Please find the results of Survey #2 in your email box. Thank you for taking the time to respond to the survey.
Also, here is a letter from your vestry:
Our vestry would like to report our progress for selecting our Priest-In-Charge. We have 2 candidates given to us from Bishop Sutton. We started with informal dinners with both candidates. Then we formally interviewed both candidates and created 2 surveys to provide us with the congregation’s perspectives and needs for our Priest-In-Charge. Some members of the vestry were able to visit the church of one of our candidates to hear the sermon, observe the altar service style and speak with parishioners.
When we select our Priest-In-Charge he/she will be our parish leader for one year. Then we will determine if 1) the contract will be renewed for another year, 2) we end our contract or 3) offer a permanent rector assignment. If the contract is renewed for a second year (#1), at the end of the second year we can chose to make that person rector, or that person can become Interim for up to another year while we do another search for a rector.
During the upcoming one year term of our Priest-In-Charge please convey your praises and/or concerns with any vestry members. Open communication is essential during this year of transition.
Our Eagle Scout candidate, Zach Demers will be performing his Eagle project here at St Andrew’s on April 8th. Zach’s project involves preparation of a safe surface area and assembly of playground equipment. His project involves excavating a 30ft X 30ft area behind the rectory, backfilling the space with 4 inches of natural mulch and then the assembly of a huge swing set/slide. When Zach completes his project late Saturday afternoon, St Andrews will have a new, safe play area for our younger members. Many thanks to Michelle Bryant for heading this up, and to WOSA for the substantial monetary donation.
Additionally, approximately 10 members of the Northeast High School football team will be on site spreading 100 bags of mulch we purchased in response to their annual football mulch sale. We’ve never done this, but Rich’s back sure appreciates it. The only hitch, we need to feed them! Does anyone know how many pizza’s 10 football players can eat? So, if you are willing and able, we have many small tasks. See Rich Crothers, our People’s Warden, if you have any questions. Bring work gloves, rakes, shovels and a smile. It’s Spring!
Almighty God, look graciously on the people of St. Andrew's. Be with us and lead us as we seek the next rector for our church.
We ask your direction and guidance for those who shall choose our new spiritual leader,
that we may receive an upright and faithful pastor who will care for your people
and equip us for our ministries.
Grant us perception, faithfulness and joy, so that we may hear your voice in all our deliberations.
Grant us also the desire and the ability to truly hear each other and those who have entrusted us with this process.
Give us courage to respond and act as you lead us.
Come Holy Spirit.
We pray this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP, p. 818)
Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, as you and he are one: Grant that your Church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom you have sent, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (BCP, p.255)
Grant us the grace to ask what thou wouldst have us to do, that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, that in thy light we may see light, and in thy straight path may not stumble, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.î (BCP, p. 832)