From the Desk of Rev. Sue+
Happy New Year! I am temporarily turning over this column space to the St. David's wardens: Cathy Underwood and Steve Adam. Their letter below pertains to the vote on the resolution regarding the Little Rectory. I commend it to your reading. My column will resume in February.
- Rev. Sue
From the Vestry
In 2017, the Vestry conducted a study to identify additional sources of revenue that might be available to St. David's to continue and enhance our mission. One avenue explored was the possible sale of some of our property that seemed under-utilized. The sale of the "little rectory" was identified as a possible source of revenue as it had not been occupied by an assistant rector for over 10 years and cost us approximately $5000 annually to maintain. In addition, the building and its infrastructure was in poor condition and would require extensive renovation should it be occupied on a semi-permanent basis long term.
In order for the sale of church property to occur, permission from the Diocese is required. The first step in this process is a vote from the members of the parish to allow the Vestry to begin the path towards a possible sale. The Canons of the Diocese require approval of 2/3 of the eligible members. The Vestry recently held a parish-wide vote to determine if the Vestry could proceed with the possible sale of the 'little rectory". In our case, we determined that 172 members were eligible to vote, which would require 115 "yes" votes. In the vote just held, 110 ballots were cast, 92 votes were in favor of a sale and 18 votes were opposed. Though the overwhelming majority of those who voted favored the resolution, an insufficient number of YES votes to meet the 2/3 minimum of eligible voters was received. Therefore, the Vestry is unable to proceed with a sale at this time.
Over the next several months, the Vestry will be exploring our options. We recognized from your input during the voting that we had not provided enough concrete information regarding the actual state of the property. In response, we commissioned a professional inspection of the property, which identified a number of serious health and safety issues. This resulted in our asking the tenant in the house to vacate on short notice. In order for the house to be habitable, a significant amount of work will need to be done. For this reason, the Vestry will put together a more comprehensive analysis of the pros and cons, with estimated costs, of either repairing, demolishing, or selling the house.
We very much appreciate and acknowledge the input from all of you who participated in our discussions as this revealed the practical concerns of many and the emotional attachment some have to the "little rectory." We have learned a great deal about the communication platforms that may be more effective in reaching ALL eligible voters in the future. We look forward to continued discussion over the next several months.
Cathy Underwood, Senior Warden &
Steve Adam, Junior Warden
Jen and I want to thank you for your support of this year's Giving Tree ministry. Thanks to your donations in the form of gifts, monetary support, and endless hours of shopping, tree-decorating, box-assembly, gift-wrapping, and truck-loading we successfully provided 37 needy Chicago families with Christmas gifts and grocery gift cards. We cannot thank you enough for your generosity and for the kind words of encouragement that you provided to us.
If you have not yet sent in your ReVive in-kind donation form, you are welcome to leave these with the church office, email them to me, or leave them in an envelope that will be placed on the Undercroft bulletin board Monday evening. Jen and I will send these to ReVive for you.
Again, many thanks and we look forward to continuing St. David's support of the ReVive Giving Tree ministry next year. Many thanks to Julie Howie for the picture - her behind
the scenes (and camera) support was invaluable!
Angela & Jen
Holiday Bakers - Keep Your Ovens Preheated!
Our annual Pre-Valentine's Day Bake Sale is scheduled after both services on February 10. What is your family's favorite dessert that everyone loves? Chocolate items are favorites but all varieties of baked goods will be gratefully accepted so a variety of tasty treats can be offered. So take a look at your left-over baking ingredients, pull out your favorite dessert recipes and plan to both bake and enjoy our homemade treats. All donations will be passed on to the Northfield Food Pantry.
SAVE THE DATE: PARTY HEARTY POT LUCK DINNER
The Pot Luck will be on Sunday, Feb. 10th at 5:30 pm. Meat will be provided. Bring a salad or side dish to share.
