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Reports from St. James


The Vestry and Strategic Planning Committee updates.


September 2017 Parish Update

Posted on Sun, September 10, 2017 at 4:57:00 pm


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Agenda of September 10, 2017 Parish Update Presentation:

  1. Opening Prayers - Joe Reynolds
  2. The Love of Christ Always report - Gerry Sulzer
  3. Staffing update - Joe Reynolds
  4. Rector Search Committee - Helen Campbell & Trey Roberts
  5. Reorganization of the Vestry - Joe Reynolds
  6. Stewardship & Finances - Joe Reynolds
  7. Closing Prayer - Joe Reynolds


May 2017 Parish Meeting

Posted on Sun, May 07, 2017 at 8:06:00 pm


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Agenda (downloadable, here) of May 7, 2017 Parish Update Presentation:

  1. Welcome
  2. New rector search process
  3. Music program update (26:08)
  4. The Love of Christ Always report (32:20)
  5. The Campus Plan (as developed by CPEX) (36:10)
  6. Reorganization of the Vestry (56:40)


  • The search committee should be formed by the June vestry meeting, although the search process may take another year, through the issue of a call to a new rector. (The 2002 Parish Profile is here; the 1994 Parish Profile is here.)
  • Vestry meetings may be moving back one week so that financial reports are received and books balanced before the Finance Committee and vestry meetings.
  • The vestry has made personnel decisions based on need and finances.
  • Randy East and Jason Hubbard are leaving their posts, effective after the May 21 worship services. Read more, here. Eric Johnson, Director of the St. James Treble Choir, and Sara Bray, Director of the Cherub Choir, have been hired as interim co-directors of the St. James Choir. Joe+ is researching and considering the need and possibilities of a full-time music director for St. James.
  • The Love of Christ Always active campaign has concluded (though your check and/or pledge will still be accepted!) with pledges or checks in hand totaling $2,193,005, and the contract with Durable Slate has been signed and they are pursuing necessary permits to begin scaffolding this summer.
  • Bids are being pursued to demolish Killgore Hall and use the area as parking until such time as a campaign for a building as envisioned in the Campus Plan is put into consideration. In its current configuration, the challenges of security, control, and efficient usage of space are requiring time, effort, commitment of church and Day School personnel, as well as practical expenses (utilities, etc.) in excess of its benefits.
  • Joe+ is developing a plan for the vestry with four main areas of involvement so the communication and reporting to and from the vestry is better maintained.


CPEX Presentation

Posted on Mon, October 31, 2016 at 1:58:00 pm


Representatives of the CPEX team made their final presentation of a Master Plan design for St. James Episcopal Church to the parish on Tuesday, October 18, before a crowd of over 130 in Bishops Hall. You can view the presentation, and follow along with a downloadable PDF of the presentation slides, here.

Thank you to Allison Kaple and Rodger Green for the recordings from which this presentation was created.



Brick Presentation

Posted on Mon, August 08, 2016 at 7:23:00 am

Gary Howes of the Durable Group gives a presentation In Bishops Hall, describing work needed to repair and preserve our historic church building.
Gary, an expert in historic preservation, describes the problems with the brick and mortar system used during previous repairs, why corrective repairs are required, and the repair methods being proposed to restore and preserve our church building.

Update: The Capital Campaign Case Statement can be downloaded in PDF format, here.

You can view it here:

Draft Master Plan Presentation

Posted on Tue, May 17, 2016 at 2:36:00 pm

CPEX representatives Boo Thomas and Haley Blakeman presented the rationale and drawings of the CPEX Draft Master Plan before an audience in Bishops Hall on Tuesday, May 10. You can view the presentation slides here. Comments and suggestions remain open until June 1 and should be directed to Haley Blakeman.

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