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2016  ANNUAL  REPORT  
 

 

 

 
1444  LIBERTY  ST  SE.  
SALEM,  OR  97302    
503-­‐‑362-­‐‑3661  
WWW.STPAULSOREGON.ORG  
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

 
 
 
 
ANNUAL REPORT 2016

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ST.  PAUL’S  EPISCOPAL  CHURCH  
 
Contents  
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Annual  Meeting  Agenda  
 

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Rector’s  Report  
 

Senior  Warden’s  Report  

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Candidates  for  Vestry  

 

 

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Clerk  and  Diocesan  Representatives  
Reports  
Altar  Guild  
Arts  &  Architecture  
Breadbasket  Ministry  
Children’s  Ministries  
Curate  
Education  for  Ministry  (EfM)  
Food  Bank  
Goulet  Building  
Hospital  Ministry  
Interfaith  Hospitality  
Junior  Warden  
Music  Ministry  
Outreach  
Parish  Life  Ministries  
Property  Committee  
St.  Paul’s  Youth  (SPY)  
St.  Anne’s  Guild  
St.  Clare’s  Guild  
Rummage  Sale  Committee    
St.  Joseph’s  Guild  (Woodcutters)  
Ushers  
Wednesday  Morning  Men’s  Bible  Group  
Stewardship  Report  
Treasurer’s  Report  2016  

 

Appendix  
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Annual  Meeting  Minutes  for  2016  
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Pastoral  Services  Report  2016  
40         Services  Performed  2016  
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Financial  Report  
 
 

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Agenda  for  Annual  Meeting  for  2016  
January  29,  2017  
 
 
 
 
 

1. Call  to  Order  
Peter  Chamberlain,  Senior  Warden  
 

2. Opening  Prayer  
Mother  Anne  Emry,  Rector  
 

3. Approval  of  the  Minutes  of  the  2016  Annual  Meeting  
Peter  Chamberlain  
 

4. Introduction  of  Staff  and  Recognition  of  Volunteers  
Mother  Anne  
 

5. Election  of  the  Vestry  Members  and  Convention  Delegates  
Peter  Chamberlain  
 

6. Curate’s  report  on  Wednesday  Children’s  Formation  
Father  Zachary  Harmon,  Curate  
 

7. Report  on  Budget  and  Walton  House  property  
Peter  Chamberlain  
 

8. Presentation  of  the  Vestry-­‐‑approved  2017  Budget  
Kathy  Gordon,  Treasurer  
 

9. Rector’s  Report    
Mother  Anne  
 

10. Closing  Prayer  
Father  Zac  
 

11. Motion  to  Dissolve  the  Annual  Meeting  
 
 
 
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ST.  PAUL’S  EPISCOPAL  CHURCH  
“TO  KNOW  CHRIST  AND  TO  MAKE  HIM  KNOWN”  
 

RECTOR’S  REPORT  
 

Dear  Friends,  
 

We  are  beginning  our  third  year  together,  and  I  am  happy  to  say  I  don’t  
have  to  type  every  destination  into  my  GPS  or  map  app  anymore.  I  am  
beginning  to  know  my  way  around  Salem.  I  can  also  find  my  way  
around  the  St.  Paul’s  building!    
 

I  rejoice  in  the  vitality  and  ministry  of  St.  Paul’s  in  this  last  year.  
 

Ø Our  programs  of  community  engagement  and  service  are  
central  to  our  ministry—Interfaith  Hospitality  Network,  
Christmas  Share,  our  support  of  the  Jason  Lee  Food  Bank,  the  
youth  Mission  Trips,  our  fundraising  through  the  Rummage  
Sale  and  the  Guilds  of  St.  Anne’s,  St.  Clare’s,  Music  and  
Woodcutters,  our  hosting  of  a  refugee  family  from  Somalia  (a  
huge  effort),  the  making  and  sale  of  the  Chi-­‐‑yo  rolls;  support  of  
Kairos  Soup  kitchen  and  Simonka  House—all  are  thriving.  We  
house  many,  many  Anonymous  meetings  for  AA,  NA,  and  OA.  
Our  Hospital  volunteers  and  Bread  Basket  volunteers  continue  
to  make  a  big  difference  to  people.  Some  of  our  building  
maintenance  is  done  by  the  Independent  Living  Program:  a  job  program  for  developmentally  
disabled  adults.  We  have  also  embarked  on  a  new  refugee  ministry  of  language  tutoring.  
 

