2021 Annual Meeting - Post-event
Posted June 15, 2021
The meeting was recorded and the video is shared below this summary. Scroll down to watch it. The presentation slides are also available at the bottom as a downloadable PDF. Please note: these are not the official minutes of the meeting, just a summary of the proceedings to accompany the recording.
On Sunday, June 13, 2021, St. Martin's held its annual meeting over Zoom. We affirmed the election of new vestry and diocesan convention delegates - congratulations to David Dieck, Elizabeth Eagles, Rob Jennings, Paula Wineland and youth delegate Sophia Robinson. Thank you also to our outgoing vestry members: Paula Siry, Kate Maus, Skip Lynch, Alan Good, and Dick Dupuis.
We discussed the successes of the past year, despite ongoing pandemic restrictions and uncertainties. In particular we celebrated that worship has continued - in every varied way possible - without interruption and ministries adapted to COVID changes and flourished - especially our feeding ministries like Blessed Baking, led by Jane Good.
Accounting Warden Tom Sibson reviewed our finances, showing that we are in good shape overall, with giving in 2020 allowing us to set aside money for 2021 capital repairs. Despite a very strong start to 2021, pledge giving is currently experiencing a dip since April, and we encourage everyone to maintain their pledged giving.
Led by Properties Chairperson Carol Horne Penn, we celebrated properties successes including: repairs to the roofs of all three of our buildings, installing new A/V system in the church to allow for livestreamed worship and events, organ repairs, the refinishing of the Mary Chapel floor, improvements to Hilary House to make it welcoming for our Hosts for Hospitals family, and landscaping both to redirect water and to beautify the space. Carol also discussed ongoing properties needs and then previewed and upcoming plans.
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel discussed the vestry's work of strategic planning including the adoption of a new vision statement to complement our mission and values work: "The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, where all souls are nourished with spiritual food, enfolded into community, and inspired to act with courage and compassion in faithful witness to Jesus Christ."
Director of Music Tyrone Whiting talked about the choir's return to worship and the newly revived music ministry's plans for the fall. Tyrone is excited about not only raising the bar of the already fabulous music-making at St. Martin's, but also to bring that resource into the wider community more frequently. He mentioned, in particular an exciting Choristers to College program launching in the fall to create a funding stream for youth choir members' college educations.
The Rev. Barbara Ballenger and Minister for Children and Youth Anne Alexis Harra discussed the children and youth ministry's plans for the fall including worship.together+ - a combination of expanded audience worship service with formation learning and activities with families. This summer, Vacation Bible School and Choir Camp will bring children back on the property to kick off the return to on site programs in the fall. Registration is open and volunteers are needed!
Before questions, the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel shared about a coming faith discovery and faith sharing program that he is excited to get started on. He hopes to bring people deeper into their personal faith journey and learn how it share it in a way that contributes to and supports the whole community.
The meeting was adjourned by Rector's Warden Barbara Thomson and a closing prayer was led by Alan Windle.