Free-will contributions will be donated to the Northfield Food Pantry
Download the 2019 Calendar now!
This is the framework approved by the Vestry at the December 2018 meeting. There is ample opportunity to add events. Click here to download a PDF of the calendar.
St. David's Book Group
On January 15 we will be reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult and on February 19 we will be reading Old Filth by Jane Garden. If it's too late for the Evangel can you put the information in the Sunday bulletin for the next few weeks?
Forum Schedule 2019 January & February
Jan 6: [Fellowship]
Jan 13: Surprised by Hope: N.T. Wright (2008). Session 1: Hope for the World
In Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, Anglican bishop N.T. Wright tackles the biblical question of what happens after we die and shows how most Christians get it wrong. We do not "go to" heaven; we are resurrected and heaven comes down to earth--a difference that makes all of the difference to how we live on earth. NT Wright takes on one of life's most controversial topics, a matter of life, death, spirituality, and survival for everyone living in the world today. (DVD and small group discussion)
Jan 20: Surprised by Hope: Session 2: The Hope of the Resurrection
Jan 27: [Fellowship]
Feb 3: Annual meeting
Feb 10: Surprised by Hope: Session 3: The Hope of Heaven
Feb 24: Surprised by Hope: Session 4: The Hope of Jesus Second Coming
Christmas Flowers 2018
Stephen & Ermoné Adam In memory Leslie, Dale & Jamie Andren In memory of Rory Andren
Brian & Susan Baxter Family In memory of Richard Baxter and Peggy Kegaly
Marilyn Berdick In memory of Frank and Ruby James and Clarence and Louise Berdick
Marland & Ruth Berdick In memory of our parents
Allen Bower & Jenn Meadows In memory of Molly
Patricia Breed Braun In memory of Bernard Paul Braun & Laura and Homer Breed
Betty Cazel In memory of Lyle Cazel
George & Donald Chandler In memory of our parents and grandparents
Rick & Kerry Cummings In memory of Jinny and Bob Donovan
Louise Curry In memory of Arnold Curry and loved ones
The Darr family In memory of Tim Allison and Tom Kaplan
James & Barb Dolphin In memory of our beloved family
Linné & Rachel Dosé In memory of Martin and Elizabeth Crow, Theo and Christian Dosé
Tom Frank & Bridget Carter In memory of ATF and JC
The Steve Gaumer Family In memory of Dr. & Mrs. William Blackwell, Bruce Blackwell, Bill & Shirley Chandler
Harold & Diane Haas In memory of Harold and Bernice Stebbins, Karen Petty, Harold Stebbins III, Mildred Hagen and Siv Webber
John & Pam Hultgren In loving memory of our parents
Graham & Susan Jackson In memory of Graham and Lois Jackson and Jerry and Gunny Greshorns
Phyllis Jannusch In memory of The Wolstenholme and the Jannusch families
John & Lyle Jorgenson In thanksgiving for family and friends
Rick & Bev Lindrooth In memory of loved ones
The Morrell Family In memory of family and friends
Lonn & Jan Myers In memory of our loved ones
Tim &Mary Ellen Neuman In memory of loved ones
Bonnie Prims In memory of Jim Prims and Jim Block
Eric Robison In thanksgiving for the life of Jane D. Robison
The Brian Robson Family In memory of loved ones
Wan & Joon Shin In memory of George Paik & Martha Choi
Rich Spantikow In memory of Lorraine Haas and Maxine Spantikow
The Topping Family In memory of loved ones
Guy & Sue Solazzo In memory of our parents and Mike and Rose Ann
Donald & Nancy Trespashko In memory of Phyllis and Walter Trepashko and Margy and Woell Elder
Al & Julie Wahout In memory of our loved ones
Glory Wiltjer Thanksgiving
The Wattley Family In memory of Marjorie and Jeffrey Nelson and Thomas and Lorraine Wattley
Karey & Brigid Williams In memory of Anne Marie Hampton