Grace Church has a formal contract with our new pastor and rector, Regina Walton. Much of that document is boilerplate that we get from the Diocese. Some of it concerns salary and benefits - these are essential things so that we can provide for our pastor's needs as she provides for us!
But there is one critical part that involves each of you individually. You may not know it, but your wardens and vestry have made an agreement on your behalf. We are required to set forth goals for our first year together. Here are those goals, agreed to by Regina, by the vestry, and by Bishop Tom:
The Rector will formulate a plan to take the time necessary to get to know the members of the parish.
Grace Church does not expect the Rector to undertake any significant changes before being thoroughly acquainted with the parish.
The Rector will work with the Christian Education committee on strengthening Grace's program for the children of the parish.
The Rector and People of Grace Church agree to be patient with each other and support each other in love and good humor throughout the year.
Yes, it's that last one that involves you directly. It's a high goal but true to Grace - let's outdo ourselves in loving support and patience, not to mention the frequent laughter we share. You can start bringing funny stories immediately to help Regina continue to get to know us!
As we gather for Welcome Back Sunday and begin our fall program, may we spread that good humor to all we meet as we support our new pastor and each other in our journey of faith together.