Parish Council Meeting - Church of the Holy Trinity
July 21, 2015
In attendance were Father Jonathan, Mark Cush, Dave Weiland, Paula Cush, Mark Capuano, Rick Christ , Amy Rowland, and Jo Ann Yost. Cathy Morris, Rick Cercone, Father Jeff, and Deacon Lyn were absent. Mark Cush opened in prayer, and the June meeting minutes were approved. Mark Cush explained to us the new meeting agenda format, which will help keep us on track and moving forward.
Committee Reports :
The Building Committee is preparing to reconvene in August, and progress toward the new Church building, is anticipated at that time.
Finance Council Update
Dave Weiland updated us on recent progress, as we reviewed balance sheets for the 2014-15 fiscal year. We showed a positive cash balance for the year, exceeding the revenues from our Spring fund raisers. This represents a major accomplishment, and meets a goal which we had only hoped to achieve next year! It will certainly be seen as a major positive by the diocese, which is considering giving us the green light toward our Church building efforts. The new budget looks good, and should be ready to review and send to Columbus after our August meeting.
The Finance Council is currently interviewing candidates for two open positions at this time. They have also asked us to prepare a list of topics and ideas for Fr. Jonathan to address and clarify from the pulpit during future Sunday Mass announcements.
Worship: Jo Ann suggested one topic for review is to ask for volunteers to serve in one of the worship positions at Sunday Mass. Mark Capuano outlined a plan to assist in making sure people know and respond to their schedules for service assignments.
Formation: Rick Christ reported that over 70 children attended to recent VBS event. Everyone agreed that it was a huge success, and that Susan Labish, and her team of volunteers did a fantastic job. We are so blessed to have people with a heart for the souls of children in our community!
Evangelization: Welcoming visitors should be a regular part of our time prior to Mass. This is especially true for members of the Parish Pastoral Council, and we were challenged to make this a priority. Loren Wallace is asking that we also encourage others and ourselves to do more community outreach work, as part of our evangelization, and social justice mission. We were reminded of our Church history and teachings concerning a preference for the poor and needy. A meeting with Loren should be scheduled to develop ideas.
Culture Building: Amy and Cathy continue to search for Outside and Inside Maintenance leaders These positions should be prominently advertised on the bulletin board. Father Jonathan advised us that someone should be assigned to oversee the posting and maintenance of these boards at the main entrance.
One suggestion for filling the Maintenance position - which seems to be a daunting task to potential volunteers - would be to fully develop the maintenance list as it currently exists. this will go a long way toward explaining the roles of these potential volunteers, as we seek to strengthen the logistics and performance of various PM jobs. Mark will present this list - in its current form - at our next meeting.
There is a down-loadable link on the diocesan web page to a liability waiver, which could be accessed whenever parish facilities are being used by non-parishioners. Kristi will investigate and verify this for us. We should also be checking to assure that we have the logistics in place for the rental of our fellowship hall, which will become a prominent source of revenues once the Church has been built. This would include an Event Coordinator task.
The Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was a successful event for bringing together those who serve our parish. Additional activities should be planned, with the purpose of bonding this group of committed individuals.
Mark Cush asked us to verbally promote the Bible Studies and Formation classes with people in the parish, as well as others we know in the community.
Mark Cush also talked about a Matthew Kelly event coming up soon, and told us this was a worthwhile activity to promote in the parish bulletin. A poster for the lobby board could also be prepared.
Fr. Jonathan proposed that we consider a personal renewal event for Holy Trinity, which could include a planned retreat, with a speaker, and Reconciliation availability. This should also certainly include babysitting and child care for young families. We might consider this a potential Fall activity.
As a follow up to the discussion concerning visitors, we were individually challenged to introduce ourselves to at least two new people every month, welcome them to our parish, and ask them what the Church could do for them. We could also seek guidance concerning what they think we are doing right, and where they see a need for improvement. This will be a priority task for the next meeting.
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, August 17th at 7:00PM.