Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rochester Monroe District Minutes For May 12, 2011

Church of the Ascension

The May 12, 2011 meeting of the Rochester Monroe District was held at the Church of the Ascension with 38 people present.

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. by Warden Gary Gocek.

Opening: The Very Rev. Lance Robbins opened the meeting with prayer. Members of Ascension shared the news of a new rector having been selected. They had also prepared refreshments for the group.

Minutes and Agenda: Minutes were accepted with a correction to spelling of Gary Gocek’s last name. The agenda was amended to include Old Business.

Old Business: Oral and written grant reports were provided for the following grants: St. Mark’s and St. John’s, Grace Church, St Thomas and Two Saints, St John’s, St. Paul’s. and St. George’s.

New Business:

Creation Week Camp: The Rev David Grant Smith and Ms Linda Raide presented a report on the camp, its activities, and funding. They hope to have 80 campers this summer and are seeking support from local parishes, individuals, and other donations to offset the cost of $535.00 per child as children are asked to pay a fee of $275.00 if they are able. Campers are not turned away if the cannot pay. Registration packets have already been sent to parishes and more forms were made available at the meeting.

The following resolution was approved: Be it resolved that the following amounts be allocated to the following parishes for the stated programs:
  • St. Mark’s and St. John’s for Godly Play items for New Christian Resource Center. $900.00
  • St. Mark’s and St. John’s, Dorothy Barnes, Rochester District Youth Missioner, Transformers, Meeting Eye to Eye, Community Garden $750.00
  • St Mark’s, Penn Yan Creation Week Camp Scholarship Fund $1000.00
  • Total: $2,650.00

 Small Group Discussion was tabled.


The Very Rev. Michael Hopkins stated that the installation of himself as the Rochester Dean, and The Rev. Cindy Rasmussen in her role in urban ministry will be on June 16, 2011 at 7p.m. at the Church of the Ascension by the Rt. Rev. Prince Singh

The Very Rev Lance Robbins announced that June 26, 2011 would the Diocesan Day at Sea Breeze with a Eucharist at 9 a.m. with a day a Sea Breeze to follow. More information is on the Diocesan web site and will be sent to parishes. The Bishop is urging clergy participation.

There will be a Stewardship Conference on September 17 from 9 – noon at Hobart William Smith College in Geneva.

Mr. Padraic Collins-Boher said that Christ Church, Rochester is a club pass venue for the Jazz Festival from June 10 -18. Volunteer Ushers are needed from 5:15 – 10:30 for the 6:45 and 8:45 performances. On June 12 there will be a Jazz Mass for the 11 a.m. service

Ms Sarah reported that the Diocesan Council is working on congregation redevelopment and a new grant process for diocesan grants. She also stated that there are numerous openings for clergy and lay members to serve on a variety of commissions and Diocesan Council. Monroe District clergy and lay representatives for Diocesan Council will be elected at the October meeting.


The next Rochester Monroe District Meeting will be at St. Luke’s, Fairport. The date will be determined by the Diocese as that will be the pre-convention meeting.

Submitted by,

Sharon Del Vecchio Therkildsen

Rochester Monroe District Secretary

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Agenda For May 12th District Meeting

Rochester Monroe District Meeting
Thursday, May 12, 2011
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Church of the Ascension
2 Riverside Street, Rochester, NY 14613

Call to Order: Warden Gary Gocek (5 minutes)

Welcome and Opening Prayer: Clergy/ Members of Ascension (10 minutes)

Acceptance of Minutes and Approval of Agenda: Warden Gary Gocek
(5 minutes)

Old Business: None

New Business:
  • Creation Camp – The Rev. David Smith ( 20 minutes)
  • Grants – Warden Gary Gocek (15 minutes )
  • Small Group Discussions: The Very Rev. Lance Robbins (20 minutes)
    • Radical Hospitality
    • Creative Mission
    • Passionate Spirituality

Sharing Small Group Ideas: The Very Rev. Lance Robbins (20 minutes)

Announcements: Warden Gary Gocek (10 minutes)



Next Meeting: TBA

Minutes From February 10th District Meeting

Rochester Monroe District Minutes
February 10, 2011
Christ Church, Pittsford

The February 10, 2011 meeting of the Rochester Monroe District was held at Christ Church, Pittsford with 53 people present.

The meeting was called to order at 7:04 p.m. by Warden Bonnie Hallman-Dye.

The Rev. Winifred Collin opened the meeting with prayer and introduced Rev. Chris Streeter, thanking him for providing the refreshments. She then introduced Pam Burch, the head of outreach, who spoke about the Faith in Action network. There are numerous examples of faith in action throughout our area. Pam invited further communication by contacting her through email at pburch@rochester.rr.com

Minutes and Agenda
The minutes of the December 9, 2010 meeting were accepted and the agenda was approved.

Old Business:
  1. Gary Goeck was elected by acclamation to fulfill the term of Neil Houghton as Warden of the Monroe District. The term expires in December 2011.

New Business:
  1. Public Policy: A presentation was made by Bob Crystal of the Public Policy Committee.
On April 30, 2011 the 10th Annual Public Policy Luncheon for Parish Contacts will be held at St. Michael’s in Geneseo. David Cay Johnson will be the luncheon speaker on topic “Biblically Based budgeting: What do our taxes pay for?”

Each parish was asked to do something for Public Policy Sunday in considering the church’s place in the public policy forum. Several examples were shared.
  1. The following resolution was approved:

February 10, 2011 Be it Resolved that the warden, delegates, and clergy of the Rochester Monroe district thanks Mr. Neil Houghton for his outstanding leadership and many years of service to us.

We have grown in our sense of service and true leadership under his guidance as well as in our knowledge of diocesan ministries. We are deeply grateful for you and appreciate your work and presence with us.

It is with deep regret that we accept your resignation. May God continue to support and guide you in your future ministries with us and to the wider church.
  1. New Delegates Orientation: The deans and wardens asked delegates to share their thoughts and insights with new delegates and alternates.
  2. Review of the Grant Process: Warden Gary Gocek presented an overview of the grant application process and funding criteria. Canon Julie Cicora spoke to the Diocesan grant process.
  3. Book Discussion: The Very Rev. Cynthia Rasmussen facilitated the discussion of chapters 4-6 of I Refuse to Lead a Dying Church. Small group insights were shared around the need for balance, a broadening of the focus of outreach, and seeking the movement of the Spirit.

  1. Anti-racism training has been mandated by the national church and diocese for all those in leadership roles. Registration materials were sent to clergy, delegates, and parish offices with the Rochester Monroe District December Minutes.
  2. Two Saints offers a noon service. All are welcome.
  3. There is a Synod Gathering for Province 2 on May 5and 6. Links are on the Diocesan website.
  4. The Episcopal Church Foundation is planning to rebuild the cathedral in Haiti – there are ways for individuals and parishes to become involved.
  5. Everyone is asked to update their information for the diocesan data base if you have not already completed the form online or hard copy.
  6. Diocesan Grant applications have been emailed to parishes, delegates, and clergy.
  7. Please note the correct email for The Very Rev Lance Robbins: lrobbins3714@aol.com
  8. Next Meeting: Thursday May 12, 2011 at the Church of the Ascension., 2 Riverside St. Rochester.
  9. Pre – Convention Meeting date will be set by the diocese. The meeting will be held at St. Luke’s, Fairport.

Compline: The Rev. Chris Streeter led the group in closing prayer.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Submitted by,
Sharon Del Vecchio Therkildsen
Rochester Monroe District Secretary.