Ø The  fellowship  that  knits  us  together  as  a  community  has  been  expressed  in  many  joyful  events:  
Wednesday  night  dinners,  Mardi  Gras  pancake  supper  with  the  ever  popular  burning  of  the  
palms  to  make  ashes  for  the  next  day,  St.  Patrick’s  dinner,  Bingo  Night,  the  Cinco  de  Mayo  dinner,  
the  Bishop’s  Visitation  and  brunch,  our  ice  cream  social  on  the  patio,  the  summer  potluck  and  our  
Parish  Picnic  complete  with  massive  bubbles!  
 

Ø Our  worship  is  beautiful  and  
uplifting  whether  it  is  quiet  Morning  
Prayer  or  a  high  Holy  Day.  Our  
children  and  youth  have  contributed  
greatly  this  year  by  expressing  their  
ideas  during  the  children’s  sermon,  
by  helping  tell  the  story  of  the  
Nativity  during  the  Christmas  Eve  
pageant,  and  most  notably  the  
youth-­‐‑led  Easter  Vigil  service  
(followed  by  a  dance  party)!  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ø Our  building  supports  our  ministry  too—this  year  our  big  project  was  remodeling  Room  1  (where  
the  Primary  Choir  meets),  and  repurposing  the  new  Craft  Room  off  of  Steinberg  Hall  for  use  on  
Wednesday  afternoons.  It  is  a  little  brighter  here  because  of  new,  environmentally  smart,  
economical  LED  lights  in  the  Nave  and  on  the  Myers  Street  walkway.  The  parking  lots  are  newly  
smooth,  striped,  and  free  of  potholes.  Looking  forward,  the  Property  Committee  is  planning  for  
major  projects  like  painting,  carpeting  and  the  ever-­‐‑looming  roof  replacement.    
 

There  are  so  many  ways  St.  Paul’s  is  a  joyful  part  of  the  Body  of  Christ,  so  many  ways  we  live  out  our  
ministries  together.  Our  relationship  has  grown,  and  I  am  blessed  to  have  each  and  every  one  of  you  as  a  
companion  on  our  spiritual  journey.  So,  where  do  we  go  from  here?  
 

Mission  Street  and  Market  Street  
I  have  been  thinking  about  the  streets  we  travel,  and  the  neighborhood  around  us.  Like  many  cities,  
Salem  has  a  Mission  Street,  and  a  Market  Street.  They  are  main  streets,  literally,  and  also  metaphorically.    
 

Ø Mission  Street  represents  our  purpose.  
 

Ø Market  Street  represents  how  we  achieve  our  purpose.    

 

My  question  is:  which  street  do  we,  the  people  of  St.  Paul’s,  spend  more  time  traveling  on?  Which  street  
is  our  major  route?    
 

Every  day,  we  struggle  with  which  street  we  are  going  to  travel.  There  often  comes  a  time  during  
meetings  of  the  Finance  and  Budget  committee,  or  the  Vestry,  when  somebody  says:  “we  have  to  run  the  
church  like  a  business!”  That  statement  puts  us  squarely  on  Market  Street,  and  we  start  making  decisions  
to  cut  back,  to  worry  about  the  bottom  line,  to  sacrifice  our  ministry  to  our  balance  sheet.  But  we  need  to  
be  clear;  the  church  is  not  a  business.  
 

