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2020 Vestry

About the Vestry

The All Saints’ Vestry is the governing body of the church, consisting of eleven congregation members serving staggered three-year terms. Two co-wardens head the Vestry and run the monthly Vestry meetings as well as the congregational Annual Meeting in January, when new Vestry members and wardens are elected. Any pledge-paying member of the church is eligible to join Vestry, and all Vestry meetings (normally held on the third Tuesday of each month) are open to the entire congregation.

In some cases, overseeing the business of the church entails operational tasks such as reviewing and approving financial reports and budgets, providing performance reviews of the Rector and setting her salary, and so on. At the same time, the primary business of the church is prayer—for our congregation, community, nation, and world. Thus, each month the Vestry prayerfully considers how All Saints’ is responding to the needs of our congregants and our neighbors, what planning and resources are necessary to sustain those activities, and what more we can do to play a part in healing our broken, fragile world.

And to balance things out, the Vestry gets to plan and throw a party or two each year. Essentially, we try to support the health and vitality of All Saints’, whatever shape that may take.

Updates

October 2020 Vestry Meeting

October 2020

All Saints’ Vestry met on Tuesday, October 20th – all members were present joined by Stephen, Andrew R., Colin Collette and Polly Tangora. Brit Cooper Robinson and Liz Futrell joined us at the beginning of the meeting to talk about a unique opportunity for fighting racism and building community across our city’s neighborhoods called The Folded Map Project. The Vestry was enthusiastic and supportive of this idea and we look forward to seeing how it further contributes to our work toward Building a Beloved Community.

We then wrapped up our appreciative Inquiry reflection and sharing and talked about how it can coordinate with and support the ideas the Transition Committee has been working on around how to tell and capture the story of All Saints’ and how that can be helpful to the new Rector that we will eventually call. Other highlights of the meeting included:

  • Update on the “Space Force” work – full report will be coming from the architectural firm and the committee next month!
  • Co-Wardens approved a compensation package recommended by the Search Committee since the last meeting, per the authorization of the Vestry
  • The Parish Profile was reviewed and approved to be published as part of the new Rector search process
  • The website update will soon go live in October to be ready for the Rector search as well
  • The Transition Team report was received and there was a discussion (per above) about how to connect it to the appreciative inquiry process that the Vestry has been doing
  • Mexico Outreach Sunday was very successful, exceeding its fundraising goal
  • Greenlining Campaign work continues, with funds raised/pledged surpassing $250,000 and a major action with United Power to secure a commitment from State Senate President Harmon for support of 1000 affordable housing units and expanded mental health care services
  • The table below shows All Saints’ operating income and expenses through September 2020. (Please note that all negative numbers are shown in parentheses.) We are incredibly grateful for the generous bequest to All Saints’ from Chris Flowers. Thank you all for your gifts and support, both financial and otherwise!

                   Sept. 2020        YTD                  YTD Budget

Income                      20,929              352,017            389,086

Expenses                  38,381              359,343            387,443

Net                              (17,452)           ( 7,326)             1,643

The next Vestry meeting is on November 17th – as always everyone is welcome. In the meantime, look forward to seeing you at the MANY fantastic events going on in the coming weeks, including:

  • October 25th – November 3rd: “Novena” Compline for the nation
  • October 28th: Episcopal 101 begins and runs for 4 weeks
  • October 29th: Fermenting Community gathering on Zoom
  • November 1st: All Saints’ Sunday
  • November 8th: All Saints’ Advent begins – many more exciting Advent events to come!
September 2020 Vestry Meeting

September 2020

All Saints’ Vestry met on Tuesday, September 15, after a brief summer hiatus in August. All members were present joined by Stephen, Andrew R., Polly Tangora and long-time listener, first-time caller Ken Jones.

We opened the meeting with prayer and a continuation of an appreciative Inquiry reflections we’ve been taking turns doing, sharing brief stories about meaningful moments for each of us during our time at All Saints’. After the usual approval of the minutes we jumped into a TON of business. Highlights included:

