Junior Warden Report: Sam Allen delivered the Junior Warden’s report. Monthly workdays have been scheduled and the Cathedral has 30 volunteers on the Junior Warden’s email list for workday support. If other volunteers are interested in being added to the email list, please contact the Junior Warden. In 2016, unwanted items (2.9 tons) were removed from the undercroft. Additionally, regular lightbulbs have been replaced with LED lightbulbs which will save energy and not require the Building & Grounds Committee to replace lightbulbs on a frequent basis. Because of the construction project, the Bishop’s Garden was under-maintained in 2016 but will be better maintained in 2017.
Finance Committee: Anna Klein Christie, Chair, began by thanking the congregation and expressing appreciation for Mac McCabe’s work as Treasurer for the last four years. Anna presented Mac with a gift from the Finance Committee and Dean Shambaugh presented a gift on behalf of St. Luke’s. Mac reminded those congregants who have not pledged to submit 2017 pledges as soon as possible. The end of year statements will be mailed to parishioners next week. The Cathedral enjoyed a surplus of $19,000 – the largest surplus under Mac’s tenure as Treasurer.
Dean Shambaugh introduced the next agenda item – a community conversation on what we do well as a Cathedral and where God is calling us. Results of the conversation will be reviewed at the upcoming Vestry retreat. Elise Magnuson led this portion of the agenda. Below is a summary of the congregation‘s comments:
Strengths Areas where God is calling us
Community Increase civil discourse
Liturgy Invitations to Senators to visit St. Luke’s
Inclusiveness Expansion of ministry to refugees
Music Commitment to families in neighborhood
People Family breakfasts and prayer services
Presence of God Fuller use of the Cathedral (building/physical plant)
Clergy Increase stewardship
Openness Bilingual services (French)
Building African/Anglican services
Preaching Increase availability of certain Cathedral spaces being open
Outreach Affordable housing – Mercy Hospital?
Social Justice Expand congregation to fund Assoc. Priest