From the Vestry
Vestry’s quarterly in-person meeting was held in June. Dean Owens updated members on progress made on our new website which tentatively is scheduled for a September roll out. He also discussed the history and development of the 9 a.m. service and the changes planned for the fall. That service will now be known as The Abundant Table with artist-in-residence Morgan Mecaskey, providing and leading the music. Jennifer Cochran and the Gateway Band received much appreciation for their many years of committed service in this music ministry at 9 a.m service. A reception was held to honor them after the 8:30 service on June 26th.
Cynthia Ries presented on our next stewardship campaign to begin at the end of September with the theme of “Sacred Place, Living Faith.” Paul Herrgesell reviewed the financial statements for the cathedral and commons. Income remains consistent with low expenses for the cathedral. The parking fees for the Commons continue to be less than anticipated but expenses continue to remain below budget. Mark Biddlestone reported for the property and sustainability committee. The most current need is the leaks on the flat roof and front entrance area of Mather Hall. The diocese is being contacted about the current conditions to expedite repairs.
On the status of our new structure for ministry, Dean Owens advised that our mission teams are almost complete with vestry members assigned to each one. A new team for diocesan and national ministry was added.
Patty Roberts updated vestry that a meet and greet for bishop candidates will be held at Trinity on October 27. There will be five of these events held on various dates scattered throughout the diocese so that members of parishes and interested parties for that geographic area can participate.
Also of note, as a member of the Campus District of Cleveland, the vestry voted in support of the demolition of the former Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court building and the creation of a park and greenway community in that space. In an article by Steven Litt at cleveland.com,
“Advocates say the proposal offers a way to beautify the city, and to help reconnect downtown with the majority-Black Central neighborhood, which was severed from the central business district by the highway 70 years ago.”
Vestry will not have a meeting in July.
Our next meeting will be held via Zoom
on August 16. As always
if you have any concerns you may send
them to the wardens at
[email protected] or contact any
member of the vestry above.
The vestry is responsible for the vision, governance, and ministry of the Cathedral in collaboration with the Dean, and is responsible for all finances, investments, property, personnel policies, programs and diocesan relations.
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