Parish Leadership


St. Paul's Church in Brookline

Minutes of the Vestry Meeting

April 27, 2010


Present: The Rev. Jeffrey Mello, Rector, Steve Kelley, Senior Warden, Georgia Smith, Junior Warden, Bev Estes-Smargiassi, Treasurer, Steve Morrissey, Acting Clerk, Jeff Brown, Roger House, Elizabeth Laurencot, Jim Margolis, Fred Muehter, Madeleine Taylor, and Ginny Willcox.

The meeting opened at 7:30 p.m. with a prayer.


The agenda was approved.


The March minutes were approved.

Church Growth Theory

Jeffrey Mello described church growth theory, where St. Paul’s currently stands, and the direction in which we are moving.

Warden’s Report

Clinton Path is planning a 10’ sandbox structure in the rear play area. The building committee will review the plans.

Jim Santagati will begin as our new sexton on May 3, working Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings from 6 to 9, Saturday for two hours after 4, and Sunday from noon to 5. Walter Mucha will provide training.

Landscaping work will begin between the church and the rectory, as described in an e-mail message from the Buildings and Grounds Committee.

The new parish directory will be available by summer.         

Treasurer’s Report

The church’s financial situation is good, with increased pledges and plate offerings. We are taking less from the endowment than last year. Now that renovations are complete, we will assess utilities use and costs. Line-by-line treasurer’s reports will be distributed quarterly rather than monthly.

Parochial Report

The numbers of communicants and the church financials, operating and capital, were presented to the vestry, which voted to approve them, as revised, for the parochial report.

Rector’s Report

The diocesan Clergy Conference is scheduled for April 28 through 30.

It was agreed that the vestry item for the St. Paul’s Silent Auction will be a collection of movie DVDs. Each vestry member will contribute a favorite movie and the reasons it was chosen.

The Worship Committee is assessing the activities of Holy Week 2009.

Sacristy Update: an environmental cleaning service will be needed for the tower and the screened windows at the top. Until the tower has been cleaned, the sacristy will continue to operate from its temporary home in the chapel.

Upcoming Events

Walk for Hunger: interested parishioners will meet at the church at 7 a.m. or at the cathedral at 8 a.m. on May 2 and will walk from the Common to St. Paul’s, arriving in time for the 10 o’clock service.

The annual USPS letter carriers’ food drive is on May 8.  Help will be needed from 12:30 to 6:00 that afternoon to sort and store donations to the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry.

On May 9, Rogation Sunday, we will process around the boundaries of the church property.

The annual Silent Auction will be held on May 15. Contributions are encouraged.

Pentecost Ministry Fair (May 23): Elizabeth Laurencot is coordinating the service and the fair, which will take place in the Great Hall after the service, with a table for each program or ministry at St. Paul’s.

Youth Sunday (June 6)

Church Picnic (June 13)

Yard Sale (September 11)

Homecoming (September 12)


Jim Margolis distributed pledge statistics for 2009 and 2010, highlighting the substantial increase we have seen this year.

Parish Retreat

Madeleine Taylor described the Incarnation Center in Connecticut, where we propose to hold our parish retreat on October 22.

Children’s Steering Committee

Georgia Smith discussed the new church school curriculum for the lower grades, a Bible-based program that we will purchase. The curriculum for the youth group and the confirmation group is being explored. Teacher recruitment is the next task; six or more new volunteers are needed. Georgia plans to institute formation days for church school teachers.

The meeting closed at 9:15 with a prayer.

The next vestry meeting will be on Tuesday, May18, at 7:30 p.m. Mutual Ministry Review will be discussed.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Morrissey

Acting Clerk

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