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Parish Council Meeting Summary August 4, 2020

Old North Abbey, Knoxville, TN
Parish Council Meeting Summary, meeting of August 4, 2020 (by Zoom)
Minutes prepared by Amber Ford, summary by Daniel Yoder

Attendees: Aaron, Amber, Brent, Charleen, Daniel, Mary, Rusty, Spencer
Absent: Gregg
Clergy attending: Joy

Financial Report
Deborah presented the financial report. Giving remains strong, at $162,900 year to date. We are $16,000 over budget in giving and $12,000 under budget in spending. The PC also agreed to go ahead with a $35k paying down of the mortgage, a move that had been agreed to but postponed due to Covid uncertainty.

Facilities
The sound quality of the outdoor services needs improvement. Brad is compiling a list of equipment that can be used for both the outdoor services and future indoor events. The Parish Council approved up to $2000 for new sound equipment. Services will continue as they have been operating. With a PA, capacity may be able to increase to 150. Aaron asked that everyone give thought to how to handle services when the weather cools in late fall. The PC also agreed to allow several resource coordinators from local schools to infrequently use ONA space as an office work area.

Financial Assistance
The PC agreed on several donations totaling $5k to meet immediate needs brought by parish members. They also allocated $500 to purchase reusable water bottles for Belle Morris students Finally, they agreed to provide $150/month in funding to the campus ministry of an ONA member for the next year.

Covid-19 response

  • both the outdoor morning and evening Zoom services appear to be going well, with no need for any substantial changes. The outdoor services have seen some new people attending, and the children have handled things very well. The morning inclusion of Eucharist wine appears to work well. We see no need at this point to change anything in the services
  • we agreed to allow the outside groups meeting at ONA on Monday and Thursday evening to begin using the space again, with the understanding that they will adhere to the 5 Core Principals

Next meeting 7:30 pm Tuesday September 1 in the Commons or by Zoom.

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