Business Manager Update

I’d like to thank those of you that have sent notes of encouragement to me over the last week in support of our efforts to increase our security here at St. Anastasia. It’s good to know that a great majority of you understand and support the initiative. To update you, we have had three security agencies out here to quote on installing an anti-crime system and I expect those quotes back in the next week or so. We’ve also arranged with the Troy Police for additional drive-throughs. We as a staff have taken measures to be more aware of what is going on in the building during business and non-business hours as well as which areas of the complex need to be accessible and which areas can remain locked up due to inactivity. I attended a security seminar put on by the Troy Community Services held at the Troy Fire/Police Training Center on John R; it was sponsored by the Troy Police/Fire Department. There were about 10 other churches represented covering many denominations. It was outstanding…not only did we learn about security programs that we as a staff can implement with little or no cost, but we were made aware of assistance offered by the Troy Police and Fire (we’re taking advantage of that!) in developing a security plan. The Troy Police and Community Services have agreed to make this meeting an on-going activity…I volunteered St. Anastasia as the site of our next meeting set for October of this year.

The Gym HVAC system has been ordered and we anticipate installation by August 27th, just in time for the start of the Volleyball season. I’ve decided that since this occurred early in the fiscal year, to not take it out of the maintenance fund but to leave that in the bank. I’m going to try and cover the cost ($9,000) with the operating budget and make it up during the year. It might work—it might not—but I’m committed to not touch the savings account unless absolutely necessary. I have spoken with Father J.J. and he’s given me the go ahead.

I’d like to advise you all of our office hours starting Labor Day. Office hours Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon, with offices closed on Sunday. During the week the office will be closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. We are such an active operation that we seldom get time for lunch or to re-charge and re-organize. We don’t require appointments but take everyone on a walk-in basis for normal Parish business. We want to serve you in the best way possible, but that also means taking care of ourselves. I feel very strongly that an “official lunch hour” will not only facilitate better service for you, but also afford the staff a mid-day period to re-organize, re-charge, and have some lunch. If you can only make it to the office during the noon hour, call the person you need to talk to (see the Parish Directory at the back of this bulletin) and they will accommodate you.

Our CSA goal is down to $17,000…we’ve received 800+ pledges…but we sent out over 3,000 requests….where are the rest of you? Please help us meet our assessment and get his behind us. It would be nice to have this wrapped up by Labor Day. Again, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, if you haven’t decided your participation, please prayerfully do so…it’s ultimately between you and God.

The Golf Outing was a huge success and I would be remiss if I didn’t point out for special mention, David Graves and all his hard work in organizing and pulling this event off. He handled the outing from start to finish and while he had a lot of help, he spearheaded the efforts and kept them on track. We’re fortunate to have a young man like David here at St. Anastasia and we’re appreciative of the work he does with B.A.S.I.C. One problem I have with him though…he keeps wearing all this Notre Dame paraphernalia…I’m committed to get him into the Green and White (GO STATE!) before football season is over. I sense a little wager for the September 19th game at South Bend….how about it David? You’d look great in Green and White!

God bless,