News from St. Mark’s Vestry
Dear Members of St. Mark’s,
My wife, Donna, and I returned a week ago to Florida after spending five months in Minnesota. As soon as I visited the St. Mark’s Campus, I was struck with how great everything looks. The buildings have been freshly painted, the Parish Hall roof has been repaired, the landscaping along Collier Blvd has been cleaned up, the islands in the parking lot have been re-rocked, the Parish Hall and Kitchen have been totally cleaned, the Sacristy and the altar area look great following the repairs needed by the major water leak, there are new metal doors at the main entrance to the Church, the Church Office has been beautifully remodeled and much more. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard this summer to make all of the above happen. Special thanks go to Tom and Cathy Weis, Joanne Moe, Jessica and their hard working teams. I also had the pleasure of meeting our new Family Ministries Director, John Cleveland. We are blessed that he has chosen to join our Parish staff.
Your Vestry met on October 17 for our regularly scheduled meeting. The following are brief summaries of important reports and actions.
Jessica reported that the Strategic Road Map developed by the Strategic Road Map Team had been positively reviewed by the Vestry. There was a formal vote to accept it. The Road Map will soon be mailed to all members of the Parish for review and comment.
A 2020 Annual Giving Team has been formed and is starting to meet with Jessica and make plans for the 2020 Annual Giving Campaign.
Budget planning for 2020 has begun. A true cost accounting approach will be used so that each ministry can be financially accountable.
Jessica, John and Annette Fodor, and Kevin Fitzgerald represented St. Mark’s at the annual Southwest Florida Episcopal Diocese Convention in October. Jessica was elected to the Commission on Ministry and the Bishop’s Council.
Junior Warden’s Report
Tom Weis reported on all the building and grounds projects that have been recently completed and how they were funded. He also reported projects that are now in the planning stage.
Treasurer’s Report and Finance Committee Reports
Treasurer, Durell Buzzini, reported that expenses and income are on track for a successful closing of 2019’s books. Restricted funds will be put in a separate checking account from the Operating Funds checking account.
In the near future, you will receive your third quarter pledge statement with a letter from me. Please review both documents.
The Finance Committee and Treasurer presented a new policy that describes St. Mark’s two Reserve Funds: Capital Reserve Fund for projects that can be capitalized and a General Reserve Fund for important repairs and maintenance not covered by the annual Operating Fund. The policy also addresses the need to annually replenish St. Mark’s Reserve Funds, protect the Funds from being spent on other than their intended purposes and protect the Funds from being quickly and completely spent. A motion was made and passed unanimously by the Vestry.
The next Vestry Meeting will be on November 21.
If you have questions, comments or would like to discuss any of the above please contact me, Jessica or any member of the Vestry.
Doug Eichten, Senior Warden