Updates from the Vestry and/or Search Committee are listed with the most recent, first.
Dear St. James Parishioners:
We reported at our May 7 Town Hall meeting that we would be starting an eight-step process to call a new rector. In case you missed this meeting, an outline of the eight steps, with an approximate time line, is provided.
Your Wardens are now happy to announce we, in consultation with Fr. Joe, have selected the co-chairs for our search committee. The co-chairs we selected are Helen Campbell and Trey Roberts. We believe they have demonstrated outstanding leadership in their service to St. James and are widely recognized by a broad cross-section of our membership for their dedicated service. We informed the Vestry of our choices at our May 15 Vestry meeting and received their vote of confidence in our selections. This completes step one.
Now, we are in step two. The Search Committee will have a total of 12 members including the co-chairs. We are now asking parishioners to nominate people they would like to have on the Search Committee. You may nominate as many people as you want, including yourself. The following members of St. James are not eligible to serve on the Search Committee:
All other voting members of the parish are eligible to serve.
Nominations can be made in one of five ways:
Completed forms may be submitted anonymously. The last day to make your nomination(s) will be Sunday, June 4.
In the next step, the Junior Warden, Senior Warden, and co-chairs will meet as required to select the remaining 10 members of the Search Committee from the parishioners' nominations list. The Wardens and co-chairs plan to present selected names for Vestry approval at the June 19 Vestry meeting. Expect another update on our rector search once we have achieved this milestone.
We are also happy to give another update on the restoration of our historic church. We have signed the contract with Durable Slate to perform the exterior work. The rear and front walls will be repaired first. Expect to see scaffolding at the rear of the church starting June 5, weather permitting. Scaffolding will not be used in the work on the front of the church. Work on the rear of the church should be completed by the time the Day School opens in the fall. Work on the side walls will also be performed using scaffolding. The entire project is expected to take 210 days to complete.
These are exciting times in many ways for our parish.
The process outlined below comes from a preliminary meeting on May 4 with Canon Shannon Manning. Canon Manning will be providing guidance and assistance to our Search Committee throughout the search process. Broadly, this is an eight-step process. The suggested timeline is only approximate and subject to change.
The Search Committee for the 24th Rector of St. James Episcopal Church is expected to be named, soon. Bookmark this page to follow updates which will be posted as soon as they become available.
Almighty God, giver of every good gift: look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP, p. 818
Your submission may be anonymous. If you include your name and email address, you will receive a copy of your submission.