 10am. 

Where have all the flowers gone?  On the south hillside as a meadow expansion project will be in the works thanks to the new Conservation Ministry headed up by Geri Drymalski!  It will be filled with native flowers, grasses, and Monarch butterflies as we embark on a mission of stewardship for the grounds surrounding the church.  Itching to get your hands dirty after this long, cold Winter?  Contact Geri at geri.drymalski@gmail.com

Do you see what I see?  The vestry continues to move forward on visioning and planning for St. Anne's.  We will be getting quotes and ideas for sealcoating the driveway, modernizing the social hall and kitchen, and reconfiguring the narthex area to be more welcoming to members, newcomers, and visitors.

Get thee to the driving range!  St. Anne's Open Golf Tournament is coming Monday, July 13!  Ask for that day off NOW as you will want to be joining us for good friends, good food, good golf, and good times!  Now is also the time to secure sponsors for the tournament.  Ask Marty(sponsorsource@yahoo.com ) or Christina More(thevife@yahoo.com)  for more information!