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Nominating Committee and the Vestry for 2015

posted Dec 19, 2014, 6:18 AM by Amelia Fannin   [ updated Dec 19, 2014, 6:18 AM by in apropos ]
Official decision-making is sometimes hidden from us. Who can tell what it takes to be one of Santa's elves? Santa has never admitted how much Mrs. Claus contributes behind the scenes - we can only guess. The entire North Pole establishment is shrouded in secrecy.
At Grace, we publish vestry minutes and newsletters to share important news.
Here's an example. Episcopal parishes have always had councils of lay people who take on most of the secular business of a church.  Even the smallest church would have a room off the sanctuary where they kept robes and vestments. A vestment room was (and can still be) called a "vestry". Traditionally, that's where this lay council would meet. Over time, the council itself came to be called a vestry. After many years of meeting in a conference room upstairs, Grace's 2014 vestry has been meeting in the choir's robing room.
Grace's vestry are 13 members of the parish who, in consultation with the Rector, have authority over things like our budget, terms of employment, etc.
The vestry's elected by the whole parish. We'll do that next month at our Annual Meeting. Our by-laws require that Grace's current vestry appoint a nominating committee every year, and that this committee consist at least of the Rector, both Wardens, and three other parishioners.
This year, the vestry has appointed Jenny Rosser, Paul Wong and Susan Keefe to serve with priest and wardens.  I'm so grateful that they've accepted vestry's call to this service.  Vestry positions are generally three year terms, and a third of the vestry steps down each year.  We have, as always, a number of positions to fill for 2015, and your nominating committee will bring their best to see that Grace is well served in the year ahead.
David Barbrow
Senior Warden