FUTURE EVENTS IN OUR PARISH:
Dec. 3 Lessons and Carols, Holy Nativity 5:00 P.M.
Dec. 11 Advent Concert, Christ the King 3:00 P.M.
Dec. 15 Vestry Meeting, CTK Parish House, 9:00 A.M.
Dec. 24 CTK Christmas Eve candlelight Service at 2:00 P.M.
Dec. 24 HN Christmas Eve candlelight Service at 5:00 P.M.
Dec. 25 CTK Christmas Day Service at 9:30 A.M.
LESSONS AND CAROLS: The Service of Lessons and Carols will be held at Holy Nativity on Saturday December 3 at 5:00 PM. This service will be in place of our usual worship service, and the Eucharist will not be celebrated. The service will be open to the public.
LESSONS AND CAROLS RECEPTION: We are planning a simple and safe reception to follow our Lessons and Carols service at Holy Nativity at 5 PM on December 3rd. We will need individual snacks and desserts, as well as wine, and non-alcoholic beverages. If you would like to contribute, please call Joanne at (920-839-2307) by Monday November 28.
ADVENT CONCERT: The Advent Concert of Sacred Music will be held at Christ the King on Sunday afternoon December 11 at 3:00 PM. The service will be open to the public. A free will offering will be taken to assist with costs for the event.
LET’S SAVE THOSE HOLIDAY BUCKS! Tadych’s Market (formerly Econo Foods) is awarding customers with “Holiday Bucks” again. We will have a collection place in the back of each church if you would like to donate yours to the CAP Food Pantry.
CAP PANTRY UPDATE AND REQUESTS: It is definitely Fall and with it, reduced hours for many working in the service industry.
The number of families served by the pantry is steadily increasing. Looking at the shelves, there is a need for tuna and tuna helper. The pantry would like to provide some holiday foods for families: please think about adding items such as pumpkin and Jiffy pie crust mix, cranberry sauce, dried gravy mixes, and packages of dried dressing and/or potatoes.
PRAYER REQUESTS: The prayer intentions for the sick and deceased will be cleared beginning the first weekend of Advent. Please put recent intentions on the new sheets at each church. If there is someone you would like added before the service, contact the church office by email email@example.com or call (743-3286) Thank you.
UNITED THANK OFFERING: The fall gathering of this offering is underway and will be collected through this month. Envelopes for cash offerings can be found at the back of the church, or you can write a check and designate it for UTO. This offering is distributed to support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in the provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world.
We are seeking a volunteer to take over the UTO task. Contact the church office for more information. (743-3286)
DIRECTORY ADDRESS CHANGES:
The Rev. James & Lin Biegler 211 E. Carrington Ln. Appleton, WI 54913
Richard & Katie LaViolette 428 N. 17th Dr. Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Please notify the church office if you have recently changed your address. Thank you. (743-3286)
FORWARD DAY BY DAY BOOKLETS: Booklets for November/December 2022/January 2023 are available at each church and in the plastic bin outside the church office.
Church of Christ the King and Holy Nativity Vestry Meeting Thursday October 27, 2022
Senior Warden Tim Graul, Junior Warden Challoner Brown, Junior Warden Dale Logan, John Witteborg, Joanne Ator, Cori McFarlane and Bunny Hagen Vestry clerk participated in the meeting at Holy Nativity. Excused: Fr. Olin Sletto, Gwen Larson, Katie LaViolette, Treasurer, Dawn DiCarlo administrative assistant.
1. Senior Warden Tim Graul opened the meeting at 9:37am with the Lord’s prayer.
2. No guests, visitors or congregation input.
3. Motion by Dale Logan to accept the agenda as revised, John Witteborg seconded, motion passed.
4. Cori McFarlane moved to accept the minutes of the September 22, 2022 meeting, Joanne Ator seconded. Motion passed.
5. Treasurer’s Report
5.1 Written Treasurer’s report was reviewed. Balance sheet and income expense form available. Senior Warden Tim Graul expressed serious concern for the gap between income and expenses for the current period as well as year to date. Income is not keeping up with expenses as reflected in the -$18,000 compared to what was budgeted. The budget worksheet for this year revealed potential $123,000 in expenses and $99,000 in expected revenue. Tim warns that the direction we are headed as a congregation is not sustainable.
