from the senior warden - October 2014
School is now in session and our Preschool is up and running.  Taking a tour of the classrooms and meeting the teachers and students help me realize how special this ministry is. The parents spoke very highly of our program and had so many good things to say about the Director, Sarah Schebel, and her teaching staff.  I believe this program is regaining the acclaim it once had, and under Sarah’s leadership, should continue to grow.
Another special experience for me this week was to be a part of the Wednesday summer prayer group.  They conducted a beautiful prayer worship service before sitting down together with snacks, beverages, and a delicious potluck dinner.  The worship, food, and conversation were very special.  I kept thinking that our small gathering must have been like many of those done during Jesus’ time.
We have so many special small groups that get together in God’s name to pray and enjoy the company of each other.  What a blessing this church is.  I hope each of you have an opportunity to participate in the many ministries we offer.
A note about Vestry activity:  The Vestry has approved the formation of a Finance Committee, with the objectives of increasing budget transparency and communication to the congregation, and to make initial recommendations to the Vestry on the formation of the budget for the coming year.
Please remember that the Vestry meetings are open to anyone, but the Bylaws state that visitors do not have voice or vote.  We welcome any and all who are interested.
I look forward to worshiping with you.  May God bless you and the wonderful church he has given us.
Doug Francis, Senior Warden


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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