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NEED ANNUAL REPORT SUMMARY HERE

Other writers will cover the general information on programs and process but I wanted to illustrate how a stranger perceives your efforts. Remember, every prospective parishioner starts out as a stranger. My friend and neighbor lost his wife to cancer last spring. Knowing that her birthday would have been January 3rd, I invited Jim to church on that day. This is the e-mail I received from him: “Thank you for inviting me to St. Paul’s. Sitting in the pew, admiring the construction and feeling the history of the building was inspiring. More inspiring however, was the sense of community exuded by each and every parishioner that I met. The pride of ownership, not necessarily in the physical church but in the works of the community was quite apparent; so much so that as I met them I had a difficult time determining whether I was speaking to a member of the congregation or a church official. Truly awesome!

Please convey my thanks for their warmth and hospitality and my admiration for their strong commitment to their church and greater community.” Please note that this man ran a number of successful businesses and in his retirement, heads the board of directors for the 450 residences and marina where we live. I add that only because it has long been a goal of many of my neighbors to increase a sense of community as well as maintain the property. It goes without saying that our church is greatly loved. Most of you will never know how many hours go into maintaining it, preparing for services and the million and one other things required. Second, the pride of ownership is the general attitude of our people and you don’t know how rare that is. We have a working vestry where the members take their duties very seriously. The Sunday School is considered “staff” and you will know that when you interact. Not only do they know what they are doing but also they do it well. Everyone should volunteer at least once during the year.

 

The combination of HeartFELT and the food distributions enlist a lot of folks to participate and together these programs have a huge impact on the wider Calvert community. Those who provide the efforts necessary to make it all work are heroes. WJMU runs like clockwork and there are many devoted people who make sure hospitality is offered to everyone who enters our doors. As well, not only do we host but we are part of the potential of many individuals and organizations serving the people of Calvert County. Lives are changed in our 12-Step Room, through Reading Camp, Safe-Nights/Safe-Sundays, the Women’s Clothing Closet and a dozen other efforts. We are very blessed to share our facility with the growing Congregation Beit Chaverim. Rabbi Saltzman is truly one of the more gifted and graced people I have ever met and having him as a colleague has enriched all of us.

 

Indeed, the pride of ownership shown by so many devoted people is what makes this work. I discovered that what Jim was referring to was how everyone spoke of the church with authority. I was bursting with pride. That is exactly what any Rector worth their salt wants to hear. It’s your church for God’s sake and only you can make it work. One story that tickled me was how Maribeth Wilkins accompanied our guest to the Parish Hall. Now, as we all know, Maribeth could make a lamb feel safe and welcome at a convention of wolves but she felt she was only doing her job as a greeter. Jim was sure she was on the staff. Well, frankly she is, as are all persons who worship here and ensure the gospel is preached in a myriad of ways.

 

Now there are places where we need improvement and thankfully, they don’t pose any serious issues. First, we do need to direct our concerns to those who can do something about them. It does no good to share something you find troubling with just anyone. That’s my job and the vestry’s. Second, we are greatly in need on more financial commitment. We all love St. Paul’s but we can’t live on love. Third, I know some folks are shy about pitching in and just doing things. Please jump in where you know your gifts are needed.

 

Lastly, I know this is going to be a challenging year. I wish there was more I could do for you in that regard but I can’t. I can only act as a sounding board and love you through it. Let’s make every day count, every minute…everything we do matters.

Thank you for a wonderful year,

Joanna

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Interim Rector’s Report

Other writers will cover the general information on programs and process but I wanted to illustrate how a stranger perceives your efforts. Remember, every prospective parishioner starts out as a stranger. My friend and neighbor lost his wife to cancer last spring. Knowing that her birthday would have been January 3rd, I invited Jim to church on that day. This is the e-mail I received from him: “Thank you for inviting me to St. Paul’s. Sitting in the pew, admiring the construction and feeling the history of the building was inspiring. More inspiring however, was the sense of community exuded by each and every parishioner that I met. The pride of ownership, not necessarily in the physical church but in the works of the community was quite apparent; so much so that as I met them I had a difficult time determining whether I was speaking to a member of the congregation or a church official. Truly awesome!

Please convey my thanks for their warmth and hospitality and my admiration for their strong commitment to their church and greater community.” Please note that this man ran a number of successful businesses and in his retirement, heads the board of directors for the 450 residences and marina where we live. I add that only because it has long been a goal of many of my neighbors to increase a sense of community as well as maintain the property. It goes without saying that our church is greatly loved. Most of you will never know how many hours go into maintaining it, preparing for services and the million and one other things required. Second, the pride of ownership is the general attitude of our people and you don’t know how rare that is. We have a working vestry where the members take their duties very seriously. The Sunday School is considered “staff” and you will know that when you interact. Not only do they know what they are doing but also they do it well. Everyone should volunteer at least once during the year.

