PARISH OF NUMURKAH-NATHALIA
MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD IN HAMON PARISH CENTRE, NUMURKAH.
THURSDAY 17th OCTOBER 2013.
- 1. Welcome and Opening:
Rev. Sally Boothey opened the meeting with a prayer at 8.02 pm
Rev Sally Boothey, Judy James, Bev Leaf, Rob Elliott, Mary Muntz, Merle Cobbledick, Ron Cobbledick, Keith Schier, Win Knight, Robyn Pendlebury, Carol Lugg, John Stammers, Lou Hamon.
3. Apologies: Margaret Mitchell, Wendy Watson, Heather Stammers, Bev Patrick.
4. Confirmation of Minutes:
MOTION: “That the Minutes of the Parish Council held 19th September 2013, be confirmed as a true and correct record.”
Moved: Win Knight. Seconded: Mary Muntz. Carried.
5. Business arising from previous minutes:
5.1. Holy Trinity smart meter installation, still waiting installation.
5.2. Diocese Insurance, still no Certificate of Currency.
6.1. Bishop: Appointment of Fr. Thomas Lesley, PIC Yea Parish.
6.2. Registrar: Vacancy Diocese Registrar, Diocese of Willochra.
6.3. Registrar: Floral Festival St Johns Alexandra 25th October.
6.4. Registrar: St Matthews Albury Social Justice Essay & Media Competition.
6.5. Registrar: St Matthews Pet Show 2nd November.
6.6. Registrar: ABC Radio appeal for Syria October 20th 12 pm to 3 pm.
6.7. Registrar: Scams afflicting Anglican Church worldwide.
6.8. Registrar: Withdrawals of $3255.60 from trust account.
MOTION: “That the correspondence inwards be accepted and outwards adopted”.
Moved: John Stammers. Seconded: Bev Leaf. Carried.
7. Rectors Report:
Written Report tabled and discussed.
Education: The ‘Living the Questions’ studies have finished at Holy Trinity with the full 7 sessions completed and after 5 sessions, the St George’s group has gone into recess until after Easter in 2014. In the coming weeks, an ecumenical Advent study is being hosted by the Uniting Church in Numurkah, and possibly also in Nathalia.
Early in 2014, there will be sessions with a Lenten theme and so post-Easter seems the best time to re-engage with the issues of progressive Christianity raised in ‘Living the Questions’.
Services: Sunday services and Tuesday services have continued as usual. From November, the monthly services at Wakiti Creek will be at 7.30 am instead of 3.00 pm. There have been Anglican services at Pioneer’s Lodge and Banawah since last meeting and there is one at Karinya next week. There has been a Memorial Service held at Pioneer’s Lodge for Bert Beverley, whose funeral was at St George’s. The funeral of John Davey was held at Holy Trinity in late September.
The Pet Blessing and commemoration of St Francis at St George’s enabled the Rectory dogs, Bindi and Flash, to be blessed (and ensured that they were washed and brushed in preparation!)
Fundraising: This will be covered in other reports, but just to say that the Garden Party at the home of Joan Harding was very well supported, despite the weather, and was a successful event. The proceeds were shared between the Kotupna Wildlife Group and the Anglican Church and about $500 has been raised to purchase a new generator for St Paul’s. Congratulations to the hard workers from St Paul’s and All Saints and thank you to others who gave their support. (It was pure luck that the Rector won a lovely pot plant in the raffle)
Retreat: The clergy retreat was conducted by the Right Reverend Michael Hough and the presentations were excellent. There was plenty of time (in silence) for reflecting, praying and refreshing spiritually and mentally. The food was good and the weather was kind.
Bp Michael produces notes and commentaries on the daily readings and on the Sunday readings and I have asked to be on the email list. Apparently these commentaries are already widely used in the diocese by lay leaders and by interested groups as a study resource. If anyone wants to receive them, I can forward them on by email. There is no copyright.
Business cards: These are now in circulation. Please distribute them as needs be to those who want any of the information they carry.
