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

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