Parish Council Meeting Summary February 4, 2020

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

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

Financial Report:

  • contributions in January were particularly high, including a special gift designated to pay for carpet and flooring
  • Spencer outlined the proposed budget established by the Budget Committee. Even given the total additional cost of Aaron’s sabbatical ($6k) and additional staffing costs associated with Nick becoming priest, the rising level of giving and promised additional contributions make things look very good
  • the Budget Committee proposed keeping a $60k reserve fund and setting aside $15k for the new HVAC and $8k for flooring, and using the remaining amount to pay down on the mortgage. The PC unanimously approved that proposal.


  • some minor tasks were completed
  • Aaron received a quote for carpeting the Overflow and Sacristy and the stairways, and laying laminate in the downstairs hallway and nursery bathroom. It appears all that can be done for about $8k
  • Aaron will work with Russ on getting the new HVAC unit for the upstairs. this was recommended because of increasing use of the Commons
  • Aaron and Nick will be working on the offices


  • Ash Wednesday will be 2/26 with both morning and evening services. Tab is working with the Youth to provide artwork on the Stations of the Cross to decorate the sanctuary
  • Gregg is suggesting a Men’s Retreat for May (date TBD), which the Council approved
  • other upcoming events include Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and a songwriter workshop June 5-6.

Next meeting 7:30 pm Tuesday March 3 in the Commons.

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