Thanksgiving for Our Vestry Past, Present, and Future

Since St. Peter’s was established as a parish in 1844, after its organization in 1834, the Vestry has played an essential role to support life at St. Peter’s. The women and men who have answered a call to be nominated and, if elected, to serve as a Vestry member become the elected spiritual lay leadership body primarily responsible for collaborating with the Rector, Wardens, Staff, and Parish House Volunteers on carrying out the broad and specific work of God’s Church through the administration and programs of the parish.

Daily, as I give thanks for our common life, I am mindful of all who have served, are serving, and will serve through this particular ministry. On Sunday, November 12 at 9:30 a.m., please join the Wardens (Bert Miano and Maria Long) and me at the Parish Hall Forum for an “Introduction and Conversation with 2018-2020 Vestry Candidates.” Vestry Nominees, Marcus Clarke, Ellison Clary, Mike Hoffman, John Hurst, Perry Mixter, Mary Lynn Sepkowitz, and Amanda Wommack will be present to engage a relaxed conversation with us about the past, present, and future of life at St. Peter’s, as well as the several expectations associated with their call.

Each Vestry member is expected to be a faithful and visible presence among the congregation; pledge to the annual fund; communicate and plan proactively with staff persons and team leaders; provide a monthly ministry area report to the Vestry; and attend every meeting of the Vestry, except in cases of an emergency.

I ask your prayers and support for all members, newcomers, staff, volunteers, and clergy of our vibrant parish community as each is called to answer God’s call to discipleship and to serve in our own intentional ways. In our prayers, let us also give thanks for the Vestry Classes of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, as we prepare for the Annual Meeting of the Parish on December 10.

God’s peace and blessings as we grow in faith,

The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector