Many thanks to all those who helped with last Sunday’s annual parish BBQ. It was a whole lotta fun for all! See a few pics below. No less than 26 people contributed their time, energy, and talent to pull it off. Thanks to each and everyone of you for your dedication to St. Charles. What a terrific community to be a part of!
Recall the issue with the carpeting in the sanctuary. It is buckling in numerous high traffic areas. It presents a safety risk for those who are not steady on their feet. Removing the carpet is not simple because it is glued down to a tile floor. The tiles contain asbestos. It would be impossible to remove the carpet without pulling up tiles, which would release asbestos into the air. That’s dangerous!
In order to safely remove the carpet, it would have to be done by a certified asbestos abatement company, and the carpet and tile would have to be disposed of properly. All of this is very expensive. We also learned that laying new carpet is more expensive than we anticipated. All told, the job would cost in the range of $50,000 - $75,000. We cannot afford that.
So, a strategy we are pursuing involves leaving the carpet in place (aside from the buckling, it is not worn) and performing these steps:
1) cut the carpet where it is buckling
2) glue down the seams
3) place custom-sized, commercial mats over the area of the seams.
We have one mat in place in an area between the chapel and the baptismal font. It looks nice! Although, we haven’t yet found someone to cut and glue the carpet. If you know of someone to do this work, please contact Leif Kehrwald at email@example.com or 503-351-9889.
Based on the cost of the one experimental mat, we estimate that we can fix all the carpet buckles for approximately $5000. One parishioner has put up $500 as a matching grant. Can you help raise the money to match this grant? Make your donation in one of three ways:
1) Give online at by clicking here.
2) Drop a check in the Sunday Collection made out to St Charles and write “Carpet Repair” in the memo line
3) Tell Leif Kehrwald the amount you would like to pledge. Contact Leif at 503-351-9889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your help!
As you may have heard, the Liturgy Committee and parish musicians have been discussing a slight re-location of the musicians at Mass on Sunday (& Saturday).
Liturgically, the primary music minister in the liturgy is the assembly. The principal role of the choir or music group is to lead and support the song of the assembly. Musicians are considered part of the assembly, and so it is more appropriate for them to lead song from the assembly rather than play/sing to the assembly.
With these norms in mind, we would like to re-position the music group (whether choir or folk group or Sat song leaders) to the area where the choir pews are located. From this location, they can still lead the assembly in song, and at the same time be with the assembly in worship. It will actually increase participation from the assembly.
In order to do this, we would remove those pews and replace them with approximately 15 chairs. The chairs will allow for flexibility that the pews do not. We intend to purchase chairs that are the exact match of the chairs on the altar and the chairs in the small chapel (without kneelers). Cost is $150 each.
Of course, there are a lot of logistics involved:
- removing pews
- purchasing chairs
- re-positioning piano
- re-positioning group leader to be able to see both altar and musicians
- re-positioning microphone jacks
- moving music materials
- providing places for coats and other materials that musicians currently place in the pews
We believe these are solvable problems. For more info on this, or to share your concerns and comments, contact Tom Ficker (email@example.com) or Leif Kehrwald (firstname.lastname@example.org). We welcome your input.
A number of parishioners have made a pledge toward the purchase of one or more chairs. If you would like to pledge or donate, here are your options:
Thanks so much.
There is good news and bad news related to gym/kitchen rental.
Bad news. Throughout the summer, the gym and kitchen have been used by numerous outside groups for events and celebrations. Unfortunately, we have encountered numerous problems with these events, including damage to chairs, tables, doors, and in one instance the alarm system. We have also received complaints about noise, un-supervised children, use of alcohol, and groups staying well past closing time (10 pm). Clean-up has also been a major problem with respect to floors, tables, kitchen, and trash removal.
These problems have outweighed the income generated. And since these groups have not affiliation with St. Charles, there is no advancement of the mission and ministry of the parish. So, we have put a temporary suspension on all new event rentals of the gym/kitchen until we develop new policies and procedures for events that involve food. We are not taking any new reservations at this time.
Note. This suspension applies to outside persons/parties. A parishioner can book the gym/kitchen for an event that you personally take full responsibility for, and that you personally will be present at throughout the event. To book a date, contact Leif at 503-281-6461 or email@example.com.
Good news. For months, we have been looking for a group to rent the gym for athletic recreation. We are happy to announce that Underdog Sports Leagues has agreed to rent our gym three nights/week, September through May, for their volleyball leagues. They will have the gym 6 - 10 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday beginning Sept 11.
