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2016 Annual Parish Meeting
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Annual Meeting Sunday, January 24, 2016

Beloved,

 

Today at the Annual Parish Meeting, along with other business, we will elect four new members to our governing body, the Vestry.

 

It isn't or shouldn't be a political process. The passage that follows from the Acts of the Apostles is a very good guideline for this election.

Acts 1:21-26

"So one of the men who have accompanied us throughout the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us-one ofthese must become a witness with us to his resurrection. So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, 'Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosento take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place. And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles."

How did they approach it? 

  • Criteria: "...one who has been with us." 
  • Multiple candidates. 
  • Discernment and prayers. 
  • And then the vote.

I pray that each of us will pause to discern and pray before we vote. Serving as a vestry member is a privilege and a responsibility. It is to beextended to those who have shown their love of our church through service to All Saints on committees, as teachers, as volunteers, and through service on the Altar.

 

Those elected must have a capacity and passion for serving and acting in the best interest of the whole parish.Our vestry is seen as being much more like a Board of Trustees with responsibility for the life of the parish.

 

Additionally, those elected today will be part of the governing body who will call a new Rector for our belovedparish. This is definitely where discernment and prayer matters most. Keep all of us in your prayers.

 

Faithfully,

Hugh+


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