Annual Leave: I have decided to take a second week of annual leave around the event of my mother’s 85th birthday party, which is on Saturday 23 November. I will be away from Friday 22 to Thursday 28 November and back in time for the Strawberry Festival. The services on Sunday 24 November (Christ the King) will be taken by Rev’d Rob Whalley.
As we come to an extremely busy time of the year – both in the Church and in the community – I urge people to be sensible about taking the time they need for self care and for urgent family or health issues. And I would encourage us all to be supportive of one another as we ‘muddle along’ together to achieve the best outcomes we can in the assorted significant parish events coming up. Christ didn’t call us to ‘follow’ expecting, or even desiring, perfection but honouring God by giving of our best, (as it is on the day), and by caring for one another (as best we can) IS expected and most important.
MOTION: “That the Rector’s Report be received”.
Moved: Rev’d. Sally Boothey. Seconded: Rob Elliott. Carried.
8. Financial Report:
Presented by Lou Hamon in absence of Treasurer Wendy Watson.
Cheque Account $ 6317.05
Investment. Account $ 10143.08
St George’s ladies Guild $ 957.39
Holy Trinity Ladies Guild $ 3331.25
Holy Trinity Mother’s Union $ 334.05
Holy Trinity Strawberry Festival $ 1498.45
Holy Trinity Diocese Wang. $ 181.87
Betty Daniel Scholarship Term Deposit $ 8186.56
Offertory $ 6157.75
Accounts Payable $
MOTION: “That the financial report be received and accounts passed for payment”
Moved: Lou Hamon. Seconded: Ron Cobbledick. Carried.
9. GST Business:
9.1. Catering: Funerals: J Davey 20th September, P Gallagher 27th September, Funeral 4th October.
9.2. Hall Hire: Funerals: 4th October and 17th October, Orana Day Care.
9.3. Funerals: J Davey 20th September.
9.4 Fundraising: Joan Harding Garden Party.
MOTION: “That the fundraising activities be Input Taxed”.
Moved: Lou Hamon. Seconded: Keith Schier. Carried.
10. Warden’s Reports:
St. George’s: 10.1. Re-location of tap pending.
10.2. Waterline continued to church grounds.
Holy Trinity: 10.3. CFA inspecting appliances on Sunday.
10.4. Martin Rein organ recital November 3rd, Wesley Church Shepparton.
11. Other Reports:
11.1 Holy Trinity Ladies Guild: Bank balance $3331.25 before payment of $255.70 for MU birthday catering cost, and $1000 forwarded to Parish Council. Preparing for Children’s Church and lunch on Sunday, with 6 indicating attendance.
Meeting held to discuss Parish Council’s recommendation to increase funeral catering charges. Holy Trinity will continue present practice with an increase of $200 as the minimum. Felt by being compassionate it encourages generosity.
11.2. Mother’s Union: Positive comments received on 75th Birthday celebrations. Picture colouring competition being organized for Strawberry Festival.
11.3. St George’s Ladies Guild: Change of date for next meeting to 31st October. New piano cover purchased. Final payment towards air conditioner cost has been made.
MOTION: “That the Reports be received”
Moved: Carol Lugg. Seconded: Judy James. Carried.
12. General Business:
12.1. St George’s High Tea on 20th October. Tables of 8, booked out. Fiona & Rob busy rehearsing the entertainment to be provided.
12.2. Piano cover purchased with Ladies Guild paying the cost.
12.3. Nine Lessons & Carols commenced practice.
12.4. Certificate of Currency still unavailable.
12.5. Parish Council Christmas Dinner to be held on Thursday 12th December. Booking to be made at Telegraph Hotel, Numurkah. Numbers required at next meeting, partners invited.
12.6. Revd. Sally Reported meeting with Margaret Cobbledick to arrange Carols by Candlelight in Nathalia on Friday 20th December.
Next Meeting: Thursday 21st NOVEMBER 2013 – HOLY TRINITY NATHALIA.
Meeting closed with the grace at 8.58 pm.
Minutes confirmed……………………………………………. Date………………………………….