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December Vestry Meeting Highlights

Minutes of St. Paul’s Vestry Meeting

Wednesday, December 9, 2020


Monthly pledges were down for the month but still remain ahead for the year. Non pledge income is down $33k to date. Core expenses are $80k under budget, and the preschool loss is $165k. Some losses will be buffered by the PPP money received earlier in the year. 

With the retirement of staff members, the church is exercising caution before rehiring for those positions immediately. Currently, focus is on getting in next year’s pledges, so next year’s budget can be set. 


After December closes, the Vestry will be reviewing final bills to date versus dollars received to date. 


Pledges to date are $1961,718.30 from 452 pledging families. The goal for this year’s campaign is $2.25 million from 600 families. 

2021 BUDGET 

2021 budgeting is underway, but final numbers are incomplete, pending completion of this year’s stewardship campaign. Currently, the church has reached 87% of its goal for next year. 


Dixon announced the Christmas service plans. Advent Lessons and Carols will broadcast on Sunday night, December 20 at 7pm. In-person events planned on December 24 are: Stations of the Nativity at 10:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. At 5:00, a full service will be broadcast at 5:00 from the Nave. Christmas Day there will be Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. and a Noon day Prayer and Hymn Sing via Zoom at 12:00 noon. ‘Celebrating Winter’ Recording will be broadcast 5:00 p.m. by NC Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players 

St. Paul’s has been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places with an individual designation.

Preliminary discussions regarding repair and restoration of the plaster and stone damaged by water during the renovation of the 1928 building are underway. 


Clergy is busy planning and executing Christmas plans and offerings, as well as working with the Diocese Commission on Ministry. Men’s ministry is meeting via zoom every other week. Plans are underway for a youth trip in 2022. 


The Dalton Garden project is still in the bidding stage. All bills for the 1928 building less a few small charges have been received and paid. 


The Vestry Nominating Committee has been meeting and the slate will be finished and announced in early January.

You can view other Vestry Meeting Summaries here >>

Outreach in Advent: Collaboration and Community

This Advent, St. Paul’s is collaborating with community partners to respond to the needs of our neighbors. I pray that these opportunities will remind us all of the hope that is interwoven in the Advent season. If we ever needed the hopeful anticipation of Advent, this is the year! Thank you all for your support, and please contact me if you have any questions at

  1. Angel Tree for the Center of Hope: This year, St. Paul’s is sponsoring the Christmas Eve dinner at the Center of Hope, as well as gifts for children and families at the shelter. If you would like to provide gifts for a child at the shelter, simply sign up, and you will then be provided with the child’s name and gift details.Sign Up Here:
  2. Diaper Drive for Christ’s Beloved Community Pantry: Diapers can be a difficult expense for families struggling with economic hardship. We will again partner with Christ’s Beloved Community’s food pantry and deliver and distribute diapers to families on 12/17. Please click the link for the amazon wish list. Diapers will be delivered directly to St. Paul’s, and we will store them and deliver them to CBC on Thursday, December 17th.

    Purchase Diapers and Wipes Here:

Vestry Nominating Update

Vestry Nominating Committee Formed

Your vestry is pleased to announce that parishioners Steve Ashworth, Ted Goins, and Donna Hennessey have been elected by the Vestry to join outgoing Vestry members Henri Brown, Bill Orr, Richard Rogers, and Christine Storch to form this year’s Vestry Nominating Committee.

According to our new selection process, these parishioners were nominated by members of the parish and elected by those vestry members who do not serve on this year’s nominating committee.

The Vestry Nominating Committee is charged with selecting and recommending a slate of four candidates to serve on Vestry beginning in 2021. This year’s Vestry election will be held at the annual meeting, currently scheduled for February 2021.

Upcoming Needs of the Committee

The Vestry Nominating Committee requests that parishioners suggest names for Vestry service as soon as possible.

To submit a name electronically please visit:

If you prefer to send your suggestion by paper form:

1) Mail your form to Henri Brown, Senior Warden-St Paul’s, 520 Summit Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101, or

2) Put your Vestry Suggestion Form in the Wardens’ mailbox (located next to the second level reception desk), or

3) Scan the form and email it to Henri Brown, Senior Warden,

Halloween 2020 at St. Paul’s

Join us on October 31 for a range of activities.

Activities for Children

Join us for a Saint Scavenger Hunt at the Church finishing with a party bag of candy! Come in costume!  The Scavenger Hunt will be set up outside on October 31 from 3:00-5:30 pm, so you can come any time during that time. Then walk through the Daring Disciples “Haunted Playground” for families. At the Scavenger Hunt, families will have an opportunity to learn about some saints and “find’ them in the field by the playground.  All who find the saints, receive a bag of candy.  The Haunted Playground will be family friendly (and not too scary).

Youth-Led Activities

On Saturday, Oct 31 from 7 – 8:30 pm, the St. Paul’s EYC leaders will be sponsoring a drive-through experience inspired by one of the greatest movies of all time – Ghostbusters!  Families are invited to drive through the portico any time from 7 – 8:30 pm to see some of the most famous scenes from this cinematic masterpiece.  At the end, and youth or children in cars, will receive a goody bag.  For many who are not planning on participating in a traditional trick-or-treat, this is a great way to celebrate!

If you have any questions, please email Deacon Lauren at