Vestry Minutes April

Episcopal Church of Transfiguration Mesa, AZ

Meeting Minutes

April 14, 2020


  1. Call to order

The meeting was called to Order by Fr. Bob Saik.

  1. Roll call

The following vestry members were in attendance: Pat Gutsch (2020), Gordon Noyes (2020), Heidi Kinney (2021), Pam Mack (2021), Catherine Schuyler (2021), Jo Laslo (2022), Karl Shepsted (2022), Bob Wilk (2021). Also in attendance were Bob Saik, Rector; Lynn Graff, Senior Warden, and Pat Mack, Junior Warden.

  • Approval of Minutes: The minutes of the March 10, 2020 meeting were approved.
  1. Financial Financial Reports (previously distributed) were discussed.
    1. The Finance Committee has met.
    2. The Financial Reports will be revised and distributed for approval by email.
    3. Issues to be resolved include Electrical and Refuse Expense and some bookkeeping issues.
  2. Reports from Ministries and Others:
    • Women’s Ministry Report was given by Jo Laslo.
      • ECW is not currently meeting.
      • The Style Show has not been rescheduled.
      • When the stay at home order has been lifted the ECW will proceed with the purchase of First Aid Kits as authorized in the March Vestry Meeting.
    • There was no Children’s Ministry Report.
    • The Chile Farm report was submitted in writing.
    • Social Media Report was given Fr. Bob Saik
      • The church is using all its online platforms to continue our services ad programs. These include YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Web Page.
      • We have added Zoom as a platform.
      • The following were acknowledged for their contributions: Dea Podhajsky, Cheryl Podhajsky, Dana Wittmann, Gordon Noyes. Elena Little, Peter Lafford, and Jan Saik
    • Junior Warden’s Report was given by Pat Mack
      • Landscaping work has been ongoing.
        • Spot Spraying of grounds
        • Bushes Trimmed
        • Weeds in back removed
        • Clean up of waste around campus
      • Walt Devonshire has been painting.
    • Senior Warden’s Report was given by Lynn Graff
      • Daughters of the King has completed its training. The formal ceremony for new members will be scheduled when possible.
      • The Soup Kitchen is still operating.
      • Susan Smith-Allen has organized a phone tree to keep parishioners informed of events and to check on people’s welfare.
    • Rector’s Report was given by Fr Bob Saik
      • The Deanery is meeting via Zoom/
      • We are currently staying in touch by recorded services, Zoom Services and the phone tree.
      • Peter Lafford has been recording our services. He has a videography business. In lieu of payment for his services he has requested any fee be donated to the discretionary fund.
      • Bishop Reddell has extended the ban on in person services until May 25th.
      • Plans for the sabbatical are on hold.

We qualify for a small business loan from the federal government under the Paycheck Protection Program

  1. Open Issues
    • WiFi Capability Update by Heidi Kinney
      • A new box has been installed by the office.
      • A separate WiFi system has been created for the church.
      • We have received an free upgrade for the month from Cox.
    • Million Meals Update
      • There has been a $1,000 donation to this ministry.
      • Grants have been made to the following food banks: Oasis Food Pantry in Payson, Silver Creek Senior Center in Snowflake and Taylor, Desert Manna Food Pantry in Mesa, Gila Commmunity Food Bank in Globe and Old Concho Community Association in Concho
    • Diocesan Rebate Money
      • There is $3,100 available
      • The following suggestions were made.
        • A celebration with flyers in the neighborhood for the resumption of our children’s programs.
        • Using money to support vets. A committee consisting of Catherine Schulyer, Barbara Turner, Pat Mack and Karl Shepsted will research and make recommendations for possible recipients.
        • Food Programs
        • Adopt a Grandparent Program in Mesa
        • Vacation Bible School
      • Adjournment

Fr. Bob Saik adjourned the meeting.

Minutes submitted by:  Dea Podhajsky


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