New Chapter Members, New Initiatives, A Solid Financial Report: Annual Meeting

Four candidates were elected to serve three-year terms on the chapter, the Cathedral's board of directors, at the Annual Meeting on January 28, when the congregation heard a financial report, an update from the wardens, and comments from Dean Morris about the state of St. Peter's. Elected were Ray McColgan, Samantha Nevins, Gary Patterson, and Hillary Peete. Later, at an organizational meeting, the newly-constituted chapter elected Lucas Fleming to fill a one-year term created by the resignation of chapter member Neal Ward. "These are the people who have the skills, the wisdom, the time, and the energy to lead St. Peter’s to become all that it can be as a stable, well-resourced, creative, and growing faith community," said Judy Stark, chair of the nominating committee, in presenting the slate. "We place their names before you with pride and confidence."

Junior Warden's Report: Repairs and Parking
Retiring junior warden Rick MacAulay enumerated the various repair and improvement projects over the last year: roofing, landscaping, and lighting along Second Avenue N, air-conditioning, new thermostats in the sanctuary, water-intrusion repairs. The sound booth in the back of the sanctuary, which we no longer use, will be disassembled in the near future. He announced that the owners of the Princess Martha Hotel, who also own the second and third floors of our building, are about to start building out the second and third floors, including the installation of an elevator. Be prepared for construction noise and debris. In good news for our perennial parking challenges, he reported that the Princess Martha intends to build a 180-space parking garage on the vacant lot directly south of the Cathedral, and we will have some spaces there. That will help as the city reduces the number of spaces we are allowed to lease in the surface lot on Second Avenue S from the current 16 to six spaces in 2020.

Senior Warden's Report: Setting New Goals
Senior warden Susan Churuti described the ways in which the Chapter is moving to put our various operating documents in order, complying with them and with our canonical duties as a cathedral. She provided an update on the strategic planning process in which the Chapter has been engaged for the last several months, seeking input from ministry leaders and from the congregation via listening sessions and a survey. The Chapter will go back to each of our ministry groups with ideas that finance and fund-raising; increasing and strengthening our congregation through evangelism; developing sustainable youth and family programs and activities; and living into our role as a Cathedral and worship leader for the diocese.

Treasurer's Report: Bridging Peterborough Gap
Treasurer Tim Lanz presented a financial report, noting that in April we will hold a "Numbers Night" to drill deeply into every line item in the budget for those who have detailed questions."We want to ask them to be involved in goal-setting," she said. "It seems a long process, but it's better to have buy-in."

Dean's Report: Thanks for This Community
The dean offered thanks for the work of the clergy and lay staff and of the many volunteers who offer faithful, prayerful, and creative leadership. "What I experience every day is a healthy, vibrant community that continues our journey of wholeness," he said "No one person could manage it or create it, and I love being a part of it. There may be another dean who enjoys his or her congregation more than I do, but I don't know who that person could be."

The meeting closed with a video showing the life and activities at the Cathedral over the last year. You can view it here: click here