PARISH OF NUMURKAH-NATHALIA
MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD IN HOLY TRINITY HALL, NATHALIA. THURSDAY 19th JUNE 2014.
1. Welcome and Opening:
Rev. Sally Boothey opened the meeting with a prayer at 8.03 pm
Rev Sally Boothey, Judy James, Bev Leaf, Mary Muntz, Robyn Pendlebury, Merle Cobbledick, Ron Cobbledick, Wendy Watson, John Stammers, Keith Schier, Bev Patrick, Carol Lugg, Lou Hamon.
3. Apologies: Rob Elliott.
4. Confirmation of Minutes:
MOTION: “That the Minutes of the Parish Council held 15th May 2014 be confirmed as a true and correct record.”
Moved: Merle Cobbledick. Seconded: Ron Cobbledick. Carried.
5. Business Arising from previous minutes:
5.1 Ngukhur Mission enquiry – Bishop responded that expert assessment to be made of works to be done to repair the termite damage to church.
5.2 Film Night – excellent night with a profit of $1892.
5.3 Holy Trinity Patronal Festival – good day, well supported, all well fed.
6.1. Bishop: Illness and death of Bishop John McIntyre.
6.2. Bishop: Death of Mrs Gwen Goldsworthy.
6.3. Registrar: Gospel Belles Seymour 4th July.
6.4. Registrar: Bishop’s Winter Appeal “Soup Sunday” 5th June.
6.5. Registrar: MU Central Goulburn – Favorite Pot Plants 26th June.
6.6. Registrar: Christ Church – Spring Time Proms September 6th.
6.7 Church Resources: Mobile phone plan.
6.8. CBM/Nungalinya/Anglican Overseas Aid/ACT/Seafarers/Bible Society.
6.9. Letter of thanks: Marj Smith – car boot sale and upkeep of All Saints Barmah.
6.10. Letter of thanks: Margaret Mitchell – Film Night.
MOTION: “That the correspondence inwards be accepted and outwards adopted”.
Moved: Bev Patrick. Seconded: Mary Muntz. Carried.
7. Rectors Report:
Written Report tabled and discussed.
Rector’s Report to Parish Council – June 2014
Diocesan Synod was a good opportunity to mix with people from other parishes and to learn a little more about the schools and nursing homes. We heard, too, about the financial situation of the Diocese and there were reports tabled from many diocesan bodies. The two major resolutions put and passed were read out at each service on the Sunday following Synod. They related to initiatives to firstly move towards some incorporation of the bishop and bishop-in-council for the purposes of limiting liability, as happens now with most ‘companies and businesses’ and secondly to authorise an administrative and financial audit in order to find the best way forward in very troubled financial circumstances for the diocese. As it was the beginning of a new three year synod period, there were elections held and I have been elected as a clergy representative at General Synod and as a member of Bishop-in-Council. Sincere thanks to Robyn Pendlebury and Carol Lugg for their company and for their enthusiasm and interest. The parish is fortunate in electing another two excellent synod reps.
General Synod is being held in Adelaide from 28 June to 5 July and the services in the parish on Sunday 29 June are being taken by Rev’d Helen Malcolm.
In a busy week in the parish whilst I was leading the Annual Diocesan Lay Retreat at Harrietville, St George’s hosted a Macedonian Orthodox wedding. Thank you to Heather Stammers for putting such beautiful floral arrangements in the church. The parish Sunday services were ably taken by Rev’d Michael Moulder and I am grateful for the willingness of priests to help out in the parish sometimes.
We have had two baptisms since the last council meeting (Pippa O’Brien and Ella Flynn) and we have also celebrated the 70th wedding anniversary of Frank and Betty Jackson.
There was a really good response to the Bishop’s visit on Trinity Sunday and it was a happy (and well fed!) gathering of 36 people from across the parish for this service.
Last Saturday, we farewelled a long time, faithful parishioner, Beth Pyle and we gave thanks for her life of Christian witness and for her friendship and generosity. She will be missed by many in the community.
