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In the category of "Best Vestry of 2013"

posted Feb 27, 2013, 7:13 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Feb 27, 2013, 7:13 AM by in apropos ]
...  the envelope, please...  and the winner is...
Your vestry!
Many of us who worship at Grace aren't "cradle Episcopalians".  
(If we were actual cradle Episcopalians, we'd be in the nursery with Sandra and Katie, two under-sung employees and heroes of our church.)
So we may well ask... who's on our vestry and what do they do?  
By way of a quick introduction, let's look at the idea of "committee liaisons".
Although the vestry is the body officially responsible for the effective operation of the church, the real work happens in acts of worship (Sundays and Thursday mornings) and in acts of service (e.g. food pantry on third Saturdays).  The real work happens when our pastoral care team makes dinners for our friends who are going through tough experiences.  The real work happens in Sunday School and Grace Discussion and Saturday mornings preparing the altar and at dinners for newcomers.
The smooth operation of all these activities happens thanks to committees, made up of all of us in the parish.  Each vestry member signs up to participate on one committee, and in some cases to chair that committee.  
Here is how this year's vestry has signed up to participate:
Christian Education - Margaret Crook
Welcoming - Ann Fletcher
Pastoral Care - Carolyn Sprich
Property - David Barbrow and Carolyn Sprich
Social Action - Peter Malagodi
Worship - Diane Droste
Finance - Paul Wong
Altar Guild - Nancy O'Brien
Hospitality - Jenny Rosser
External Communications  (new!) - Andy Kling
Adult Education and GDG - Chris Samuels
Stewardship - Diane Droste
These committees do amazing things.   If you have any questions that fall in one of these "buckets", don't hesitate to approach a member of the vestry and ask.   In coming weeks, we'll dive a little deeper into each committee individually.
Ken Carpenter is our clerk and co-chair of the Diversity Task Force. Please feel free to ask him questions about vestry meeting notes.  
And you can always see minutes of the next-most-recent vestry meeting on the bulletin board in the office.
David Barbrow
Senior Warden