Pastoral Council Minutes, September 21st, 2021:
Present: Elizabeth Amsberry, Joe Barber, Nathan Heitz, Phil Paladino, Father Doug Wathier, Wayne Green. Zoom: Elaine Lawler, Jenne Seward. Not present: Kris Dunkin, Trent Lockard
Finance Council – Sept 21, 2021
Present: Kelly Flege, Scott Danner, Joe Barber, Steve Phyfe, Fr Doug Wathier. Also present: Deacon Phil Paladino, Dixie Jacobs.
Monthly Financials: Offertory is doing well. More households are choosing to do larger gifts every few week. Approximately 40-45% of giving is through our auto-deposit or on-line option. This is up from 25% pre-pandemic. This has reduced the seasonal fluctuations. Scott made a motion to approve the financials; Kelly seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
Bequest: St Mary is the sole beneficiary of the bequest. An email will be sent out to finance members when we have an update.
Faith Formation Update: Registration is going well and numbers are only slightly below pre-pandemic levels. The first sessions had good attendance and participation. Registrations are still coming into the office.
NCYC will be this Nov. Due to the continued covid numbers, in addition to the required masks stated at the time of registration, participants who are not vaccinated will need to provide a negative test before departure, quarantine if they come into contact with someone with symptoms, or have symptoms themselves. Vaccinated participants will need to quarantine if they have symptoms during the event. Quarantined participants will need parents to pick them up as soon as possible. Partial refunds are available before the end of September; we have had several withdrawals. An update will be provided next month on the financial effect of this.
Phase 2 Building Update: The committee will meet with the architect by zoom on the 2nd Tues of each month at noon, and in-person on the 4th Tues of each month in the evening. A liaison from the finance council is needed for the phase 2 committee. Dixie will email out a request for a volunteer from the finance members. The fundraising feasibility letters are being reviewed.
Motion – Unrestricted Gifts: During the original building project for the current facility, the councils designated unrestricted gifts (memorials, bequests, etc) be applied to the building project/loan. The council discussed this for the current project. Kelly made a motion to apply all undesignated gifts to the building fund; subject to an annual review at the Aug meetings. Steve seconded the motion; the motion passed unanimously.
Agenda Oct: monthly financials, phase 2 update, bequest update, budgeted endowment withdrawal. Next meeting is Oct 19. Meeting adjourned.