PC President's Letter
Father Demetri for being our shepherd.
The many active ministries, visible and not so visible, that keep St. Nicholas alive and vibrant, a place that is a home!
The extraordinary 2017 Parish Council that went into overtime this year with extra meetings for planning goals for the year, vetting our long term planning, discussing stewardship at length and mopping the flooded basement floors. And thanks to those leaving: Nicholas, Rick, Elie, Tony and Joan.
Earlier in the year the Parish Council decided on six goals to help guide us and give direction in fulfilling our church’s mission and its growth. Below is the status of each goal:
GOAL #1: ‘Master Plan’ for church grounds to address the needs of the parish.
STATUS: The Master Planning Committee (MPC) came up with the three best options: 1) Rehabilitate the facilities, 2) Rebuild the church and hall, and 3) Relocate our church – sell the Lexington properties and buy land to build elsewhere. A special general assembly will be held early 2018 to discuss these ideas further.
GOAL #2: Project Manager to oversee continuity of projects.
STATUS: Nicholas Zervoglos and Maria Decoulos exploring options to share information online to manage progress.
GOAL #3: Improve outreach and increase participation of existing and new parishioners through ‘Orthodoxy in Action.’
STATUS: The Orthodoxy in Action committee is planning activities and working with the Stewardship Committee to bridge time and talent opportunities. A welcoming committee has also branched out from this goal.
GOAL #4: Achieve a balanced 2017 budget by end of year.
STATUS: Work in progress.
GOAL #5: Identify and document baseline procedures for key operational processes by end of 2017.
STATUS: Work in progress.
GOAL #6: Increase annual stewardship revenue in December 2018 by 15% more than 2017 target.
STATUS: Work in progress. (Proposed budget has close to 8% increase in 2018 Stewardship goal)
A new set of eyes has been a great benefit to our treasury department from tidying up many loose ends to profitable discoveries – more to come in Treasurer’s report.
The finance committee is proposing a balanced budget for 2018. The key sources of income? Festivals, which we count on carrying us for two years (since they’re biennial); and increased Stewardship commitments.
This year there have been three occasions so far where there was flooding in the basement and not all incidents were from the same source. We are keeping a close eye on the boilers, aging HVAC system, roof, structure of church, stairs and pavement sinkholes outside of the church.
LET’S BE PROACTIVE AND NOT ALLOW ONLY OUR MAINTENANCE ISSUES BE THE DRIVING FORCE TO TAKE ACTION FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR CHURCH AND COMMUNITY.
With love & respectfully,
2017 PC President