Words from Our Senior Warden
For me Sunday, August 26, 2018 will be a day I will always remember. It began with my having the privilege to serve at the altar at the 7:30 service with Father David on his last Sunday as the Rector of Trinity Parish. I must admit that I had some sad feelings that he was leaving Trinity and some difficulty concentrating on my duties but I made it through without too many errors. Some three hours later I was in totally different position as one of the individuals leading an open house reception honoring Father David and Susan
for all the great work, dedication and love they provided to us, the parishioners, and to Trinity as a whole for the past fourteen plus years.
Over 300 parishioners gathered in Trinity Hall to celebrate with them and wish them good luck and God Speed as they move on into retirement and the next stage of their lives. They will be missed and we can just thank God for sending them to us back in 2004. We now begin a special time of change while we search for a new Rector for our church and how lucky we are that God and our Bishop have sent us Father Eddie Jones to be our Interim Rector who will lead us during this period of search. I feel sure most of you got a chance to meet Father Eddie while he was here at Trinity helping out while Father David was recuperating from his back injury. He did a wonderful job then and he comes back to us with a sound understanding of who we are and how we function here at Trinity.
Please join me in welcoming him back to Trinity and in helping and supporting him in this very important role. I believe that Trinity will continue to flourish under his leadership. As outlined in my August article the Trinity Church Profile was completed and approved by the Vestry and indeed it has been posted on the Trinity website and available for your review. Subsequent to the posting of the profile on August 10th the Rev. Cn. Nancy Suellau, our consultant from the Diocese, joined the Vestry, also acting as the Search Committee, for a very valuable four hour training session concerning Search Committee interviewing skills. We are now preparing to put those skills into action.
As I have reported to you before Bishop Howard and his staff are working with us on an expedited search process. They have been searching for select candidates that have the talent and experience to fulfill Trinity’s needs as identified through the Holy Cow Survey and the Church Profile. At this point we have officially received one referred application and I have been told that we should receive two more prior to
the end of the first week in September. Our work as a search committee will now get underway and move forward in the process of carefully and prayerfully selecting the right candidate to serve as Trinity’s future Rector.
Many other good and exciting things are also going on at Trinity. On August 10th, Steve Seibert received a letter from Bishop Howard notifying him that he, Steve, has been admitted as a Postulant for Holy Orders effective on August 9, 2018. I know that this has been one of Steve’s goals for a long time and that he will be successful in his journey to become a Deacon in the Episcopal church. I urge you to congratulate him when you next see him and keep him in your prayers as he continues his studies. As a Postulant Steve will be required to complete a very strenuous study regimen and the Diocese has recommended that he step down as Trinity’s Junior Warden which he has done.
I am very pleased to inform you that Larry Jones has been approved by the Vestry to complete Steve’s term as Junior Warden through the end of the year. Larry will also be continuing on in his role as Trinity’s outstanding Treasurer and as a Vestry member. I know Larry will do an excellent job in these positions and I urge you to both thank and congratulate him for his willingness to serve Trinity in this
Another announcement that I am pleased to make is that one of our parishioners, Amanda Boulier, has been hired to fill the position as Trinity’s Sunday School Superintendent. This should be great for Trinity and I welcome her and hope you will congratulate her on her new position as Sunday School gets under way.
In last month’s article I asked each of you to prayerfully consider running for the Vestry for 2019. At the recent Vestry meeting Roger Platte, Susan Romanelli, Robert Huerbsch and Steve Seibert were confirmed as the Vestry nominating committee. If you are interested in running for the Vestry, please speak to any one of them or any member of the Vestry with any questions you might have and what is needed from you to get your name on the ballot.
The last thing I would like to mention is that the Stewardship Committee has begun meeting and planning the Stewardship Campaign and you will be hearing from them in the not too distant future. Please read the material you receive carefully and prayerfully consider how you can support Trinity through your Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure. Trinity needs to continue to move forward and you, our parishioners, are the engine that keeps us moving ahead.
Please join with me in this short prayer:
“Lord, please equip me with Your strength to persevere
and finish the tasks You have given me. May my labors
bring You glory.”