The Vestry meeting on Dec. 8 began with a pot-luck dinner welcoming the three incoming Vestry members, Courtney Collins, Kenneth Taylor and Larry Theye.
The Vestry and parish will be receiving information about a possible labyrinth on the church grounds in coming weeks. Jesse Paquin is heading a committee that is researching this possibility. To date this is simply an idea, a possibility, that is being explored. Nothing specific has come before the Vestry, so no decisions or commitments have been made. The basic information gathered by Jesse’s committee will be the basis for educational presentations and parish discussions early in the new year. This will include the historical reasoning and contemporary purpose of labyrinths in the Episcopal Church and broader Christian community, as well as considerations for possible designs, location and costs. The proposed budget for 2016 does not include funds for a labyrinth. Anyone interested may be part of the labyrinth committee as this research and education process moves forward. A final decision will be up to the Vestry.
Christopher+ announced his selections for leadership roles next year: Pat Griffith, Senior Warden; Larry Theye, Junior Warden; and Mary Rackmales, Clerk. These nominees will be presented for a parish vote at the Annual Meeting Part II on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016.
Elizabeth Moore, our Parish Assistant, will take on new responsibilities as bookkeeper working with Treasurer John Jamieson starting in January with some training this month. She has past experience as a church bookkeeper. This additional work will be undertaken separately, in the treasurer’s office upstairs in the parish house, and not during her regular office hours on Tuesday-Friday mornings.
The Vestry approved a motion directing the Wardens and Finance Committee chair Tom McCord to work with Christopher+ on the feasibility of re-instating the position of Sexton and determining what a Sexton’s responsibilities would be.
The recent change in the 10:15 a.m. liturgy during Advent in which the spoken Nicene Creed is being used in place of the sung Dunstan creed was discussed. Christopher+ reported the sung creed is not being used during the season of Advent. Bishop Steve Lane told clergy at a gathering in October that the Nicene Creed is not to be permanently replaced by other forms, although we are free to use them at times. The use of the spoken Nicene Creed during Advent is a way to honor this instruction. The liturgy committee will be in communication with the parish about what will happen following Christmas. Christopher+ will seek further clarification on this from the bishop and inform the Vestry next month.