Parish Voice April 2015

“God’s Song”

The Easter Sermon, a professor once said, should be sung.

There are three basic verses to the Resurrection song:

1. Recognition – the heart is open to knowing Jesus is not dead but alive. He has not perished but is present. And this Risen One, this Light of the World, the power of the universe, knows my name.

2. Go! Leave the tomb and don’t be tempted to cling to old versions of God and life.

3. Tell the others.

I felt Resurrection last Saturday. I felt it in my body. I was at a MenAlive! concert. These concerts for me are always a marvel of amazing musical energy due in part to the brilliant leadership of their artis-tic director, our own Bob Gunn, and the hearts of those singing. To be in the presence of so many souls singing so openly and joyfully is enough to blast you out of your seat, men who not long ago could not have risked performing in public together.

They sang a resurrection song.

“We cannot be killed.

We are marvelously made.

We are Alive.”

But there is more.

They tell the others. They want those who may be living in darkness to come out into the light. They sing to them, do not be afraid, you are not alone, you are gift.

For me it is almost too beautiful to bear.

“Jesus does not come to appease God. Jesus comes to teach us how to live a life that makes us worthy of the God who made us. Jesus comes to show us what we ourselves can be, must be. Jesus comes so that we can come to be everything we were created to be, whenever our lives, wherever our efforts, whatever our circumstance: shining glory of human degradation.” –Chittister

May you hear God’s song in your heart this Easter.

Rev. Elizabeth+

The Parish Voice April 2015

Vestry Minutes March 22, 2015

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Laguna Beach

Vestry Minutes – March 22, 2015

Present: The Rev. Elizabeth Rechter, Jorge Cortes, Kathleen Dapper, Tom Davis, Leslie Derrick, Shanna George, Chris Gilbertson, Mary Hill, Donna Phillips, David Rhea, Nancy Sellas, Larry Spang.

Absent: Ed Merrilees

Also Present: Dick Swintek

Donna Phillips, Senior Warden, opened the meeting at 12:05 pm.

Senior Warden’s Report – Donna Phillips

1) Retreat Follow-up/Discernment Committee

Nancy Sellas reported 17 attended the retreat and it was well received and inspiring. Donna

requested Leslie Derrick to develop a survey for the congregation based on one or two ideas

from the retreat.

2) Amazon Smile has established a way to contribute to non profits with online sales. Kathleen

Dapper and Jorge Cortes will investigate procedures to qualify St. Mary’s for this opportunity.

Financial Reports – Kathleen Dapper, Treasurer

1) Operating and Income Expenses for February 2015:

Pledge Income Total Income Total Op. Expenses

2015 February – Actual $17,439 $18,829 $25,803

2015 February – Budget $22,527 $24,298 $27,880

2) Facilities Usage

Vestry members received a packet March 18, 2015 and need time to review. Finance

Committee has discussed the packet. Tom Davis has received a proposed contract

prepared by Tim Carlyle and will review it before the next Finance Committee meeting. Insurance

for non member events needs further discussion and consideration.

3) Revised 2015 Budget

Finance Committee approved revisions to 2015 budget at meeting March 19, 2015. Chris

Gilbertson moved the revised 2015 be approved ; seconded by Tom Davis.

Motion carried.

Resurrection Garden Status

Cost of total project $36,605.85

Net income for project $34,105.99

Net income available $00.14

Plans have been made to raise funds for the remaining balance owed, $2,499.86.

Rector’s Report – The Rev. Elizabeth Rechter

1) Parochial Report

Copies provided. Required annual report for all parishes. Submitted to the national

church as well as the diocese. Categories used and methods of compiling information


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Vestry Minutes Continued March 22, 2015

Rector’s Report Continued:

2) Mission Share Pledge

Mission Share Pledge includes letter explaining St. Mary’s share for 2015 is based on

financials from 2013-2014. Tom Davis made a motion to approve the Mission Share

Pledge for 2015; seconded by Jorge Cortes. Motion carried.

3) Holy Week

Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 pm will include a supper representing the Last

Supper and the service will move to the sanctuary for the final part of the service.

Good Friday services 12:00 noon and 7:00 pm. Easter services at 5:30 am and 10:30 am.

4) Vacation

A supply priest will serve April 6-11 while Rev. Elizabeth is on vacation.

Junior Warden’s Report – Mary Hill

1) Stained Glass Window

Stained glass window above the front church doors has been repaired and is

scheduled for reinstallation March 23.

2) Garden Area Refreshment

Plans to refresh the garden area adjacent to the ruins are being formulated. Safety and

ease of transition are major goals as well as beautification. A memorial bench, pavers

and plants will be installed. Railings and fencing will be repaired or added as required.

ECW is partnering in this project including funding to cover costs.

3) Office Space for Creative Identity

The lower office in the cottage will be used for office space by Creative Identity.

Old Business

1) Walkabout with Bishop Diane Bruce scheduled for April 16. Vestry members are

invited to participate.

2) ECW Bake Sale will be held Palm Sunday immediately following both morning services.

3) Website – David Rhea

Continuing to work with Rev. Elizabeth on simplifying website. New system will

permit greater flexibility. Music and sermons will be transferred to podcasts.

St. Mary’s owns three domains.

New Business

1) Third Annual “Wear a Hat on Easter”

Need volunteers to underwrite event.

Dates to Remember

Sunday, March 29 – Palm Sunday (ECW Bake Sale)

Thursday, April 2 – Maundy Thursday

Friday, April 3 – Good Friday

Sunday, April 5 – Easter – Hats! Hats! Hats!

Thursday, April 16 – Bishop Diane Bruce Walkabout

Sunday, April 26 – Vestry Meeting

Saturday, June 13 – Stewardship Conference – St. Cross, Hermosa Beach

Senior Warden Donna Phillips closed the meeting with prayer. Meeting adjourned at 1:35 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Claudia Mellin, Clerk of the Vestry