The week of Prayer for Christian Unity went well this year, with a healthy attendance, from across the denominations, of about 20 people each night
There have been no Holy Communion services at All Saint’s Barmah this month. With only two regulars, when one cannot come, the service is cancelled. Marjorie has been pleased to come into Holy Trinity, to share in the celebration of the Jackson’s wedding anniversary, but has concerns, (as do we all) about what may happen in the future. Although there are no plans to discontinue services at Barmah, there is an acceptance that Sunday worship with only one or two, in largish building, lacks that energy and support of community that is apparent at Holy Trinity and St George’s. The Holy Communion service at Wakiti Creek was also cancelled as it coincided with the whole parish service. There continue to be 9.00 am Morning Prayer services with discussions at Barmah and Wakiti Creek.
Wrightons contacted me for envelope orders and I ordered 55 sets instead of the 80 sets we had last time. There have been many left over envelope sets.
Regretfully, the items listed in the ‘inbox’ last month have not yet been dealt with, although ‘Living the Questions’ will be the focus of the fortnightly Tuesday study group at Joan Harding’s home.
Ngukurr – This afternoon I received a phone call from Bp Clyde Wood who had just returned from a trip to Ngukurr. Apparently it is an 8 hour drive from Darwin and the roads aren’t always passable. There is a good deal of work needed to fix the church which has been badly affected by termites. They have received a grant from the NT Diocese to replace the roof, but much more is needed. They will need to first of all send in someone with expertise to assess what’s actually required and then to cost out the materials. The Bp hoped that volunteer labour (such as Brian gives) will be used to repair the building. This process will take time – limitations of distance[LH1] , suitable accommodation for workers/consultants etc and the impassable terrain during the wet season. Our own interest is much appreciated and when something more concrete is known, we will be informed of how we can best help.
Annual Leave – One of the Sundays I have been out of the parish (May 10) has been a personal leave occasion and I will take a couple of days after General Synod, so will then have probably taken the equivalent of a week of annual leave. I would like to take two weeks later in the year- in the Spring- (depending on availability of relief clergy) and maybe the fourth week after Christmas.
MOTION: that the Rector’s report be accepted.
Moved: Rev Sally Boothey Seconded: Keith Shier. Carried
8. Financial Report:
Cheque Account $ 10650.20
Investment. Account $ 16193.86
St George’s ladies Guild $ 1262.41
Holy Trinity Ladies Guild $ 1407.66
Holy Trinity Mother’s Union $ 334.05
Holy Trinity Strawberry Festival $ 1498.45
Holy Trinity Diocese Wang. $ 243.82
Betty Daniel Scholarship Term Deposit $ 8724.43
Offertory $ 6455.70
Accounts payable $ 1866.06
MOTION: “That the financial report be received and accounts passed for payment”
Moved: Wendy Watson. Seconded: Judy James. Carried.
9. GST Business:
9.1. Catering: Marj Porter 80th birthday 25th May, Anderson Funeral 7th June, Beth Pyle Funeral 14th June.
9.2. Hall Hire: M. Porter 25th May, Funerals: Anderson 7th June, Beth Pyle 14th June, Orana Day Care.
9.3. Funerals: Beth Pyle 14th June.
9.4 Fundraising: Film Night 21st May.
MOTION: “That the activities listed above be Input Taxed”.
Moved: Lou Hamon. Seconded: John Stammers. Carried.
10. Warden’s Reports:
St. George’s: 10.1. Parish Centre carpet clean and re-gilding of Eucharist vessels pending.
10.2. Lock on back door of Parish Centre needs attention.
Holy Trinity: 10.3. Patronal Festival, good occasion, well attended.
10.4 Photo of stained glass window sent to advocate.
11. Other Reports:
11.1 Holy Trinity Ladies Guild
Bank balance $ 1407.66
Street stall raised $639.70
Morning tea for Frank & Beth Jackson 70th wedding anniversary and lunch for Patronal Festival.
Quiz with $3 entry, judged on 6th July.
11.2 Mothers’ Union.
Visit to Seymour for Flower Pot Day.
Shoe boxes required for packing gifts.
11.3. St George’s Ladies Guild.
Morning coffee with Uniting Ladies to be arranged.
Street stall 6th July.
MOTION: “That the Reports be received”
Moved: Mary Muntz. Seconded: Bev Leaf. Carried.
12. General Business:
12.1. Discussion on starting times.
MOTION: “That the July 17th meeting commence at 7.30 pm.”
Moved: Keith Schier. Seconded. Bev Leaf. Carried.
Next Meeting: Thursday 17th July. Hamon Parish Centre, Numurkah.
Meeting closed with the grace at 8.55 pm.
Minutes confirmed……………………………………………. Date