«As we begin our Annual Meeting, let us pray to God that he will guide us, help us, sustain us and keep us together and focused through today and this ...»
Annual Church Meeting
January 18, 2015
Saint Augustine’s Episcopal Church
1709 Arctic Ave
PO Box 1657
Atlantic City NJ 08401
Brenda M. Harris, Senior Warden
Cheryl D. Browne, Junior Warden
“Connecting People to People, Connecting People to God”
The Parish of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
Atlantic City, New Jersey
January 18, 20115
As we begin our Annual Meeting, let us pray to God that he will guide us, help us, sustain us and keep us together and focused through today and this coming year.
Opening Prayer +St. Augustine’s remembers Its Faithful Departed+ Introduction of Tellers-Voting Rules Election of Officers Senior Warden Report Treasurer’s Report Junior Warden’s Report Election of Convention & Convocation Delegates Election of Mission Board Officers Tabulation Introduction of New Officers Submission of all Reports by Title-Please read your reports in your free time. If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate Chairperson.
Good and Order Closing Prayer Saint Augustine’s Episcopal Church Annual Church Meeting January 18, 2015 Order of Reports Directory of 2014 St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church Leadership Faithful Departed Senior Warden’s Report Treasurer’s Report Junior Warden’s Report Altar Guild Report Azarel Computer Institute Report Choir Lay Eucharistic Report Episcopal Church Women’s Report Mission Board Report Usher’s Report Welcomer’s Ministry Report Youth Ministry Report Please take the time to read the reports. Thank You Directory of Saint Augustine’s Leadership Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey The Right Reverend Bishop William “Chip” Stokes The Vestry The Wardens Brenda M. Harris -Senior Warden Cheryl D. Browne -Junior Warden Vestry Rita B. Krall-Treasurer Annette C. Murray-Clerk of the Vestry Jennifer D. Couthen Mortimer F. Mills Annette Perkins Shawn Phillips Vivian Robinson Staff Parish Administrator Cheryl D. Browne Church Treasurer Rita B. Krall Sexton Elvis “Willie” Agudo Sunday School Superintendant Annette C. Murray Organist Troy Brown Delegates to the Convention & Convocation Alternates Brenda M. Harris Gay McArthur Juanita Jo
Episcopal Church Women Shawn Phillips, President Omita Mills-Corresponding Secretary Ellen Simpson Ford-Vice President Annette Perkins-Treasurer Alfreda Mills- Recording Secretary Betty Currie-Chaplain
ST. AUGUSTINE’S FAITHFUL DEPARTEDFor the Year of Our Lord 2014 O God, the King of Saints, we praise and glorify your name for all your servants who have finished their course in your faith and fear; for the holy patriarchs, prophets, apostles and martyrs; and for all other righteous persons known to us especially ----and unknown; and we pray that, encouraged by their fellowship, we also may be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; through the merits of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
May their soul and the souls of all the departed through the mercy of God rest in peace, And may light perpetual shine upon them. + AMEN.
SENIOR WARDEN’S ANNUAL REPORT2014 “New Year, New Mindset” We welcome the New Year as a “New” beginning and a new mindset. All Praise, Honor, Glory and Thanksgiving to Our Lord Jesus Christ for another year of existence and survival here at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church.
The theme for the year is taken from Ephesians 4:23- “You must be made new in your hearts and in your thinking (ERV)”. There is much that has been done, but, so much more needs to be done if we are to fulfill the expectations of ourselves and our Lord Jesus Christ.
One of my favorite sayings is, “To whom much is given, much is required.” We have been blessed with so much from God. What we have accomplished, we have done with a few volunteers. We must now change our mindset that everyone in the church must be a part of the church and take part in the outreach and activities of the church.
We must change our mindset. We can no longer just come to church, say a few words and go home for the rest of the week and do nothing. When you are called upon to help out, you must be willing to help with a joyful heart. Can you imagine Jesus doing the things he does for us grudgingly? Where would we be?
We have been able to continue with successful programs throughout the year:
Black History Month Voter Registration Easter Egg Hunt Women’s Day Week-end ECW Tea Harvest Thanksgiving Service Vacation Bible School Feed the Hungry Thanksgiving Dinner World Day of Prayer Donations to Ancora Hospital Graduation Sunday Fruit Baskets to the Sick & Shut-in Children’s Sabbath Azarel Computer Institute Altar Guild Day Christmas Party Usher’s Day Christmas Eve Service My grateful THANKS TO ALL who headed, volunteered and worked on the various programs. THANK YOU also to Lay Readers, Lay Eucharistic Visitors, Ushers, Welcomers and the Choir. The attendance for Stations of the Cross increased. THANK YOU to those who volunteered to give a message during those weeks. Five persons were confirmed and one baptism this past year by The Right Reverend William “Chip” Stokes, Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey I am extremely grateful to THE REVEREND CANON DR. NOEL AMADI and THE REVEREND G. DOUGLAS EBERLY for being part of our family and supplying for us whenever possible. THANK YOU also to COMCAST for helping to sponsor some of the classes at our Azarel Computer Institute. GRATEFUL THANKS to MR. RONALD FLUELLEN for his donation of a parcel of land to the church located on Disston Ave.
THANK YOU TO OUR VESTRY for your continued guidance and support. My grateful and sincere THANKS TO OUR Junior Warden, CHERYL D. BROWNE, for her invaluable help, fortitude and support, not only to me but to the church. Because of her efforts we have been able to maintain and improve upon the church and rectory. It is a tremendous job to take on old buildings and yet because of her efforts it has been done.
