Senior Warden Notes
There is a lot happening at St. Paul's even though we cannot gather in person.
The Search Committee has been revitalized with the addition of several new members. Under the capable leadership of Bruce Hagemann and Lilla Whiteside they are working on the parish profile (utilizing virtual resources) with a goal of calling a permanent rector in a timely manner.
Many thanks to Bruce, Lilla, Tiffany Hendry, Don Curry, Dave Eyer, Clare Keller, Lisa Laskow, Susanne Woods and Kyle Campbell for undertaking this important work.
Junior Warden Greta Philips-Ford, along with the Senior Warden and the Rector, have been interviewing contractors to do both short term necessary repairs to the church building as well as to provide input and estimates for a much larger capital restoration campaign to come.
A dead palm has been removed from the Memorial Garden and a replacement, along with two other new trees will be installed soon. In addition, the partially functioning irrigation system is to be repaired. Junior Warden Greta Philips-Ford is doing an amazing job of getting us through a list of campus repairs.
When you return for onsite worship I think you'll also be pleased by the repaired and refurbished handicap ramp that is about to go into construction.
We are working on webpages to continue the stewardship campaign (securely and confidentially) online and to create a volunteer hub so that we can harness the energy and commitment of members when restrictions are lifted.
At the request of the Vestry, Father Steve has signed an agreement to remain until September 30. This will provide much needed continuity while the search committee works, and we grapple with the effects of both the virus and the resulting economic shutdown.
Our new office assistant - Lisa McCarthy has begun work. Due to diocesan and local government regulations the office is NOT yet open and
no visitors can be admitted
. But Lisa is hard at work organizing our files, inputting data and ensuring that the day to day operations of the parish operate smoothly.
And, finally, members continue to reach deep and show faithfulness in giving. To answer a frequent question, "yes, all contributions are recorded for those who have pledged or have accounts" - just as if the money was received on Sunday. Money for special funds, such as the Music Fund or Organ Fund is directed to those accounts when the intent is listed.
The address is 401 Duval Street, Key West, 33040 or via our Church