Rector Search and Vestry Update
On June 16, 2019, St. Aidan’s was joined at Sunday Services by Canon Charles Robinson and Elise Balcom, our Diocese Search Advisor. During the Service, the Rector Search Committee was commissioned, composed of Jerry Alley, Kathy Benson, Mary Dail, Andy Fischer, Janice Poole, Sid Vaughn, and Irv Wells. The team got to work immediately after the church service and appointed Jerry Alley as their chair and Janice Poole as their recording secretary and met again the following week. They plan to meet weekly starting on July 11th and will be focused on gathering materials, updating our web site and refining our new rector requirements. The Search Team will host a parish meeting on 29 September (Sunday) after a combined single service and in conjunction with a Fifth Sunday Potluck. The team will be using the terms “search” and “discernment” interchangeably.
In the next several weeks, the vestry will be considering candidates for Interim Rector, with a hiring planned sometime in July/August/early September. The Interim Rector will serve at St. Aidan’s until the vestry calls a new rector based on the recommendation of the search committee. We will continue to use Supply clergy through the summer months as this process unfolds. The Diocese will be recommending candidates to the vestry shortly.
You may notice that Seton House was able to raise funds to conduct an exterior overhaul similar to what St. Aidan’s is completing under Preserve our Heritage. They are replacing windows and outside siding to match our improvements. Additionally, Seton has formally approached the Vestry to request consideration of a proposal to combine all of their geographically disparate functions into a single location at St. Aidan’s that would require construction of a new wing to Seton House. The vestry has received a briefing on the proposal and will be scheduling opportunities for Seton leadership to share their proposal with the entire Congregation. After the presentations, St. Aidan’s will meet as a Congregation privately to discuss the proposal to help the vestry decide on the way forward. Expect the first presentation to take place in July in conjunction with a Sunday Service. If you walk to the area between St. Aidan’s and Seton House, you will see two stakes with red tape - both near the edge of the volleyball court - they mark the approximate location of the corners of the proposed two-story structure.