It’s a win/win deal for both Underdog Sports and St Charles. For us, it is almost entirely passive income that will generate just over $10,000. Compared to weekend parties in the gym, cleanup and facilities abuse will be minimal.
During the week, this leaves the gym available for meetings on most Wednesday evenings, except during Lent.
In its year end report, the Administrative Council challenged all parishioners to keep the parish financial house in order by increasing your offertory giving by $5 each week. When was the last time you increased your gift to the parish? We realize that for some, this just is not possible. No problem. And yet for others, it is quite doable . . . maybe even more. Consider it, and thanks for your generosity.
For those who give to the parish by way of the WeShare Online service, here are the steps to change the amount of your recurring gift.
by Administrative Council
August 12, 2017
For the first time in many years we finished in the black. Prior to this year we were spending down our reserve at the rate of $15, 000 / year. As a result our reserve balance is just under $200,000, leaving us little ability to respond to any emergency situations. Despite a brutal winter that caused increased spending on maintaining our facilities we were able to come in $38K under budget.
On July 14th and 15th more than 15 volunteers and residents came together to address roof repair needs in the Arbor and the Cedar Shade mobile home parks in the Cully neighborhood. More than ten people had their homes looked at, and almost all of those were patched up and received repairs. Roof repairs are a critical component in home repair, because roof issues are often the root cause of other problems in the home--exterior or interior. See photos below.
The next Mobile Home Repair Program Meeting is this Wednesday, July 19th, at 5:30 pm. Dinner and childcare provided.
Upcoming repair days you can be involved in:
On Thursday, June 29th, 10 volunteers gathered at the Living Cully Plaza to learn about mold removal, safety and prevention. They then dispersed into small teams and headed to the Arbor and Cedar Shade mobile home parks to address mold issues in residents’ homes. Volunteers went to 10 mobile homes or RV's to check in about mold conditions and help with removal/clean-up.
More repair days with the Mobile Home Repair Program are coming up! We are always looking for more volunteers, no construction experience necessary. Check your calendar and see when you can join us for the following events:
Roof Repair Days:
July 14th from 2-6pm
July 15th from 9-1pm
Arbor Mobile Home Park Repair Days:
July 27th from 10-4pm
July 28th from 10-4pm
Window Repair & Replacement Day:
July 30th from 2-8pm
If you are interested in volunteering on any of these dates, email/call Brenna Bailey: firstname.lastname@example.org / 612-360-5682
by Leif Kehrwald
As I reported at Masses this past weekend, it is likely that we will end the fiscal year in the black. This is significant because it has been a decade or more, I'm told, since the parish ended a fiscal year in the black. Pasted below is the financial summary as of the end of May. As you can see we are $9582 in the black. I don't yet have June's report.
That's the good news. And I am grateful to the staff and the Administrative Council for their fiscal prudence. I am even more grateful to all parishioners for your generosity. Thank you.
The not so good news is that offertory giving in May and June were at historic lows. Offertory giving averages $10,000 - $15,000 per month. May and June were well below average. Summer is a difficult time for cash flow. Church attendance and contributions are traditionally down, but payroll and nearly all other expenses remain the same. We work hard all year long attempting to fulfill the mission of St. Charles. We are also working hard to be fiscally responsible to ensure that St. Charles has a long and vibrant future.
Five Bucks a Week. Here's an idea put forward by a couple of people on the Administrative Council. Would you be willing to increase your offertory giving by just five bucks per week? When is the last time you increased your gift to the parish? I know that for some, this just isn't possible. No problem. And yet for others, it's quite doable . . . maybe even more. Consider it. Thanks for your generosity.
Any questions about parish finances, please contact me at email@example.com or at 503-351-9889.
On Pentecost Sunday, June 5, the St. Charles community was at its best. Through the hard work and genius of the Multicultural Committee we worshipped in a way that truly celebrated the many cultures that intersect at St. Charles, and truly reflected the Spirit of Pentecost. After the Native American smudge ritual, we had Scripture readings in Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Spanish. We heard powerful and emotional stories of immigration. We shared our own stories with one another. We had music in English and Spanish. We had prayers in Tongon, German, Tagalog, Spanish, Tigrinya, Nigerian, and Chuukese. And we had a special dance/prayer by the Aztec Dancers. Oh, and we had food from all over the world!
Many thanks to all those made this celebration great, in particular the Multicultural Committee, the Decorating Committee, both music groups, and Sr Phyllis for coordinating the liturgy.
See the videos and pictures below.