I  don’t  want  to  wipe  Market  Street  off  of  the  map!  Our  Stewardship  team  has  invited  every  member  to  
make  a  pledge  of  support  for  the  mission  of  this  church-­‐‑-­‐‑$5,  $20,  $100,  or  more—weekly,  monthly,  or  a  
one-­‐‑time  donation.  Just  over  half  of  our  members  have  responded  with  an  increase  of  numbers  and  size  
of  pledge.  These  are  gratefully  received  but  they  are  not  currently  enough  to  keep  us  on  both  Market  
Street  and  Mission  Street.  I  firmly  believe  that  we  must  follow  best  practices,  and  safeguard  our  future—
but  if  we  only  travel  on  Market  Street,  what  is  the  future  of  St.  Paul’s  Episcopal  Church?  We  are  a  place  of  
beauty,  but  not  a  museum.  We  are  a  place  of  music,  but  not  a  concert  hall.  We  are  a  place  of  education,  
but  not  a  school.  Our  ministry  has  many  expressions  of  our  mission  to  know  Christ  and  make  Him  
known:  we  are  dedicated  to  our  worship  of  God,  to  reach  out  to  those  in  need,  and  to  respect  the  dignity  
of  every  human  being.    
 

Mapping  St.  Paul’s  Future  
Based  on  a  broad  discernment  process  (compiled  in  the  parish  profile),  the  community  of  St.  Paul’s  is  
committed  to:  excellence  in  worship,  to  spiritual  growth,  to  pastoral  care,  to  fellowship  and  service  to  our  
community,  and  to  welcoming  newcomers,  families  and  children.  Right  now,  we  have  a  wonderful  staff  
of  people  fully  committed  to  doing  the  work  of  the  church,  and  supporting  our  lay  leaders  and  
volunteers.  Do  we  really  want  to  take  this  moment  to  lessen  our  support  for  them?  To  return  to  our  
pattern  of  deferred  maintenance  of  our  building?  I  hope  and  pray  we  do  not.  The  current  budget  plan  
took  sweat  and  sharp  pencils  to  achieve,  and  I  am  grateful  to  our  leadership  for  the  effort.  The  anticipated  
revenue  and  expenses  nearly  balance.  If  we  want  to  travel  Market  Street,  we  have  just  about  reached  our  
destination.  But,  are  we  swerving  away  from  Mission  Street?    

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Ø In  the  Senior  Warden’s  report,  Peter  Chamberlain  details  the  hard  choices  made  by  the  Vestry  and  
Finance/Budget  committees  in  response  to  the  many  expressions  of  dismay  over  last  year’s  deficit  
budget.  Last  year’s  budget  was  a  statement  of  faith  made  in  support  of  a  new  vision,  but  it  
disturbed  many  of  you.    
 

Ø The  current  budget  may  also  disturb  you,  for  the  opposite  reason.  We  are  planning  to  operate  on  
less,  which  means  asking  our  staff  to  do  more  for  less  compensation,  no  cost-­‐‑of-­‐‑living  increase,  
significantly  fewer  benefits,  and  with  fewer  resources.  One  example:  instead  of  an  additional  
clergy  person  leading  the  Children’s  Ministry,  we  have  allocated  quarter-­‐‑time  for  a  staff  member,  
with  unspecified  time  committed  by  your  existing  clergy  team.      
 

Liberty  Street  and  High  Street  
Many  faithful  people  have  built  our  church,  and  rebuilt  it  as  the  times  have  changed.  We  have  been  
supported  through  planned  giving/bequests  from  faithful  parishioners,  and  we  have  resources  of  
endowment  and  property.  Our  lay  leadership,  clergy  and  staff  are  tasked  with  building  up  the  ministry  
and  vitality  of  St.  Paul’s  in  a  challenging  time  and  place.  Our  mission  is  achievable  with  God’s  help,  and  
our  energy  and  resources.  We  are  on  Liberty  Street  and  High  Street;  which  is  perfect.  We  have  freedom,  
and  a  high  calling.  Both  roads  intersect  with  Mission  Street,  which  may  be  a  message  from  the  people  
who  built  St.  Paul’s  to  be  the  church  that  we  treasure  now.    
 

We  will  find  our  way  with  our  own  special  GPS—our  Godly  Positioning  Spirit.  The  Holy  Spirit  is  fully  
present  at  St.  Paul’s,  and  always  guiding  and  inspiring  us.  I  pray  that  we  will  keep  faith  with  each  other  
in  mutual  support  and  ministry.  Our  riches  can  never  be  counted  or  measured.  May  God  bless  you  and  
keep  you.  May  God  bless  St.  Paul’s  Episcopal  Church.  
 

