from the Sr. Warden - September 2014
I hope you have had an opportunity to either attend or listen to the All Parish Forums conducted by Fr. Hall and by your Vestry last month (see the links below).  It was good to hear Fr. Hall share with all of us your comments about what you appreciate at St. Boniface, and then to hear about the exciting programming for the fall and spring.
With technology at St. Boniface moving ahead at lightning speed, we were able to stream the Forums live, as well as place them on our web site for future viewing. We are working toward providing this same technology for future church services and special events, giving those who are unable to enjoy the community of our worship services a continuing connection to their family at St. Boniface. 
I’d like to add a word about the Vestry’s Forum on management of your gifts.  Please know that the Vestry functions to serve the parish of St. Boniface, so that we as a church, may better serve God and His people. Know also, that we are committed to transparency and responsible decision making, as we manage the generosity of your gifts.  We are presently working on ways to keep you periodically informed about the status of the budget.
The Vestry meetings, held on the third Thursday of each month in the Parish Hall, are open to those who might be interested.  As stated in our By Laws, however, your attendance comes with no voice or vote.  Should you have an issue to be presented at any meeting, please see our Rector.   
Thanks for being patient as we grow into a bright future.  Together, we have many hearts and lives to touch with God’s love.  May God Bless this church.
Doug Francis
parish forums
If you missed the August forums that sprung from the Appreciative Inquiry gatherings, click on the links below to view the recordings:
August 3  A presentation outlining the results from more than 100 parishioner responses compiled from the Appreciative Inquiry meetings held with our parish consultant.  CLICK HERE to view the recorded version of the August 3 forum
August 10  Fr. John Hall sheds additional light on the learning gleaned from the Appreciative Inquiry meetings and focuses on the responsive programming opportunities for the parish scheduled for the coming season.  CLICK HERE to view the recorded version of the August 10 forum
August 17  Members of the Vestry’s Budget Transparency Committee explained our parish budget and finances, answering questions raised in the Appreciative Inquiry meetings, like “Where does the money come from?” and “Where does my pledge really go?”  CLICK HERE to view the recorded version of the August 17 forum
vestry adopts 2014 budget

At our February meeting, the Vestry finalized this year’s operating budget, which supports our parish’s worship and music, pastoral care and teaching ministries, outreach efforts, and covers office expenses and staff salary.  In short this is what it will cost St. Boniface to be a strong parish, equipping ourselves and serving God’s people.  We anticipate expenses to total $1,034,581.  Tapping into operating reserves could cover the projected $103,581 shortfall, but doing so will nearly exhaust them.  Instead, we ask parishioners to prayerfully consider their support for this wonderful parish.  If you haven’t already pledged, won’t you do so now?  If you have pledged, perhaps you can increase your pledge or make a special gift?  Detailed copies of the budget are available online here or in the church office.  For information on the budget, contact your Vestry.  For information on pledging contact Betsie Danner (941-349-5616 x318).


Vestry directory
Senior Warden
...Doug Francis 921-6820
Junior Warden
...Vince Brennan 356-4400
...Jon Gordon 923-2302
Ass't Treasuer
...Kathie Hayes 923-8554
Clerk of Vestry
...Lisa Wolf 349-5616
Vestry 2014
Kathie Hayes 923-8554
Tammy Lloyd 323-7343
Tony Neubroch 961-8424
Holley Schroeder 966-1466
Becky Westbrook 371-2655
Vestry 2015
Doug Francis 921-6820
Jon Gordon 923-2302
Keith Rollins 371-4339
Rich Swastek 497-5526
Paul van Deventer 312-0145
Vestry 2016
Doriel Boyce 554-4084
Vince Brennan 356-4400
David Eichlin 921-6812
Joanne Heiland 349-4321
Mary Ivey 927-1678




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