Parish Council Meeting Summary of October 1, 2019

Old North Abbey, Knoxville, TN
Parish Council Meeting Summary, meeting of October 1, 2019
Minutes prepared by Amber Ford, summary by Daniel Yoder

Attendees: Aaron, Amber, Brent, Daniel, Deborah, Gregg, Rusty, Spencer
Clergy attending: Joy

Financial Report:

  • due to renovation and other costs, spending in Sept. slightly exceeded giving
  • for the year, giving is still $4k over budget, whisk expenses are $23k under
  • this does not account for almost $20k in committed additional expenses for carpeting and the hardwood floors , which will be spent in the first half of 2020
  • decided to put off an additional lump payment towards the mortgage until costs associated with the sabbatical are clearer

Bylaws updates

  • Council unanimously approved (by email on 9/19/19) the changes proposed by Brad, and has been announcing those
  • Council also approved a typo pointed out by Spencer on p. 13 of the Bylaws

Fall Activities

  • instead of Lake Day, there will be an activity at the church on October 20
  • the member’s mini-meeting will be Sunday Oct. 13 immediately after the service
  • the Covenanting ceremony will be Sunday Nov. 3 and 4:00 pm
  • the full Parish member’s meeting will be Sunday Nov. 24 following the service and potluck
  • Aaron is taking care of arrangements for the Bishop’s visit the weekend of Oct. 26. Nick’s ordination will be that Saturday evening

Parish Council nominations

  • the Council agreed to add two members, including one to replace Deborah, who is rotating off. The Council made several suggestions to the Nominating Committee


  • changes to be made this weekend include removing the old air conditioner, installing signs, installing front exterior lights, installing staff hooks, framing the three outstanding Covenants, nursery towel dispenser, aerator for nursery bathroom sink
  • Aaron will look into additional estimates for carpeting
  • Gregg suggested adding pew liturgy holders
  • more groups are using the building, including the Fairmont and Emoriland Neighborhood Assoc. and the Community School partner meeting


  • Aaron shared his list of priestly duties
  • Council will come next time with suggestions on broader participation

Next meeting 7:30 pm Tuesday November 5 in the upper meeting room.

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