The combination of HeartFELT and the food distributions enlist a lot of folks to participate and together these programs have a huge impact on the wider Calvert community. Those who provide the efforts necessary to make it all work are heroes. WJMU runs like clockwork and there are many devoted people who make sure hospitality is offered to everyone who enters our doors. As well, not only do we host but we are part of the potential of many individuals and organizations serving the people of Calvert County. Lives are changed in our 12-Step Room, through Reading Camp, Safe-Nights/Safe-Sundays, the Women’s Clothing Closet and a dozen other efforts. We are very blessed to share our facility with the growing Congregation Beit Chaverim. Rabbi Saltzman is truly one of the more gifted and graced people I have ever met and having him as a colleague has enriched all of us.

Indeed, the pride of ownership shown by so many devoted people is what makes this work. I discovered that what Jim was referring to was how everyone spoke of the church with authority. I was bursting with pride. That is exactly what any Rector worth their salt wants to hear. It’s your church for God’s sake and only you can make it work. One story that tickled me was how Maribeth Wilkins accompanied our guest to the Parish Hall. Now, as we all know, Maribeth could make a lamb feel safe and welcome at a convention of wolves but she felt she was only doing her job as a greeter. Jim was sure she was on the staff. Well, frankly she is, as are all persons who worship here and ensure the gospel is preached in a myriad of ways.

Now there are places where we need improvement and thankfully, they don’t pose any serious issues. First, we do need to direct our concerns to those who can do something about them. It does no good to share something you find troubling with just anyone. That’s my job and the vestry’s. Second, we are greatly in need on more financial commitment. We all love St. Paul’s but we can’t live on love. Third, I know some folks are shy about pitching in and just doing things. Please jump in where you know your gifts are needed.

Lastly, I know this is going to be a challenging year. I wish there was more I could do for you in that regard but I can’t. I can only act as a sounding board and love you through it. Let’s make every day count, every minute…everything we do matters.

Thank you for a wonderful year,

Joanna

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Rector’s Warden’s Report

I would first like to thank all the Vestry members with a special thanks to those who are rotating off of the Vestry this year. Each has given of their time, their energy and their ideas. These volunteers have helped to guide St. Paul’s thru a rapidly changing time. I would then like to welcome the new Vestry members. I look forward to working with you in the coming years. I encourage your active participation in the work of the Vestry as together we help St. Paul’s move forward. With your help we can continue to make St. Paul’s a wonderful place to worship God and a great place for us all to share our gifts with others. Finally, I would like to encourage all members of St. Paul’s to share your ideas and thoughts with the Vestry. Let us know what works and what does not work, what needs to continue and possibly, what needs to end. The Vestry can only represent your interests if we know what your interests and desires are. The past year, 2015, saw many changes within St. Paul’s. The church continued to grow with many new members attending Sunday Services, utilizing Sunday School to educate their children and joining in the community that St. Paul’s has become.

St Paul’s continued with numerous outreach programs, including, but not limited to:

Safe Sunday’s
Heartfelt
Food Distribution
Project Echo Dinners

St. Paul’s also implemented a new outreach program with the Reading Camp which we sponsored in the summer and which we will again sponsor in 2016. All of these programs were made possible because you, the people of St. Paul’s were willing to step up, donate your time, donate some food or donate some money. Your gift to others is a reflection on what St. Paul’s is and what it will continue to be.I am sure you will read more about these individual outreach programs in other

I am sure you will read more about these individual outreach programs in other reports.

Other items going on at St. Paul’s and worth mentioning (in no particular order) would include:

 The marvelous work being done by the St. Paul’s Sunday School teachers. I would encourage every St. Paul’s member to volunteer just one Sunday to assist these wonderful teachers in working with St. Paul’s youth. You will be rewarded in ways you don’t know.

 A video being prepared of “What does St. Paul’s mean to you?” This video has been recorded and is being edited in final preparation for its release. A big thank you to Michele Lyons for planning and carrying out this project.

 Dana Krohnert and Priscilla Bradley have done a great job of overseeing the St. Paul’s kitchen having it ready for various functions. Many St. Paul’s members attended the Cinco de Mayo fundraiser and enjoyed great food and music.

There were many accomplishments worth noting in 2015.

 Under the guidance of the Church Warden, Mike King and the Junior Warden, Jack Smack (with assistance from Billy O’Neill) St. Paul’s was able to negotiate a favorable deal with the State of Maryland for the construction of the sidewalk and right of way on Church Street.

 Tammy Witt, working with Mike King and Jack Smack, was able to have SMECO replace almost all St. Paul lighting in the Church and the Great Hall with Eco Friendly (and cost effective) LED lighting. This was done at very minimal cost to St. Paul’s.

 We now have a few members who have volunteered to count the collection on a weekly basis.