Grace  and  Peace,  

 

 

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SENIOR  WARDEN’S  REPORT  
 

Personally,  as  a  lifelong  member  of  St.  Paul’s,  I  would  like  to  say  it  
warms  my  heart  to  witness  the  increased  vitality  and  welcoming  
sprit  of  our  church  community.    
 

Ø Our  worship  and  music  on  Sunday  morning  is  engaging  and  
inspiring.    
Ø Our  ministry  to  and  with  children,  youth  and  young  families  
is  increasingly  important,  and  increasingly  joyful  and  has  a  
new  start  with  the  support  of  parents.    
Ø There  is  a  varied  and  full  calendar  of  Sunday  Coffee  Classes,  
bible  study,  Education  for  Ministry,  and  a  planned  
spirituality  day  to  engage  us  in  spiritual  growth.          
 

Our  many  Outreach  ministries  are  an  important  part  of  how  we  
express  our  faith.    For  many  years,  the  use  of  our  next-­‐‑door  former  
rectory  as  a  guesthouse  for  families  with  loved  ones  in  Salem  
Hospital,  has  been  important  to  the  larger  community.  As  we  have  
discussed  on  several  occasions  this  year,  the  Walton  Guest  House  
has  officially  closed  its  doors,  and  transferred  the  ministry  to  a  new  
building  on  the  Salem  Health  campus.  It’s  been  such  a  wonderful  
ministry,  and  there  are  so  many  people,  both  inside  and  outside  of  
our  Parish,  to  thank  for  the  good  and  blessed  work  it  has  provided.  As  the  Walton  Guest  House  was  
closing  its  doors,  the  Walton  Guest  House  board  presented  St.  Paul’s  with  a  very  generous  gift  of  money  
to  be  used  towards  new  outreach  here  at  St.  Paul’s.  We  thank  the  board  members  for  their  generosity.  
 

We  have  made  a  concerted  effort  this  year  to  educate  parishioners  on  two  key  markers  that  affect  the  
financial  health  of  the  Parish:  
 

Ø It  is  important  to  make  a  pledge  versus  a  contribution.    A  pledge  will  allow  the  Budget/Finance  
committee  to  count  on  those  dollars  when  developing  our  annual  budget.    Even  though  a  
contribution  is  equally  important  to  our  bottom  line,  we  can  only  guess  about  those  contributions  
when  developing  our  annual  budget.      
Ø It  is  important  to  grow  the  number  of  people  who  participate  in  financially  supporting  the  
ministry  of  St.  Paul’s.  Currently,  only  54%  of  all  parishioners/families  make  any  sort  of  financial  
contribution  to  our  church.    We  are  grateful  for  that  number,  as  it  represents  the  commitment  of  
so  many.  Giving  to  St.  Paul’s  is  good  for  your  spiritual  growth,  and  we  hope  that  in  the  years  
ahead  we  can  say  that  80%  of  our  members  participate  in  giving  at  whatever  level  is  appropriate  
for  them.  It  is  an  important  way  we  support  each  other  and  express  our  belief  in  the  vision  and  
ministry  of  our  Church.  

 

Our  financial  gifts  are  an  important  part  of  our  participation  in  the  ministry  and  life  of  our  Church.  This  
year  our  Stewardship  Committee  offered  an  especially  inspiring  and  strategic  plan  to  listen  to  our  
members  and  develop  a  shared  vision  of  how  we  allocate  our  resources.    We  all  owe  a  tremendous  
amount  of  gratitude  to  the  entire  Stewardship  Committee  for  their  dedication;  thank  you  Michelle  
Malinowski,  Pat  Moss,  Doonie  Mulligan,  Ray  Phipps,  and  Charles  Varner.  A  special  thank  you  to  Becky  
Nielson  for  her  leadership  in  organizing  this  committee  and  creating  a  workable  structure  for  us  to  follow  
ongoing.  I  hear  they  also  had  a  really  good  time  at  their  meetings.  
 

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