We are about to embark on a new chapter of our church life. We have called a new shepherd in the person of, The Reverend Ryan A. Boyce, who is scheduled to begin here the first Sunday in March. HALLELUJAH! PRAISE THE LORD! He is a young, vibrant priest with new ideas, a new vision and focus. We must be willing and ready to help him, help us move forward. We must be willing and ready to help and assist him in any positive way we can, as he leads us to do God’s bidding. We cannot hear from God in the midst of distrust, strife, and dissension.
We must refuse to dread what is to be done. Let us greet each day with a right attitude and a thankful heart, that we have a Savior who is ready to save us and has sent someone to lead us.
May God Bless us, Guide us and give us the wisdom to do what He would have us to do.
When I first started out to write this report, there were so many things I wanted to say, but as I looked back over other Junior Warden reports, I noticed that I have been saying the same thing over and over and over again, so apparently we just don’t want to get it. New Year, New Mind calculations.
This year has been a very trying year, as I wrestled with the continued disrespect of my leadership position by the same few who seem to hold a level of contempt in their heart that evidently just won’t change. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind”. I continually pray to God for His help in these matters. I have received embarrassing phone calls-for which the person later apologized for their misunderstanding of the trail of events. I was accused of locking the bathrooms at the rectory, when the persons involved clearly knew that the bathrooms had been available since 9:42am that morning. Both the Senior Warden and I are not made aware of direct needs for events until the day before an event and sometime the same day. Jesus was constantly persecuted so what would make me think a mere child of the Most Great, that I would be any different. 2 Corinthians 4:16 tells us, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day”. I love the Lord!
This year we painted the outside back of the building, put new drains in, and worked continually on this flat roof, which never seems to be repaired. We put all new window settings insets around the parish hall windows and changed all the high lighting in the church and outside-someone keeps stealing our lightbulbs out of the front lamps. We constantly struggle with keeping people off the lot, either parking or playing and due to the constant skate boarders we had to redo the side entrance cement wall. We have had a bigger than usual problem with a newer element of drug addicts, once defecating on the lot outside the back door and needles over by the sewerage.
We temporarily cemented the back wall until we can afford to redo the whole thing and repainted the ramp. We’ve-painted the front door entrance lids and the side door. At the rectory we installed a new back door, both screen and entrance door, clean the carpet, repaired the irrigation system, installed new sprinkler clock and other various repairs to keep it in order. Lots of work left to do over there. “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth-Col. 3:2”.
The stove is working on both sides, we have fully refurbished the stove and it can be fully utilized, also we have begun to hang pictures of our history down the hallway (a project I hope to finish this year with the coming of a new priest). The air conditioning system has been repaired at the rectory, with a new fan and switch. The refrigerators are finally officially fixed, hopefully we will take better care of keeping them in shape.
All of these Junior Warden duties, while also fully participating at a Diocesan level, working 60 or more hours as Parish Administrator and also trying to sustain funding to get a priest. We as Wardens have worked very hard, Brenda Harris our Senior Warden just retired December 30th, which means she worked a full time job also and then came to church to meet and do things that are needed to be done around the church- “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth”-John 17:17. At this point I am still wondering why these select few think we need to justify our positions, when we have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
We have been able to sustain over a quarter of a million dollars in funding for this church over a four year period that will require all hands on deck, we have kept the doors open and outreach and programming consistent throughout the four years of the loss of our last priest- Let’s not continue with the same mindset- 1 Peter 5:8-9 tells us, “Be soberminded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith”. Do not be that person that the devil can devour instead, stay watchful for the works of Christ, so our church may grow and thrive.
We are entering into another new beginning with the calling of The Reverend Ryan A. Boyce, know that the same mind-set will not be tolerated either on a local level or Diocesan level-that we must change. These are the things we should be thinking about for
our church in the coming year:
1. How will I become richer with the Spirit?
2. Is what I am doing for my church enough to sustain it?
3. Am I bringing the right attitude through the church door?
4. Have I truly committed myself to the Lord’s work, like He has committed His son to me?
5. Am I gossiping, backbiting or spreading hatred when I talk about my church and members in public?
6. Do I want to get in Heaven and am I on the right path?
7. Do I volunteer to lead or attend Bible study?
8. When’s the last time I participated in Stations of the Cross?
9. Am I respectful to the leadership of the church?
10. Am I a catalytic agent of God who works with people to help them grow and develop?
11. Do I offer to lead anything without an alternative motive or am I doing it because it is the right thing to do by God?
12. Do I believe that I have made all the right choices in my spiritual journey with Christ?
These are just some of the questions we should be thinking about, and though I know some will say, “Who is she to tell me what I should be asking myself”, know this I am not telling you, I am asking you to ask yourself these questions and act on them. We all fall and get up, don’t be the stumbling block that forbids our church from moving forward- Ephesians 4:23- “You must be made new in your hearts and in your thinking (ERV)”. God bless Saint Augustine’s Episcopal Church and the Diocese of New Jersey.
Prayerfully submitted, Cheryl D. Browne Cheryl D. Browne Junior Warden P.S. The church name is spelled
Altar Guild Annual Report 2014 THE Altar Guild of St Augustine's Church is grateful to God for another year in this ministry!
Altar Guild ministry prepares for and assist at all worship services in the church. Members launder linens, care for clerical vestments and vessels, polish brass and furniture, dust and sweep, change hangings, flowers, and candles, provide wine and bread for the sacraments and do all things necessary for the worship of Almighty God.
This year we welcomed new members Millie Almeida, Ronique Phillips and Mortimer Mills into our fellowship. They were installed by The Reverend.
Ryan Boyce of Barbados. We thank God for their service!
As always we thank our church family and friends for their support and their donations of flowers, candles, purchases of Forward Day by Day and calendars, donations to the votive stand and their monetary gifts! God Bless you all!
Thanks to our guest clergy for their guidance and support! Special thanks to The Reverend Canon Dr. Noel Amadi for always being there!
New members are always needed and welcomed!