Please make a special effort to join the whole congregation for our Annual Meeting. A quorum of 50 people is required. On this day we will have a 9:00am Zoom watch party of our Sunday morning service (which can also be watched independently at a time convenient for you, as usual). Afterward, we will meet in the same link over Zoom for Annual Meeting, at which we will reflect spiritually about the previous year, elect new vestry members and ECMN Convention delegates, review the budget for the coming year, and engage in joy and celebrating as a community. Also within the Annual Meeting time, we will have a special meeting for the purpose of asking St. John’s to approve the scheduled refinance of our mortgage this spring (See below for more info). There will be no Sunday school. Every year we elect new members to the vestry – our church’s governing body or board of directors – to replace members whose terms are expiring. Serving on vestry is an important way to give back to our community by providing leadership after engaging in other aspects of St. John’s community life.
The following members are leaving the vestry in January, having completed their service:
Senior Warden Allen Gooch, Jane Gilgun, Beka Gonzalez-Olson, Kaitlin McDonald, Jane Haakenstad (Clerk) and Michael Morrow (Treasurer).
The vestry nominations slate (all positions are uncontested):
Senior Warden: Stacy Walters
Junior Warden (2-year term; becomes Senior Warden in January 2022): Mark LIndberg
3 vestry members (3-year terms that end January 2024): Dick Howard, Laura Meister and Kathryn Olsonn
1 vestry member (unexpired 1-year term that ends January 2022): Tim Rowe
Positions appointed by the Vestry:
Treasurer: Kathy Schweikart
Clerk: Ginny Jacobson
The convention delegates:
5 delegate (3-year term that ends in January 2024): John Corlett, Beka Gonzalez-Olson, Sally Johnson, Laura Meister, Doug Mensing
2 alternates: Kay Kramer, Mike Walters
All members of St. John’s are eligible to vote remotely at our virtual January 24th annual meeting, when this election will be held. Please join us in thanking both incoming and outgoing vestry members for their service to St John’s.
St. John’s will have a virtual Special Congregational Meeting on January 24, 2021 at 10:45 am over Zoom (within the Annual Meeting time), for the purpose of asking St. John’s to approve the scheduled refinance of our mortgage this spring. Thanks to your generosity, we have done an extraordinary job paying down the mortgage, whose original balance was just under $1,000,000. This spring when the loan term expires, we will need to refinance the remaining balance (approximately $300,000), as had been planned from the outset. It is possible, though unlikely, that we may wish to increase this amount by $50,000 to cover the costs of needed chapel repairs. We believe we are well positioned to secure and pay off this mortgage, as we were with the existing one.
Please plan to attend this Special Congregational Meeting on January 24, 2021 at 10:45 (beginning with the Annual Meeting at 10:00am) to get more information about this including the chapel repair needs, hear about our current solid financial status, and discuss and vote on this mortgage refinance.
Lisa Wiens Heinsohn, Rector
Michael Morrow, Treasurer
Allen Gooch, Senior Warden
Stacy Walters, Junior Warden