Date: February 13, 2017
On Sun., Feb. 12, Lane Heard, outgoing senior warden opened the annual meeting with a prayer and the Rev. Ledlie Laughlin gave a special welcome to all of our new members.
Treasurer Steve Smith presented the Finance committee report recapping: a financial summary 2013-2017, an overview of the FY2017 budget, with updates on the audit, capital campaign and stewardship. Steve stated that in 2017, we have already posted our fourth consecutive year of gains in pledge income, but the participation rate is slightly lower. As of Feb. 8, we have 550 pledges in hand at an average pledge of $3,770 (versus 591 pledges at $3,387 last year). If 119 parishioners who pledged in 2016 were to pledge again this year, we would meet and exceed our goal by $43K. Lane followed with an invitation for parishioners to come to a special Capital Campaign meeting on Sun., Mar. 26.
Ledlie continued by summarizing the work of the vestry in the past year that focused on three priorities emanating from a vestry retreat in spring 2016: to generate a culture of engagement in this congregation; to generate a culture of gratitude; and to turn to those beyond our walls for mission and outreach. He announced Bishop Budde’s visit at Pentecost when she will be presiding at Baptisms, Confirmations and Reception into The Episcopal Church. He encouraged all parishioners to ask themselves the question, “What is the next step Christ is calling me to take in my own journey of faith?”
Ledlie then introduced the St. C's staff to an enthusiastic round of applause. In three impassioned stories of connection, parishioners told stories about how St. Columba’s was changing lives through: the Nursery School told by Bronwyn Roy, “New to You” by Courtney Hundley and Refugee Response ministry by Jean Ann Wright. Ledlie then acknowledged all ministry leaders “stepping down and stepping up” (see page 2 of the agenda) and called forth all former wardens present. He thanked Lane Heard for his many years of service with a gift. Closing remarks and prayer were given by new senior warden, Elizabeth Taylor.
Throughout the morning (and on two previous Sundays), elections were held for the four open vestry positions, two diocesan delegates and three diocesan alternate positions.
Elizabeth Taylor and Steve Smith were elected as senior and junior wardens, respectively. Elizabeth Pyke will return to the vestry for a second term, along with Shelby Tarkenton, John Sides and Alex Acosta who were elected to serve three-year terms on the vestry.
Suzi Kindervatter and Barbara Woodall Kragie return as diocesan delegates; and Chris Schumann, Annette Edwards and Deborah Kennedy Coster are our new alternate diocesan delegates.
St. Columba’s is enormously grateful to all the candidates who took the time to run for these leadership roles in our congregation. Special thanks to Lane Heard whose vestry term ends this month, and to Harry Wood and Chris Luckett, who, though not elected in this cycle, continue to contribute so much to St. Columba’s.
The Nominating committee extends their congratulations to our new wardens, vestry members and diocesan delegates; and thanks all those who cast ballots, and to the Nominating committee for putting forward such an excellent slate.
St. Columba’s is indeed rich in talent!
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