May 16 Vestry Meeting Notes

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA
Minutes, May 16, 2017

In attendance: Rev. Canon Rosemari Sullivan, Julia Carter, Michele Casciano, Mary Cushing, Dwight Denson, Penelope Jones, Dan Plafcan, Karen Ruff, Thomas Sheldon, Molly White.

The meeting opened with prayer and shared concerns and joys.


The draft April 2017 minutes were approved as presented.

Finance Committee

There was no report as the Finance Committee had not yet met this month.

Building and Grounds

Junior Warden Mary Cushing provided the following update:

  • Three volunteers joined the Junior Warden for an initial meeting of the Buildings & Grounds Committee on May 11.
  • HVAC vendors are being identified for getting estimates on maintenance. Nor repairs are needed.
  • Tree trimming companies are being identified so estimates can be obtained for tree care.
  • An initial estimate has been received for repair of the church’s stained glass windows and a second estimate is being sought.

Mission and Outreach.

There was no report as the committee has not yet met.

Summer Worship Schedule

Vestry considered a proposal to change the summer worship times to allow greater flexibility for members of the congregation, including families with young children, to balance church attendance and summer recreational activities. Input will be sought from the congregation and ministries affected by any changes. A tentative proposal is to make no change to the 8am service but move the 10am service to 9:15am. The change would occur from the end of June through Labor Day.

Executive Session

Vestry entered into executive session to discuss staffing positions and job descriptions in preparation for the arrival of a new rector.

New Business

Vestry voted in favor of endorsing a variance request submitted by one of the rectory’s neighbors.

The meeting was concluded with prayer and blessing.

Respectfully submitted, Penelope Jones.

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