Business items from the October and November Vestry meetings:
• Appreciation to Dan Matthews. The Vestry voiced its appreciation to Dan for his extraordinary, 15-year ministry at St. Luke’s. Dan and the Vestry joined in prayer to lift up the next season of life for both Dan and St. Luke’s.
• New! Faith and Friendship Dinners. Sue McAvoy reported on the creation of a dinner ministry designed to bring parishioners together each week over a six-week period to build relationship by sharing faith stories. The ministry will deepen participants’ faith and invite formation of eaningful friendships by sharing stories of God’s presence in our lives. The first session will run from January 20 through March 3; registration is open through January 8.
• Rite I is Back at the 8 a.m. Service. Parishioners who attend the Sunday 8 a.m. service are pleased about thedecision to bring back the Rite I order of worship.
• Making a Difference with Outreach. Sara Kennedy and Carolle Perkins interviewed 13 of our outreach ministries and reported on our meaningful work. Highlights of the report were The Boyce L. Ansley School, Church of the Common Ground, and the Sandwich Build ministry. The Rev. Monica Mainwaring, Vicar of the Church of the Common Ground, is particularly grateful for the office space and support that St. Luke’s provides for her church. Sara and Carolle reported that our outreach ministries are very important to many parishioners and generally well-positioned to have an impact in our community.
• Invite-Welcome-Connect. The follow-up session for this program has been rescheduled for January 12-13. Our consultant, Molly Carnes, will return to review our work since our September gathering. Invite-Welcome-Connect supports growth-oriented Episcopal churches to generate ideas and next steps to grow. Based on parishioners’ preferences, teams are working on ministries such as reimagining coffee hour, developing a Faith and Friendship Dinner ministry, and using nametags at services and other church-related events.
• Record Participation at the Annual Parish Retreat at Kanuga. Susanna Roberts announced that 275 people have registered for the retreat. This is a record number of attendees in the past 10 years.
• Interviewing for the Youth Minister Position. We have two finalists for the new Youth Minister position and will be interviewing them soon.