The Vestry in Spring of 2018 initiated a Discernment Process, looking to set five year goals around our congregation’s values: Welcome, Diversity, and Community. Leaders, community members, and the Vestry gathered in small groups to talk about what is going well, the challenges we face, and the opportunities we see in the years ahead. We talked about these blessings, challenges, and opportunities both in terms of program and in terms of building/physical space.
Our Rector introduces the discernment campaign:
What is Discernment?
Discernment is a Christian practice around making decisions, a practice that asks us to slow down and pay attention. In discernment we listen, to our own needs and desires, to the will and wisdom of the gathered community, and we listen for the voice of God. As we seek to set our goals, and to address our challenges, we are casting the net wide. What are your hopes for Holy Communion in the next five years? We hope you will join us in this time of discernment.
Mission and Vision Prayer
Gracious God, we give you thanks for the legacy of mission and ministry at Holy Communion. May we heed your call in our own time. Give us the courage to Welcome all, inviting and including newcomers. Unite us and teach us to celebrate the rich Diversity of the human family. Lead us beyond our walls to better serve the wider Community. We offer this prayer in the name of your Son, who shared your vision and mission for the world. Amen.
Continuing the Work of Discernment: Capital Campaign Consultant and Architect are hired
Over the course of the Spring we held a series of discernment meetings, and gathered information about the state of our programs and facilities from the perspectives of many of our ministry leaders, parishioners, and outside groups. The vestry has hired Erin Weber-Johnson a consultant from Vandersall Collective to plan a capital campaign. We have also hired Stauder Architects to help us think through the process and projected costs for upgrades to our facilities.
Additionally the Vestry has begun drafting one year and five year programmatic goals. For churches, questions of facilities and mission go hand in hand. We realize that some of our congregational goals will require investment in renovations and personnel, other goals are a question of making good use of the resources we already have. In mid September, the Vestry hopes to be ready with a document detailing our one year and five year goals. If you’d like to learn more, take some time to speak with a Vestry member.