THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE CREATOR
Regular Meeting of the Vestry
Present: Bob Blanton, Priest in Charge; Ross Turner (Senior Warden); John Lanford; Beth Braley; Jennifer Duncan; Bob White; and Dianne Martin (Clerk)
Call to Order: Ross called the meeting to order and led the opening prayer at 6:35 P.M.
Approval of Minutes from Last Vestry Meeting: Bob White made a motion to accept the November meeting minutes. Beth seconded the motion. The motion passed.
We had $4,765.27 more in expenditures than we had in revenue in November resulting in our reserve going down to 2.34 months.
Jr. Warden Report
Beth reported that Jason will clean up the grounds before our Christmas Eve service.
Clean-out and insulation of Storage Room
The vestry will set a date for cleaning out the storage room early in the New Year. Fixing the insulation will be a major undertaking due to the high ceiling.
The greening of the church went well and the decorations look very good.
Dianne made a motion that we send 1% of our tithes and offerings to the diocese next year on a monthly basis. Jennifer seconded the motion and the motion passed.
The vestry will need to draw up and approve a budget before the annual meeting. During the first week of January, Beth will send us a comparison of the last few years’ budgets. We have 18 confirmed pledges for next year for a total general fund pledge amount of $85,280.00.
Joan Blanton and Ross will be delegates to the Diocesan Council which will be held January 27th through 29th in Natchez. John will be an alternate delegate.
Creator Annual Meeting
Creator’s annual meeting will be held Sunday, January 22nd.
Safe Harbor / Creator Relations
We discussed our desire to have Safe Harbor acknowledge Creator in their promotional materials such as advertisements, Facebook, etc. This would be accomplished by including a statement to the effect that their meeting space is sponsored by the Episcopal Church of the Creator or that Safe Harbor meets where it does through the generous support of the Episcopal Church of the Creator. Pastor Bob will discuss this with Safe Harbor.
The next Vestry Meeting will be held January 16, 2023, at 6:30 PM.
John moved that the meeting be adjourned. Jennifer seconded the motion and it passed. The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 P.M.