Vestry Update

As our parish survey, Congregational Assessment Tool (C.A.T.), came to a close this Wednesday, May 22 at midnight I’m quite excited that over 150 people took time to participate.  This will give us a wonderful insight for the calling of a Rector.  In June, Holy Cow! Consulting will be interpreting the results of the survey to the Vestry, Profile Committee and Ministry Council Leaders.  They have told us to expect a 20 page report!  However, they will also condense it to about a two page summary.  Be watching for the summary to be shared with the congregation through electronic media and paper copies.  We will also print a couple of the 20 page reports and have them in a strategic spot for any of you that want to see the whole picture.  Thank you for being a part of this important step in the life of St. Mary’s!

There are two more “search” steps coming up in June.  The Profile Committee with take the report from Holy Cow! Consulting and write what St. Mary’s wants in a Rector.  With Vestry approval,  the Profile Committee report will be submitted to the Diocese.  The second step will be the process of putting together a Search Committee.  More details will become available in the next few weeks.

In April, the Vestry made the decision to sell the Rectory (home provided for the Rector, in lieu of a housing allowance).  All church property is owned by The Church Corporation of The Diocese of Texas.   This requires us to receive permission to sell the Rectory.  They granted us the permission to sell and required that we use the proceeds for capital improvements to our Church campus.  It cannot be used for the General Operating Fund.  The two top items on the list of capital projects that was approved was to replace aging roofs and refurbish the parking lot.  If there is money left over after these projects we have several other capital improvements on the list.  When the Rectory sells we will definitely let everyone know! 

Cindy Angle, Senior Warden

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