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(Mission Committee)

(From March, 1999 Nativity newsletter)

Russ Housel gave his first treasurer's report and said that Nativity's financial picture was still in the transitional stage, but that former treasurer Ray Kimmens had been a big help. Russ added that the income was high in December, but pointed out that there were five Sundays during that month, and that won't happen again until May. He also asked that people add more background information when they turn in bills to be paid.

Father Jim announced that he has recommended Jabbo Gordon as the new Bishop's Warden, replacing Dick Wernick who served his full term. The committee then re-elected Bruce Simington as the Junior Warden. Members then chose Jabbo and Bob Halliday as delegates to the annual Diocesan Convention, which will be at Punta Gorda in October. Millie Bennett and Anna Haeffner were selected as alternates. If, as hoped, the mission becomes a parish, we will be allowed one more delegate and another alternate. Karla Porter and Nancy John Langdon will fill those spots if we do. "Everyone should try to be at the convention because we will be admitted," Father Jim said.

The other mission committee members and their commissions are: Joanne Marino, Christian Formation; Bob Halliday, Mission Administration; Nicki Coffaro, Outreach and Extra-parish Ministries; Lois Johnson, Worship; Duane Deuel, Fellowship and Intra-parish Ministries; Anna Haeffner, Hospitality and Evangelism; and Charles Bohrer, Stewardship and Finance,

Duane, Anna and Charles are the new members. Duane replaces Nicki on the Fellowship Commission because she is taking the place of Joe Schifano as Outreach Cmmissionrt. Joe completed his term on the Mission Committee. Anna takes over the Hospitality Commission from Jabbo, and Charles moves into the Financial Commission, replacing Ernie Lohmann who ended his term.

Newly assigned commissioners will meet with Father Jim to discuss their responsibilities, and he expressed a hope that all members could get up to speed with their commissions as soon as possible.

Father Jim read thank you letters to the committee and the church from himself, Karla and Elly Freyer. He also reported that the Open Hands pledge drive had 74 pledges worth $122,637 so far, and that was 93 percent of the pledge cards sent out. "I think the campaign is going well," Father Jim said. "I think we will have a great year."

The Lenten series will be on Wednesdays, beginning at 7:00 PM, Soup suppers will be offered, starting at 6:15, according to the vicar. On March 10, however, we will join other churches at a special service at St. Wilfred's.

Stations of the Cross services will be on Fridays, commencing at 5:30. Dudley Callendar and Joe Hankinson, who have contributed so much in the way of carpentry skills around the church, have built new wooden Stations of the Cross for the Memorial Garden.

Father Jim announced that a Planned Giving Conference was slated for Church of the Redeemer on March 5-6. Cursillos are set for March 18-21 and 25-28 at DaySpring.

Mission Committee members also voted to spend $100 to send our youth group to Youth Explosion Saturday at St. Mary's in Tampa. They also agreed to buy special hymnals at a cost of $450.

Members restored $5,000 to the Memorial Fund and voted to contribute $250 to the Dominican Republic mission. They sanctioned a $15 per week ad in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, if the Saturday services are included in the ad, and they will pay for six more choir robes for the hand chimers. March 14 will be the United Thank Offering and Nativity hopes to focus on Manatee Community College this time.

The vicar commented that Nativity is involved in a lot of different things, and percentage wise, we do very well, when you consider our relatively small size. "We have gained a reputation for giving, and that's good," he said.

Nancy John Langdon announced that she is studying and working toward the possibility of ordination. She asked the Mission Committee for their prayers and support.

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