Bishop and Chapter News – Oct 2017



Bishop and Chapter met on Monday, 16 October 2017 with twelve of thirteen members present. Minutes of 18 September 2017 were adopted. The Dean led a brief study of the Gospel from the previous Sunday lectionary (Matthew 22:1-14). Those invited to the wedding banquet rejected the gracious invitation. Others took it lightly. Many are called, few are chosen.

Cathedral / Diocesan Properties Update

Bishop Edwards offered a concise update on progress with ongoing deliberations of the ad hoc Committee. To date, several meetings with City officials, several meetings of the ad hoc group and others. Next steps include verifying that a project as envisioned is viable and executing an engagement process with “the community” (congregation, neighbourhood, City and Diocese) with the goal of obtaining support, input and guidance. Our location makes this a sensitive endeavour.

Business Arising

Cathedral Trust Funds/Endowments - Justice Ron Stevenson, with the assistance of Bruce Eddy QC, were engaged by Administration and Finance Committee to review the history and current status. An exhaustive and extensive report was returned in September with sincere thanks. Report received for the Chapter’s consideration. Recommendations arising to be discussed at next meeting.
Cathedral By-Laws - a 3rd draft of proposed changes circulated
Financial Audit - Decision item below
Stipend of the Dean - to be addressed prior to 2018
Chapter Vacancy - Hospitality/Welcoming. A committee chair is currently a high priority need

Items for Decision

1. Financial Audit- motion carried to engage the firm of Bringloe Feeney LLP to conduct a review engagement on 2017 financials, 22-26 January 2018 with report to the Chapter and the Annual Meeting

From the Dean

• Normal - 8 home visits, 4 visits to hospital, 1 funeral, 16 diocesan and Cathedral meetings
• Hospitality/Welcoming - our lack of protocol and process for welcoming new-comers and their assimilation needs to be of concern. The lack of an individual to lead this ministry as a member of the Chapter is significant to congregational health and growth

Reports

Treasurer - financials to 30 September presented and considered. Income and expenses are both below amounts budgeted. If we continue close to budget on both, a year-end deficit is unlikely
Communications - 2 minutes for Cathedral ministry being scheduled. Lawn sign replacement in progress.
Health and Pastoral Care - up-coming events include a health information session, Fit Club restart
Worship - Reading Scripture in Public - 28 October
Christian Formation - Godly Play, Life in the Eucharist, Taize worship
Property - considering options for restoration of Cathedral south doors. Insulation over choir room and sacristy pending
Mission Outreach - mission to Belize a current emphasis. Monday outreach continues
Administration and Finance - Safe Church volunteer position descriptions and forms for volunteers to be tabled for the Chapter’s approval in November. Records management review continues

Up-coming

Medley Poems by Robert Hawkes Book Launch and Evensong - 05 November; Baptism preparation begins this week

Next meetings:

20 November; 11 December; 22 January. Annual 25 February 2018

GMH

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