Parish Leadership


St. Paul's Church in Brookline

Minutes of the Vestry Meeting

October 19, 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, and Ginny Willcox.

Not present:  Madeleine Taylor, Liz DeSelm

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


The agenda was approved.

Scriptural Study/Reflection

With three questions (How do you see God in the community of St. Paul’s? How do you imagine the community of St. Paul’s might see God in you? How does God want you to be a leader in this community right now?), we reflected on growing deeper in our community.

Rector’s Report

Jeff listed the memorable events and activities of the past month: the moveable feast, apple picking, altar guild training, blessing of the animals. Confirmation class, Hugh Jones funeral, weddings, seekers group, newcomers brunch, 3rd Sunday potlucks, and adult education series on margin.

The diocesan convention will be on November 6 at St. Stephen’s Lynn. Leah Rugen and Molly Lanzarotta will be our delegates. The parish retreat will be October 22 through 24; 26 families consisting of 80 people are expected to participate.

There is a new photocopier in the church office. The landscaping of the church and rectory grounds was completed today. We are obtaining quotes on disinfecting and repairing the bell tower and looking into a possible insurance claim.

Jeff asked that as the congregation grows, vestry members become familiar with their shepherd lists, paying attention to who’s in church and what’s happening in people’s lives. (Eli Laurencot will provide updated shepherd lists.)

Warden’s Report

The Buildings and Grounds committee will meet on October 25th to prioritize needs. The Budget committee will meet on October 28th to begin to develop a programmatic budget. 

Treasurer’s Report

Bev is working on the 3rd quarter report and the delegation of some tasks.

Stewardship Report

The 2010 stewardship season will begin on October 31st with a stewardship sermon, will continue on November 7th and 14th, and will culminate in Ingathering Sunday on November 21st. There will be testimonials each week, and on November 14th the committee will be available at coffee hour to answer questions. As last year, two letters will be sent to parishioners over the next four weeks, highlighting the theme “with God all things are possible.”

Bishop’s Visit

Bishop Cederholm will visit St. Paul’s on December 5th, meeting with newcomers at 9:00, participating in the service at 10:00, and joining a festive coffee hour at 11:00 and a vestry lunch at noon (a potluck that Ginny Willcox will coordinate).

Capital Appeal Celebration

We hope in early January to celebrate the successful conclusion of the capital appeal, probably with an evening event involving everyone who participated in the campaign, including the consultant, George and Margie Chapman, and Pam Werntz and Joy Howard. We expect the memorial book to be up to date and memorials to be installed by that time. Steve Kelley will assemble before and after photos, and Ginny Willcox will organize the evening event.

Nominating Committee

The nominating committee was commissioned: Steve Kelley (chair), Eli Laurencot, Jim Margolis, and Steve Morrissey.

The meeting closed at 9:15 with a prayer.

The next vestry meeting will be on Tuesday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Morrissey

Acting Clerk

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