Approved Vestry Meeting  Minutes

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Benicia

Tuesday, September 17 @ 6:30 PM



Call to Order: The September 17, 2019 Vestry meeting was called to order at 6:31 by Rev. Annie Mertz


Present:  Heather Healy, Barbara Jewell, Charlie Kilbourne, Del Baker-Medlock, (Treasurer), Yann Jouvenot-Sells, Rev. Annie Pierpoint Mertz (Rector),  Ken Nowinski, ,Mark Sally, David White, Betsy Zampa (Clerk), Giovanna Zampa (Youth advisor)

Absent:  Kim Rodekohr, Bill Smiglewski

Ken began the meeting with a meditation from a Cursillo retreat he attended.   


Consent Calendar


Minutes – A motion was made by Yann  and  seconded by Barbara to approve the minutes of August’s Vestry meeting.  Motion passed.


Treasurer’s Report  –   A review was made of the Treasurer’s report and it was decided that corrections need to be made before approval.  The Vestry members will either review and vote upon the August treasurer’s report via email during the month or will review it at the October 15th meeting.



Special Reports/Discussion Items

Garden Party Review – The Garden Party was very successful with a net income of $8568.80.  Thanks to all involved for their hard work. It was decided that a fall fundraising event is desirable.  The Vestry should begin planning in February for a September event.


Pledge Drive 2019 – Annie announced it is her intention to start on the 2020 Pledge Drive by mid-October. She’s identified and confirmed a few folks who will help with the campaign.


            Mark Sally – Vestry liaison

            Pat Morgan – Grateful Glad and Giving

            Betsy and Giovanna Zampa – video


The pledge card will be re-worked to include the addition of pledging a party. Annie will so a sermon series on stewardship and ask that our seminarian, Grace, preach one of the stewardship sermons.


Take me out to the Ballgame discussion – The priorities identified by the vestry were as follows: youth ministry, adult education and leadership. 


Each vestry member identified which ministry to which he/she felt called. Each agreed to meet with other vestry members over the next month to talk about said ministry and report back at the October meeting.


            Youth – Ken, Mark,  Yann

            Adult Ed – Barbara, David, Giovanna

            Leadership – Annie, Betsy, Charlie, Heather



Call for Adjournment – Barbara called for adjournment.  Ken seconded.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:57 pm.




Betsy Zampa, Clerk of the Vestry