  • Approval of roof maintenance and repair work, recommended by the Building & Grounds Committee that needs to be done to get as much mileage as possible out of the current roof structures, particularly on the Parish Hall and Church School.
  • An initial conversation about work that needs to be done on the Rectory to maintain and enhance it for the long-term as part of the historic buildings on the campus.
  • Discussion of how to plan for the long-term use of space in the overall All Saints’ campus that now includes 4546 N Hermitage. The “Space Force” Committee, who has been thinking about these issues, reviewed a proposal from Larry Dieckmann with Manske, Dieckmann and Thompson Architects to do an assessment of potential options with input and oversight from the Space Force Committee. The plan was approved, and we look forward to seeing the options.
  • Update from the Search Committee which has updated the parish profile and is aiming to post the Rector position listing in mid-October. The Vestry approved a compensation package range for the position so that could move forward.
  • Highlights from the Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) results, including 2 top priorities that the Transition Team will be working on in the coming months:
    • Creating more opportunities for people to form meaningful relationships (for example, small groups, nurtured friendships, shared meals, etc.), and
    • Developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to reach new people and incorporate them into the life of the church
  • Update on the Greenlining Campaign – thank you to everyone who has paid their commitments and who continues to in the future! We have transferred $180,000 of the $243,945.80 that we raised and LCDC is in the process of getting construction of the home permitted.

We also discussed By-Laws development, appointed a replacement delegate for the election of the next Bishop of Chicago, heard about the redesign of our website and talked about Stewardship 2021 – it was a FULL meeting!

The next Vestry meeting is on October 20 – as always everyone is welcome. In the meantime, look forward to seeing you at the MANY fantastic events going on in the coming weeks, including:

  • September 30 and the following 3 Wednesdays for Adult Formation’s “Bible 101” series with Stephen
  • October 4: Annual Pet Blessing
  • Every Sunday at 10:30: Brewed Awakenings with a new topic every week!
  • October 18: Mexican Outreach Sunday
  • November 1: All Saints’ Day!!

Tracking our Financial Health

The table below shows All Saints’ operating income and expenses through August 31, 2020.

Please note that all negative numbers are shown in parentheses.

August              YTD                  YTD Budget

Income                         21,464              341,214            337,238

Expenses                      33,186              320,916            338,470

Net                               (11,722)            20,998              ( 1,232)

Thank you for all of your gifts, both financial and non-financial!

February 2020 Vestry Meeting

February 18, 2020

In February’s Vestry meeting, we welcomed new faces, took care of some business, got going on some planning and caught up on A LOT of great things that have been going on. We welcomed new Vestry members Diane Doran, Jack Garland and Dave Wernette-Harnden as well as our Interim Rector Stephen Applegate. We also reflected on the FANTASTIC start we’ve had to the new year at All Saints’, including:

  • A galactically amazing Annual Meeting, with excellent food and fantastic acting thanks to all of YOU
  • An incredible weekend of community and celebration traveling to Detroit to see Bonnie consecrated Bishop of Michigan
  • A beautiful and joyous ordination of All Saints’ own Rev. Courtney Reid, featuring no less than THREE bishops
  • A super successful and well-attended Newcomers Brunch, with 20 new folks coming to O’Shaughnessy’s to get to know one another and All Saints’ a little better

There are a bunch of great opportunities to continue to build our community, support our brothers and sisters here and around the world, and reengage with our faith coming up:

  • Annual Bake Auction this Sunday February 23rd
  • Bread, Wine and Word on Friday February 28th
  • Lenten Suppers starting the weekend after Ash Wednesday
  • Speak Up Training for confronting racism and building our Beloved Community – only 1 spot left!
  • All Stories 2nd workshop series – runs from 2/28 to 4/3
  • Beach Party at the Rectory!!! – welcome our Interim Rector the evening of 3/1
  • Search Committee Commissioning at worship services on 3/8

We also began to put together a Transition Team to help support our community through the transition process to a calling a new Rector and discussed upcoming needed and potential repairs to the Rectory in the coming months and beyond. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the Vestry members with any questions – our next meeting will be on March 17th where we will catch up and keep up on all the amazing things going on at All Saints’ and celebrate St. Patrick and the birthdays of none other than our own Revs. Stephen Applegate and Andrew Rutledge!

Next Vestry meeting is Tuesday, March 17 in the Reading Room – all are welcome. The meeting begins with a Bible Study at 7:30, and business begins around 8:30.

December 2019 Vestry Meeting

December 24, 2019

All Saints’ Vestry met on Tuesday, December 10th and much like the holiday calendar, there was A LOT on the agenda. There were updates on all the fantastic things going on. On Monday, December 9th, 15 story tellers who completed a 5-week course and 50 guests shared personal stories of all kinds (think the Moth Radio Hour on NPR) and there is the possibility of a follow up course down the line. The All Saints Fall Lecture series has had great attendance ranging from 9 to 22 each week and will wrap up this coming Thursday, December 19th. The Episcopal 101 class, which had a solid average of 30 attendees per week also wrapped up and there looks to be about 20 or more people who will be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church when Bishop Jeff Lee visits on January 8th (see the link in the newsletter if you’d like to be part of that). Finally, Andrew reported that attendance has averaged over 300 each week the last several weeks and we all agreed how incredible it feels to be part of such a vibrant, engaged faith community.