 St. Paul’s was able to put together a new contract which recognizes and properly compensates our Interim Rector, Joanna White. This new contract has been approved by St. Paul’s, Joanna and the Diocese. This contract was made retroactive to the expiration of the previous contract, February 2015.

 Thanks go out to Bill Santiff for getting the microphone system up and running this year. Joanna is now wearing a collar microphone and announcements are being made with the aid of a hand held wireless microphone. This has been a big improvement and increased the enjoyment of the service for our hearing challenged members (myself included). There are plans and challenges for St. Paul’s and the Vestry in 2016.

 We would like to put together a new Member Directory for 2016. This would be a directory with pictures, similar to the ones done in 2014 and 2016. These directories are particularly helpful to newer members because they allow them to put a name to a face. They are also helpful with cell phone numbers and email addresses.

 St. Paul’s website is in dire need of a facelift /makeover. St. Paul’s would welcome any member who could volunteer to help us redesign our website to be more user friendly and interactive.

 In 2016, St. Paul’s needs to review and rewrite a new contract for the cleaning service. The current contract has expired.

 In 2016 we need to review the Insurance Contracts at St. Paul’s to make sure that we are carrying the proper coverage in the proper amounts.

 St. Paul’s is overdue for a Financial Audit and we need to put together a team to accomplish the audit this year.

 We have started plans for having a section of the St. Paul’s cemetery set aside for a Columbarium. This is in the planning stages and will continue on in 2016. We will determine the cost of this project and have decided that St. Paul’s will not move forward with the project until 75% of the cost has been raised.

Finally, and most importantly, the biggest project facing St. Paul’s in 2016 is the Search for a New Rector. This is the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about. Unfortunately, time is running out. There is a mandatory retirement age for Rectors and Joanna will be forced to retire. St. Paul’s has several committees currently working on this Search for a new rector. These committees need your support, but more importantly, they need your ideas, your wants, and your desires.

These committees want to select a new rector who will continue the growth of the community of St. Paul’s. Please share with these committees what you want in a new rector. Please see Peter Dyro in reference to this.

Respectfully submitted,

Ken Brown
Rector’s Warden
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

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Junior Warden’s Report

Our maintenance during 2015 have been minimal compared to our facilities and the daily us of our Parish House. I would especially like to thank the ladies and gentlemen who work and use our kitchen for not allowing any grease to go down the sink drains. At this point, we have not had any maintenance calls on our grease traps or a kitchen filled with greasy water. Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen.

All lights in the Parish Hall have been converted to LED lights, which should save dollars in the future years. Mike King and I hope to have all the church lights converted to LED in the near future.

The painting of the Parish Hall office and hallway walls were done at no charge by Pat Buckler Painting Contractor, and me. The paint was donated by Lusby Hardware and Mike and Wanda King. Please call me if you have painting to be done and I will give you Mr. Buckler’s phone number. Mike and Wanda also had three of the outside doors of the Parish House painted at their expense. Thank You!!!

Our church yard had much greener grass and looked better this year, thanks to all who helped spread the fertilizer and with the church yard clean-up. Mike King, Shocky Wood, and I trimmed the trees in front of the church, which opened up the entryway and made for a much better appearance and view of the front of the church. Art Wittig has done an excellent job of keeping the plants and flowers trimmed and neat. He loves his job!!

Recycling is a very important part of helping our environment; however, we must keep the kitchen free of recycled materials. We had a very serious problem with fruit flies for a few days, so we much keep it clean. Our heating and air conditioning repairs were minimal this year considering the age of some of our equipment. We replaced one seven-ton compressor at a cost of approximately $5,000. We always obtain several pieces on large expense, but Quality Heating & Cooling, Inc., Dan Roper, works well with St. Paul’s and is a special friend of Joanna’s. Call me if you need Mr. Roper’s phone number.

Many other projects occurred at St. Paul’s during the year. At times, I am st the Parish House 3 to 4 times per week, but feel that I and St. Paul’s are very blessed to have many other parishioners, such as Mike King, to fill the void and always to offer his opinion on a repair. At times, his and other opinions on how to approach a repair are much more realistic than mine.

We hope to get the parking lot stripped after the Church Street repairs are complete. We were very fortunate to have Billy O’Neill and Jack Upton to oversee the sale of our portion of land to the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Several meetings were held with SHA officials and Ken Brown, Billy O’Neill, Jack Upton, Mike King, and me to insure the best price for St. Paul’s. We also hope to get the floors in the Great Hall cleaned, stripped of wax, and resealed in the near future. Several other churches in Calvert County have a columbarium. We are continuing to look into the possibility of building one at St. Paul’s We will keep you posted on this matter/ Please keep up your support and involvement with St. Paul’s. We need to keep growing by increasing the number of parishioners and increasing our outreach projects to the community.

Jack Smack
Junior Warden

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The many outreach programs of St. Paul’s comes are funded by the generous tithes and gifts our parishioner’s, as well as,  the communities support of services offered through the church.

 

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