Dear Christ Church,
I am pleased to announce our new Vestry candidates for 2018: Eleanor Chote, Jonathan Sempsrott, and Kim Polk. You can learn more about them here. Each has been a servant-leader in our community for several years, representing ministry in contexts such as small group leadership, Altar Guild, Mission Team, Encore, Guatemala and other whatever-it-takes forms of quiet service. During the 11am service on Sunday, January 14th, the parish will have the opportunity to vote on the Vestry’s recommendation of these three to serve a three-year term.
In this transition, the Vestry and I also want to express our deep gratitude to those who, having completed their terms, will now roll off: David McLaughlin, Evelyn Beauchamp, Paula Wendling, and Mike Murphy. They have seen Christ Church through significant growth and change with godly counsel and the right skills “for such a time as this.” Special thanks are in order for David McLaughlin, who has served four years, three of them as Senior Warden. He is the last remaining Vestry member from the year we found and purchased the Medina St. property. He has given tremendous service to Christ Church and our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you David, and all the outgoing Vestry!
I am also grateful to report that David Perry has accepted the invitation to serve as our next Senior Warden. He and his wife Sharon have been deeply engaged in the life of Christ Church as small group leaders, Guatemala mission trip leaders, Church Under the Bridge leaders, and other forms of faithful service. Welcome to the new role, David!
This is a good moment to remind you of the purpose of the Vestry, which we cover in the Membership Class. According to our denominational Canons, the Vestry is “responsible for the temporalities of the congregation and, except where otherwise provided by canon, supports the clergy in the spiritual leadership of the congregations.”
This finds expression in 6 arenas: 1) they are dedicated to prayer and fasting on behalf of the church and her mission; 2) they protect the core values of the church; 3) they exercise gifts of wisdom, discernment and counsel, working closely with the Rector regarding the church and her mission; 4) they have full and final authority for all matters related to the facility and finance of the church; 5) they assist the Rector in guarding the unity of the church, crisis response, and encouraging the clergy and staff; 6) they lead by example in the church through Christian maturity, stewardship and servanthood.
Happy New Year! And remember that we have a single 10am service, Lessons and Carols, this Sunday.
P.S. Please remember that all charitable donations must be postmarked or delivered to the church by December 31, 2017 to be eligible for a 2017 gift receipt for tax purposes. The address for the church is 112 Medina St., Austin, TX 78702.