We also discussed the many opportunities for All Saints’ members to get involved in strengthening both our community and that of the wider Church, through serving in a variety of roles including on the Search Committee for calling a new Rector, on the All Saints’ Vestry, and representing All Saints’ in diocesan roles. We’ll be hosting “Discernment Sessions” between the services on January 5th and January 12th and encourage you to join us for one of those if you think you might be interested in any of those opportunities.

Another exciting update: the search for an Interim Rector is nearing a close! A call and offer has been made, and pending the resolution of letter of agreement, we are hopeful that person will be joining us in February. The Vestry also discussed and approved the Co-Chairs for the Search Committee, Anne Cadigan and Andrea Garland, and the process for selecting members of the Search Committee. There was strong agreement that it is critical for the Search Committee to reflect the many different and rich perspectives of folks across the congregation. Please see the link in the newsletter about the process and join us for one of the Discernment Sessions if you might be interested.

Other business discussed at the meeting included:

 

  • Planning for the Annual Meeting – theme to be announced soon!
  • Making sure that we are welcoming visitors and new folks consistently to continue to grow and build relationships across the congregation.
  • Visit from Bishop Jeff Lee on January 8th! Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks.
  • Bonnie’s Consecration as Bishop of Michigan on February 8th.
  • Courtney Reid’s Ordination on February 15th! Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks.
  • Goal to complete Rectory repairs over the next year prior to the new Rector being called.
  • Review and approval of the monthly financial report.

We hope all of you have a happy and restorative holiday season filled with love and blessings.

Next Vestry meeting is Tuesday, January 21st in the Reading Room – all are welcome.

November 2019 Vestry Meeting

November 22, 2019

All Saints’ Vestry met on Tuesday, November 12th for our first meeting of the post-Bonnie era. We were happy to be joined by several folks from the community who came to hear more about the process for selecting an Interim Rector and moving the search process for a long-term Rector forward.

After recognizing the awesomeness of Bonnie’s farewell services and party and the TONS of work that SO MANY people put into them (“Thank You!”s all around to many, many folks!), Rev. Andrea Mysen from the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago walked us through some of the next steps and options in the search process, including how to form a Search Committee and what the major duties for that group would be. In particular, she explained how the duties of the Search Committee are distinct and different, when key check-in points in the process will be, and how the Search Committee could be structured. The Vestry decided to begin taking nominations in December for three weeks beginning 12/1 with Committee formation to happen in January. The Committee will be made up of no more than 9 members and will have a relatively intensive time commitment to the process over the coming year. Please feel free to reach out to the Wardens or Vestry members for more details.

We are hoping have an interim rector in place early in the new year. That person will likely serve our church for about a year and will not be a candidate for the permanent rector position.

Other business discussed at the meeting included:

  • A discussion of the upgrades to the Church Audio System, specifically options for installing a tools that help assist individuals with a hearing issue to more fully participate in our church life and services. A team of stakeholders researched options and agreed that an FM-based system, with the possibility of a future WiFi add-on that would work with a phone app, would provide the best balance of support for the widest range of people. We look forward to moving forward with this new system as we work to aim to be more inclusive and welcoming to all. Let us know if you have any feedback about the new audio system or this general initiative and many thanks to Eileen Krause and the stakeholder team for their efforts.
  • In keeping with the theme of an Advent that creates space for community, reflection and fun All Saints will be hosting a St. Nicholas Evening Party from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, December 7th in the church hall. More details to come, including sign ups for helping out with food prep, set up, etc.
  • Visit from Bishop Jeff Lee on January 8th! Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks.
  • Bonnie’s Consecration as Bishop of Michigan on February 8th! Link to the room block in the newsletter. All Saints’ will not be securing buses or other transportation, but encourage folks to carpool and will be working on a way to help coordinate that.
  • Courtney Reid’s Ordination on February 15th! Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks.
  • Review of more detailed Building & Grounds Committee’s report and recommendations for Rectory repair work.
  • Review and approval of the monthly finance report.
  • Brief discussion of potential Annual Meeting themes – stay tuned!

As always, there are a TON of amazing things going on at All Saints’, particularly in this Advent season so check out the event fliers in the Church as the weekly newsletter for more info on all of them.

Next Vestry meeting is Tuesday, December 10th in the Reading Room – all are welcome.