The meeting was held at St. John’s Catholic Church on
Friday, January 16th and was called
to order at approximately 3:20 pm by Chair, Sarah Thurow,
following a light repast presented
Sarah Thurow, Chair; Mary Morganti, Vice Chair; Sherry Johnson, Secretary;
Father Robert Wolf, Pastoral Administrator; Nancy & Bob O’Donnell, Pat
Huntzinger, Mary Jane LaBelle, Rolando Rodriguez, Jim Hajek and Gary Dietel.
Opening Prayer: was given by Fr. Wolf
minutes of the meeting of November 7th,
2014 were accepted as presented.
- Budget & Finance: Gary Dietel
said we are “happily still in the black”. Collections are a little low,
but 3 or 4 times a year we get “boosts” (a large donation given by
parishioners all at one time).
Gary announced that the church
received a check today from the living trust of Micki & Jim Struck for $10,000! Both
these long time members of our church have passed on recently. The money,
according to the trust, is to be used for emergencies, not for church operating
expenses. A motion was made that the money be put into a savings account and be
used as specified in the trust (MSP:
Nancy/Gary). Discussion followed
about ways of thanking the Struck family by a letter and card and Mary Jane
also suggested that we put up a plaque, in the church area proper, honoring
them. She volunteered to look into it and take care of it herself, after we
receive a response from the family.
Notes on Gary’s smart Phone regarding finances from Lynda Dietel:
We should add James Huntzinger as a signer on our bank accounts, since he
is now a member of the Finance Committee. A motion was made to add James
Huntzinger as a signer on all our bank accounts (Motion moved, seconded & passed: Mary Morganti/Nancy O’Donnell).
Good Samaritan’s Purse (Christmas Shoe Boxes): Lynda said that checks to
be put inside the boxes for shipping should be written by individuals, not by
the church or women’s guild. It was suggested this be referred to Priscilla.
Christian Foundation for Children & the Aging (CFCA). We have been
supporting (at $25 a month) a girl named Misna Zurbano of the Philippines since
she was 12 years old. She is now in her 3rd year of college and will
be graduating within the year. It was agreed to continue to support her until
- Maintenance: Bob O’Donnell, who has been taking care
of the inside of the church as a volunteer, told the group that the
current paid janitor, Art McMahon, is retiring and he would like to apply
for the job of cleaning the inside of St. John’s Church. Father said he
should fill out and application and a Hiring Committee should go over it
and make the decision. Gary, Marvin and Mary Jane were suggested for the
Rolando said we need to restock supplies for the
altar and that we need some repair work done on the sound system. Mary Jane
volunteered to pick up the supplies needed and Bob and Gary, with Marvin Zuber,
will contact the electrician we are already talking to about repairing various
electrical problems and also find out who is qualified to repair sound systems
and add that to the work needed.
- Women’s Guild/ Altar Society: Mary Jane reported that there was $4958
in their bank account. Sarah said that the Women’s Guild doesn’t need to
report their finances at the PAC meetings. There will be a meeting, this
coming Sunday after Mass, to set up a schedule of their activities for the
- Community Outreach: Nancy reported that it has been a quiet
two months, as far as people asking for our help, until yesterday, when
she helped 3 homeless people traveling through town with 3 cats…she gave
them bus vouchers, food vouchers and traveler’s kits, with warm socks,
which was much appreciated (as one of the men had no socks on).
She said that she had been in contact with our new police chief, Hank
Hobart, about people sleeping on our church property, specifically our bench in
back. He wanted to know if the church wanted him to issue trespass warnings.
Father said that letting people hang out at St. Monica’s in Coos Bay got
quickly out of control and they had to stop it and hire a security service to
patrol the area at night. After a discussion, the group agreed that the police
could give a verbal warning the first time, and maybe a second time, then, if
it happened again, issue a written trespass warning,. Installing a security
alarm system, in case someone tried to break into the building, was discussed
and Sherry agreed to look into it and report back to PAC.
Sherry gave a report on the Salvation Army bell ringing during the
holiday season. Our collections this year were only $721.63, well below
previous years. She explained why (many people out of town before the holidays,
etc.) but asked if anyone in our church would like to take over organizing the
bell ringing next year or should we ask First Community Church if they would
like to be in charge of it, since they have a younger and larger membership and
great enthusiasm for the project. The group said, that they thought asking the
other church would be a great idea.
- Publicity: Sherry said she sent
publicity to the local newspapers for the Christmas caroling, which went
very well. Rolando said since it was pouring down rain, we were invited
inside Ray’s to sing by their new manager. All the carolers as well as the
employees of Rays were given Christmas treats.
- Music: Lynda Dietel was not present, but Gary read her messages from his
smart phone regarding issues she wanted to bring up: She reported that she
is learning the music for the Mass of the Resurrection.
New Hires: Father Wolf said that he would be working on
hiring new cleaning people for both here and for the Bandon church.
Card Tables: A
discussion was held about buying our own card tables for the church gathering
area, since the ones we have been using belong to Priscilla and they are so
popular. Sarah said she would speak to Priscilla to see if she wanted to sell
them. It was suggested it would be a good project to raise donations for. It
was mentioned having a “Games Night” sometime in the future.
New PAC Officers
& By-Laws: Sarah
said Mary Morganti will be moving up to Chair of PAC and we will need to elect
a new Vice Chair and a new Secretary. It should be done by our April meeting
which according to the early minutes of PAC, is when they should be installed.
It was mentioned that we never wrote a complete set of By-Laws for PAC, but
just passed a few motions about its structure when needed. Sarah said as her
departing gift to PAC, she would put together a set of suggested By-Laws for
our group with Father Wolf’s assistance and then bring them before PAC for
discussion and a vote.
Next PAC meeting: will
be held on Friday, Feb. 20th at 3pm.
Closing Prayer: Father Wolf
gave the closing prayer.
The meeting was adjourned at
approximately 4:30 pm.
Sherry Johnson, Secretary
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