5.2 Questions regarding the operating account and Colburn music fund proceeds are deferred with more input from treasurer needed. Joanne Ator moved to accept the report with questions pending. Seconded by Challoner Brown. Motion passed.
6. Senior Warden’s Report
6.1 Stewardship committee will convene tentatively next week to begin planning for our campaign. Tim, Fr. Olin, Katie and Dawn will spearhead our effort to inform and renew a commitment from our members. Challoner will help with a personal testimony to each congregation and a letter to all members will reinforce our goals. Cori pointed out that new members are often not clear about expectations for giving and guidance would be helpful. Discussion regarding the content of the stewardship letter followed. Joanne suggests that a specific percentage increase may help members as they decide their pledge, and a prayerful approach is a foundation for giving.
6.2 Tim has suggestions for Fr. Olin regarding services for the upcoming holidays.
Thanksgiving: join a community service if available
Christmas Eve: one service, no service on Christmas day
Easter: to include the Saturday night vigil
These suggestions were made with the intent of creating more opportunities for both congregations to worship together. Debate followed. Most felt that more services rather than fewer should be offered. The ideas will be shared with Fr. Olin upon his return.
6.3 Diocesan Convention this weekend will convene in Oneida. Cori and Challoner will represent us there. Topics surround the merger of the 3 dioceses into one and the
logistics related to make that happen, and discussion of the Episcopal Church’s position on abortion.
6.4 Improving Communication: Tim initiated discussion on ways to unite our two congregations. Ideas such as Circle suppers, small groups of members sharing food and ideas in a home setting, will be spearheaded by Challoner.
Restart fellowship hour monthly after services beginning the weekend in November.
Add financial trends and information to the newsletter.
7. Junior Warden’s Report
7.1 CTK: Dale reports the following:
Front doors are installed. Invoice from Van Caster Construction LLC for a balance of $6045, after deduction for items charged to Door County Hardware which will be invoiced less sales tax directly to the church was received. The vestry questions the cost of the painting at $1125 when the initial estimate was $450. Dale will discuss with Mark Van Caster since no reason given from the painter as to the increase. Dale moved that we pay the balance less the $650 for painting difference until the painting cost is adjusted. Seconded by Challoner. Motion passed.
Tree removal: work completed by Joe Bittdorf, who left the site incredibly clean.
Accessible Project Update: A meeting with Keller Builders is scheduled for November 8, 2022 to review progress on the planning and cost estimate. John would like the plan to include a long range use of the parish house and necessary changes to update the space for potential future use as a rectory. Discussion followed. Group agrees to approach the
builder with this additional idea.
CTK hearing loop has been repaired.
Asbestos Testing: It is confirmed that we have asbestos in our current flooring at CTK and one abatement estimate is $15,400. Further work in the area of understanding all building codes both state and local needs to happen as well as additional estimates. The goal would be to wrap the cost into the total estimate from the builder.
The furnace was last serviced January 2021. Dale asked if we want to go to an annual service agreement or as needed service. Vestry believes that an annual agreement may be more cost effective. Dale plans to seek 2 more estimates for service in addition to Eagle Mechanical.
Fall clean-up scheduled for November 19, 2022. Dale’s son’s car is garaged at the parish house. New keys for the new front church door have been distributed for those authorized.
Evangelism: John will refresh the welcome packets for new visitors and make available at each building.
7.2 Holy Nativity:
Tree removal: the lawn and snow service man Bruce Ohman is interested in removing dead trees in exchange for the wood. Joanne will approach Frank Pammer and mark trees for removal.
External sign: Ron Schulz has worked with Tim to finalize a design for the Holy Nativity sign to be hung from the front lamppost, double sided and approximately 25 by 18 inches. Cost is quoted at $291.84 with a ten year warranty. Joanne moved to approve. Challoner seconded. Motion passed.
Septic report to be filed by Seidl septic service. Challoner to verify that it has been done.
8. Vicar’s Report
9. Old Business
None 10.1 Video recording the Service: Gwen reports nothing new to report. Her son will assess our equipment needs before the next vestry meeting.
Next meeting is scheduled for November 17, 2022, 9:00am at Christ the King
Respectfully submitted by Bunny Hagen, Vestry Clerk.