Bishop and Chapter News – February 2019

Bishop and Chapter met on Monday, 11 February 2019 with twelve members present. Minutes of the 21 January were adopted. An article, “Joyful Stewardship” by Linda Buskirk (Episcopal Church Foundation) was discussed. The Chapter agreed on the value of developing a stewardship statement to help guide a culture of joyful stewardship in the future

Business Arising

  • Road Home letter of intent - Cathedral intent to be involved as a partner has been expressed. Project awaiting news on federal government funding
  • By-Law update - completed, filed, distributed and posted to the web
  • Committee work plans - template created to be shared with members
  • Project 2045 - inaugural meeting held. Monthly meetings on the last Monday of the month will follow

From the Dean

Usual commitments maintained. Meeting re World Day of Prayer planning, chapter committees when possible, focus on annual reporting. With an intention of attending the conference of North American Deans in May, there may be a possibility of scheduling some vacation at a different time this year but will advise

For Decision

  • 2018 Financials- Kendra Patrick (Bringloe Feeney Accounting) was in attendance to review year end reports. Following review, the draft statements were approved and, with the management letter (review engagement report) will be included in the report to the 2019 Annual. This is the second year under review engagement so processes for clarity are still being modified
  • 2019 Budget - finalizing the budget. Questions about comparisons with 2018 budget actuals matching financials resulted in agreement on the need for some further investigation, which the treasurer will see to. regarding the accounting restricted funds used and issues of possible depreciation not recognized by budget numbers
  • Congratulations - to Kathleen Snow on election to the Board of Trustees of the Worldwide Mothers’ Union


2019 Annual Meeting - plans for Annual meeting reviewed


  • Nominating - progress on securing nominations is difficult
  • Administration and Finance - Diocesan Stewardship Officer Mike Briggs met with committee to discuss a draft giving policy and stewardship in general. A stewardship task group has been created. An automated external defibrillator to be purchased
  • Christian Formation - review of purpose and goals of the Family Faith Fiesta, “Do I Have to Kneel” event reported on website
  • Communications - continue with facilitating committee reports for Annual, maintaining social media and web communications
  • Welcoming and Hospitality - pilot of welcome initiative struggling for signups for welcomers. Taking the lead in planning for Annual meeting event
  • Property - Odell House sale preparation. An issue with the boiler at the Cathedral is being identified
  • Mission/Outreach - Monday morning dropin continues. Belize scholarships being administered. Dessert and Games 17 February to support Belize scholarships
  • Health and Pastoral Care - One pastoral visitor has stepped down. Service of Healing and Wholeness. 09 March, 5 p.m.


17 February - Dessert and Games Night
24 February - 10:30 a.m. worship, luncheon, Annual Meeting
03 March - World Day of Prayer
05 March Pancake Supper; 06 March - Ash Wednesday

Next meetings: 18 March; 13 May; 17 June



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