Vestry Minutes for June of 2020

Approved Vestry Meeting Minutes via Zoom

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Benicia

June 16 @ 6:30

Next Meeting: July 21 @ 6:30



Call to Order: The June 16, 2020 Vestry meeting was called to order at 6:35 pm by the Rev. Annie Mertz.


Present: Jorge Castaneda, Cathy Cellini, Heather Healy, Charlie Kilbourne, Helen Kennedy Lazar, Yann Jouvenot Sells, Rev. Annie Pierpoint Mertz (Rector), Ken Nowinski, Kim Rodekohr,  Art Schipper (Acting Treasurer) David White, Betsy Zampa (Clerk), Giovanna Zampa (Youth advisor) Anne Seed (guest)


The Rev. Annie opened the meeting with prayer. 


Consent Calendar


Approval of May 2020 Vestry Minutes – the minutes were corrected to reflect that Ken Nowinski was present at the May meeting, the spelling of Helen Kennedy-Lazar’s name was corrected and it was noted that Art Schipper agreed to be interim Treasurer.  A motion was made by Dave White to approve the  May  2020  Vestry minutes as corrected.  Helen Kennedy-Lazar seconded the motion.  Passed unanimously.


Approval of the May Treasurer’s report – Ken Nowinski made a motion to accept the May Treasurer’s report. Yann Jouvenot Sells seconded the motion.  Motion passed unanimously.


Rector’s Report –  See attached

Sr. Warden’s report – Yann reported that he and Rev. Annie have been meeting separately with the Finance Committee. 

Yann also reported that the St. Paul’s Historic Trust had made the difficult decision to cancel the Peddlers’ Fair for 2020 due Covid 19 and concern for the safety of our congregants, vendors and the public. 

Jr. Warden’s Report – Kim reported that Bay Alarm had installed the new alarm system.

Kim stated that she had been informed by Bill’s Lawn Service that the tree near the rectory needs to be trimmed because the leaves are filling up the roof gutters of the rectory.

There is dry rot in the bell tower.

Kim will be in touch with Tom about perhaps getting the SSP kids to paint inside the rectory.

Re-Opening Progress

St. Paul’s Benicia Church Readiness Survey Review – The Vestry reviewed and approved a survey that will be going out to all congregants regarding reopening.   Rev. Annie will have the Worship Committee take a look at it as well and it will go out via email and US Mail. 

Call for Adjournment


Kim made a motion to adjourn. Charlie seconded the motion.  The June 2020 Vestry meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.



Betsy Zampa