January 2001 Nativity newsletter)
Liz Stoner, a member of the Sola Dei
Gloria Memory Garden committee, told vestry members in December about a booklet that is
being prepared and a discussion ensued about the cost of interment.
The fee will be $500 for active or inactive members, $750 for former members and
$1,000 for other Christians.
Lois Johnson asked, "If I die
tomorrow, half of my ashes will be in Massachusetts and half will be here; do I get a cut
One person joked that people might say that she was only half here when she
However, those monies will go to an endowment which will provide permanent upkeep
of the garden.
Lois Johnson then presented names that would be sent to the
bishop for approval.
Those approved as Lay Eucharistic Visitors are Bob Haeffner, Gussie Haeffner, Nancy John Langdon,
Joanne Marino, Lois Johnson, Gary Bradshaw, Susan Bradshaw, Dick Wernick, Irene Wernick,
Ros Hall, Liz Stoner, Deborah Young and Debra Teahan.
Those approved as Lay Eucharistic Ministers are Duane Deuel, Linda Seehawer, Debra Teahan, Dick
Wernick, Liz Stoner, Candy Stott, Bob Haeffner, Gussie
Haeffner, Lois Johnson, Nancy John Langdon, Joe Schifano, Bill Stoner, Marcia Simington,
Deborah Young, Gary Bradshaw, Anna Haeffner and Joanne Marino.
Those approved to serve as lectors are Joanne
Marino, Karla Porter, Bob Haeffner, Gussie
Haeffner, Bob Halliday, June Carol Hines, Lois Johnson, Ray Kimmens, Bill Stoner, Linda
Seehawer, Liz Stoner, Deborah Young, Nicki Vance, Gary Bradshaw, Raymond Kow, Susan Kow, Millie Bennett, Anna Haeffner, Bob
Mostertz, Sharon Simington, Bruce Simington, Nancy John Langdon, Sharon Murphy, Doris
Stinebert, Joe Schifano, George Smith and Walter Maytham.
Father Jim mentioned that if any member
was having second thoughts about serving on the Vestry, this might be a good time to let
him know. He emphasized that he was not indicating that anyone should resign, but he
suggested that with seven people running for the Vestry and the election coming up later
in January, this was a safe period for anyone who wanted to refocus.
Deb Teahan reported that the people
participating in Winners Dinners have been shifted around so they could get to know other
people. Also, newcomers or winter visitors are being assigned as they express interest.
Jo Davidsmeyer said that Nativity's new
by-laws and inventory are in progress.
Assistant Treasurer Russ Housel
reported that our stewardship campaign was running 20 percent ahead of this time last
year. He also said that the church had 113 pledges last year and that we had already
But Father Jim reminded everyone that
the campaign is not over until the chubby rector sings.
Russ also said that some of the Diocesan assessments had been changed and that
Nativity's had increased seven percent. Father Jim said he would discuss some of these
adjustments at the next Diocesan Council meeting.
Joanne Marino suggested that parents
should take younger children to the bathrooms during church services. She also said that Father Ken and Marilyn Davis had some great ideas for Christian
Upcoming events include the Epiphany service on January 6, which will also mark the
ordination anniversaries for both Father Ken
and Father Jim. An Alpha Conference for team
members will be held at Sun City Center on January 8 & 9. The ALPHA course will start
at Nativity at 6:15 PM on February 7.
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 31 at 7:00 PM.
Ash Wednesday services will be held on
Other Vestry Reports:
2001 Vestry Candidates, Church of the Nativity
Vestry response to 2003 Convention of Bishops and Delegates of the Episcopal Church