Dear Christ Church,
I am pleased to announce our new Vestry candidates for 2019: Emily Padula and Kevin Lloyd. 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, Sunday services, Youth Group, Faith & Business, neighborhood engagement, and other whatever-it-takes forms of quiet service. During the 11am service on Sunday, January 20th, the parish will have the opportunity to vote on the Vestry’s recommendation of these two to serve a two-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: Tim Harstad and Candi Wendt. They have seen Christ Church through significant moments of change, crisis, and growth with godly counsel and the right skills “for such a time as this.” Thank you Tim and Candi!
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 only have one 10am service, Lessons and Carols, this Sunday. There will be no Kids Quest; instead, all children over five will remain with us for this special Christmastide service. Nursery will still be available.
P.S. Please remember that all charitable donations must be postmarked by December 31, 2018 to be eligible for a 2018 gift receipt for tax purposes. The address for the church is 112 Medina St., Austin, 78702.