Leadership

Leadership

Verger’s Voice #42

Vergers voice #42 Today we are going to go from the Nave to the Chancel area.  The Chancel is usually a raised area, at least in older churches where the Clergy and other worship leaders sit and like here there is usually room for the choir and organ.  In the early church this area was designed with a heavy rood screen and rails to protect the holy vessels and elements at the altar, over time the area was opened up…

Vestry Retreat 2018

Last Saturday our parish leadership, rector and vestry members gathered with The Rev. Canon Dan Morrow, the Diocesan staff person responsible for Congregational Development and Missional Life to hold our parish in prayer, celebrate the Eucharist together, and to focus on the parish’s primary tasks of Gather, Transform, and Send. We learned the specific aspects of each of these tasks, discussing our current ministry in each of those areas and being attentive to where our energy to strengthen these areas…

Bishop Scanlan’s Visit

It seemed appropriate that the gospel text for the day of the Bishop’s visit was on Jesus’ mountaintop experience which transfigured him and transformed the disciples in their understanding of Jesus’ identity and their shared mission. That’s what happened yesterday when Bishop Audrey Scanlan led us in worship, confirmed those ready to commit anew to their faith, blessed a parish member and resident of The Episcopal Home who wanted to reaffirm her faith, engaged in the sharing of stories and…

Vestry Orientation

Last Saturday your newly elected vestry and ongoing members met to begin the process of forming as a group and of engaging the faithful work ahead. There was amazing energy and enthusiasm as we began to find our rhythm of working together and embracing our leadership roles. Here are some highlights we discussed or action decided: There’s a group of vestry members who will work with Chad Linder, our Diocesan Canon for Financial Operations, to learn about grant and loan…

Veteran’s Day Homily — The Lord said “who shall I send and who will go for us” and I said “Here am I; send me.”

SERMON FOR VETERANS DAY 2017 NOVEMBER 5, 2017 Mr. Michael Stitt The Lord said, “Whom shall I send and who will go for us” And I said “Here am I; send me. Forty-eight years ago, I took an oath ,something I still live by today. I, Michael Stitt, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…

2016 Diocesan Convention

Know Your Story. Live it Boldly. This was the theme of this year’s Diocesan Convention. We were called in multiple ways to connect our story (our life) to God’s story and God’s story (scriptures) to our story. We were also challenged to see it all as a part of the Jesus Movement, as Presiding Bishop Curry speaks of so often, giving it the tag line of us becoming loving, liberating, and life-giving. Through innovative worship, prayer, conversation, dialogue, video testimonials, and…

Vestry Gifts

We began our last vestry meeting by identifying our individual gifts, so that we can then apply them to a group project: planning and executing a good stewardship program this fall. I thought you’d like to see the long list of gifts of your vestry members: Creative thinking Creativity (3) Realistic Balance Courage Perspective Organizing Seeing Big Picture Joy of life Listening (2) Compassionate (2) Friendliness Hospitality (2) Organization (3) Delegating details & keeping on track so it gets done…