VESTRY VIEW, JANUARY 22, 2020:
The Vestry’s turn at the Stewardship Rodeo has begun. At their meeting on Wednesday evening, January 15, members of your Vestry gallantly entered their first round of the Line Item Roping, Bucking Endowment Riding, and Budget Bull Riding competitions.
It wasn’t pretty.
Again and again, we tried to ride but were thrown to the ground. Try as we might, we could not tie down those slippery line items.
Budgeting is not for the faint of heart. The long-term financial challenge facing SsAM is sustainable financing. How can we continue our current ministries without depleting our endowment? How can we pay our program expenses without dipping into our savings every year?
More rounds in the Stewardship Rodeo are coming up. Another round will have taken place by the time you read this. The contestants are undaunted! We will look at each item in the budget and seek ways of increasing income and lowering expenses, which is the same thing you do with your household budget. The staff, bruised and bandaged, has already done this for the church budget. The Finance Committee members — Steven Jones, Bill Kaufmann, Sharon Leyhow, Charisse Rodgers, Drew Serres, and Janice Teemer — are nursing their battered limbs. Now it is the Vestry’s turn to ride in the Stewardship Rodeo. Pray for us!
Or better yet, join us! It is not too late. You can enter the competition! Let us show you the proposed budget. Listen to our discussions. Make your own suggestions. Simply reach out to any member of the vestry and we will give you a number; actually, many numbers! Put your financial skills to the test!
ArtSlam at SsAM
Thankfully, the vestry does more than ride and rope budgets. At our last meeting, Diane Streett and Sharon Bryant told us about ArtSlam at SsAM, a ministry to the local community that began with a suggestion from Canon Casson. Four times a year, local artists and performers are invited to present their work in our auditorium; everyone else is invited to enjoy the show. The next event is planned for Friday, February 21, 7-10pm. It will be called “C’mon. Let’s Dance!”. We are expecting a D.J., a Motown Revue, and dancing! Tickets are five dollars, with proceeds going from our Love Box to Friendship House. You are invited to attend. At future events, you are invited to present your art or performance. Right now, you are invited to join the ArtSlam Committee. Just find Diane, Sharon, and others in the kitchen on Sunday mornings.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Speaking of performances, vestry-member Norwood Coleman and his band, Vintage, performed at last year’s Shove Tuesday Pancake Supper to the delight of all and are coming back this year! Our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be on February 25 this year, hosted by the vestry. Take out meals will be available at 5:00 p.m. and the seated dinner will be from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Dan Caperton has already signed up to flip pancakes. You can flip, too! Chicken and green beans will also be served, no flipping involved. Price is $15/person. All are welcome! To sign up to help, contact Jenna Christy at email@example.com or 302 559-2830. There is also a sign-up sheet near the kitchen.
The next session of the vestry is Wednesday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. Come see the final events in the 2020 Stewardship Rodeo. See the budget wrapped up in a pretty bow!
Danny Schweers, Peggy Shane, and Dan Young
NOTE: This Vestry View article is our first of many. The SsAM Vestry wants to connect with you about the cantankerous issues it faces and the hopefully wise decisions it makes. We will be regularly sending the Vestry View out by email, posting it on the SsAM website and Facebook page, and including it in the Weekly Vision. We want your comments! Also, there is more on the SsAM website: the Rector’s report and the report on the Chris White Community Development Corporation.