FROM THE SENIOR WARDEN
Chuck Marks - May 6, 2019
As I consider the St. Aidan’s parish family, I am constantly impressed and awed by the caring and giving of this Church Community. On any given Sunday, one just needs to look around at the decorations in the sanctuary, the cleanliness of the pews, those performing duties during Sunday services, the beautiful music, those counting the collection, the Sunday School teachers, the snacks and the church grounds to know that there are dedicated people passionate about their family, serving each other every week.
Now that we are in the Easter Season, we are able to look ahead to a season of sunlight. The days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming, our cars are turning yellow … all in anticipation of our Lord rising to heaven on Pentecost. For the time being, though, Jesus is walking the earth among us, surprising us by his presence and sharing in our family personally.
As I shared in my Senior Warden letter this past week, we are now taking on the next three phases of our transition - discernment, search, and hiring. We are also listed with the National Church as a parish seeking a rector, so potential candidates will know that we are looking.
The vestry established a search committee charged with overseeing the three phases of transition. Their first major task will be to come together, meet with our search consultant, Elise Balcom, and update our parish profile. Fortunately, we have a pretty big head start on discernment supporting materials as we completed our Mission and Vision effort the year before last and conducted the Church Assessment just last year. The Search Committee will integrate those documents and other supporting materials to refine our parish profile that will be listed with the Transition Ministry Office with the National Church and will serve as the primary vehicle to call a new rector.
Meanwhile, over the next several weeks, we will take advantage of Supply Clergy in our diocese and conduct the occasional Morning Prayer for Sunday services as the vestry works with the Diocese to find an appropriate Interim Rector for St. Aidan’s. Previously I had mentioned the potential for the Bishop to appoint someone to serve at St. Aidan’s. While that option remains open to us, the Bishop would like to see if we can expeditiously move through the normal transition process and call a new rector. We do not want to fall back on the Priest in Charge option just yet.
While there is not a standard path through a transition such as we are conducting, there is one guarantee, this transition will not be like the last one this church community experienced.
Please look to St. Aidan’s e-news for updates. I plan to provide an update after each vestry meeting and more frequently if something new develops on the transition. I continue to be available via phone and email. I look forward to seeing many of you at the wine tasting planned for May 11th - see the sign up sheet in the church hall.
This can be a stressful time for our church community, particularly as we face this unknown together. There are things we can count on: the continuation of our ministries under solid lay leadership; our caring for one another as a family whether pastorally or socially; and continuing to find opportunities to come together as a community. Our strength is in our commitment to one another and our support for one another in the spirit of Aidan. As with Aidan, Jesus is walking with us on this journey right now - we may not recognize him immediately, but he is here with us.