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Episcopal Church of the Holy Family
|June - July 2004|
& Ann Burch
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K - 6th Grade
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Training Classes for new Daughters have concluded for this year. These ladies - Linda Bitzer, Sheila Brooker, Jeanette Buffalo, Martha Kerley and Kris McClellan have successfully completed a required 12-week course in which they have prayerfully considered their intention to take a vow of prayer and service. They will be installed, along with new officers, at the 10:30 service on September 19th.
I want to take this opportunity to just say how pleased I am with the “state of the parish.” Especially, I want to say how appreciative I am of the Vestry, the Nominating Committee, and, of course, the various ministries which continue to serve this, our parish family, so well.
The Vestry recently gathered for a weekend retreat. Some of the time was shared with the Nominating Committee. My observation is that this weekend was most fruitful. What I can say is that your Vestry and the Nominating Committee are “on the same page” as regards to the search process. The process of finding the new rector for Holy Family is moving along and is in good hands.
My observation also is that this Vestry is working hard to ensure that this transition period is fruitful in terms of ministry and in terms of those things which collectively form our common life together as a parish. Each vestry person is committed and is working hard, as are all of those who are involved in the myriad of ministries present at Holy Family. The publication of this newsletter is but one example, but I dare not begin to acknowledge individual persons or ministries or this article would take up most of this publication.
I guess what I want to say is that I continue to be assured that God is in this place. I am reminded of the lyrics of a song which is popular in the church today:
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place,
I can feel His mighty power and his grace.
I can hear the brush of angel’s wings,
I see glory on each face;
Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.
Before I close this communication with you, I want to say one final word. And that is, thanks to all who have continued to suggest to me, or to the Nominating Committee, that what Holy Family just needs to do is to simply embrace the clergy that are present during this interim period and thus conclude the search for a new rector. Believe me when I say that I am touched, honored, and deeply moved by such expressions affirming my ministry among you. But the reality is that the process simply does not allow for an interim rector to be a candidate for rector. At the beginning of the process I announced that I would not be a candidate, giving primarily as the reason my belief that it is both healthy and even somewhat necessary for a parish to conduct an open search unfettered by consideration of one who has been among the congregation in a clergy position. Once I accepted the position of interim rector the rules of the process made any further consideration impossible.
So to those who have continued to ask me about the possibility of my staying on at Holy Family, let me thank you for your gracious support and confidence, but also let me be clear that my candidacy is not an option and the Nominating Committee does not have the option of considering my candidacy.
Again, the Nominating Committee is doing a splendid job, spending many, many hours on behalf of this congregation ensuring that the candidates that will eventually be considered will be persons who have emerged from an extensive, careful, and Spirit led search. The candidate will indeed be the right person for this place, at this time, to be your chief pastor.
And so know and trust that, in the meantime, God is in this place and will continue to dwell amongst you.
The Rev. Frank F. Wilson, Interim Rector
“Grant the Nominating Committee….wisdom in their tasks..”
“During this time, bless us with patience and tolerance..”
Your Nominating Committee continues to progress at a steady pace in selecting two or three candidates for presentation to the Vestry. Twenty-five candidates are now being reviewed with completion of the initial review anticipated in June. Visits to selected applicants will follow during the summer months.
Thorough examination of the detailed information is required to develop the candidates that best meet the requirements described by you, the congregation. We have increased our weekly meetings to four hours to allow an earlier completion of this phase.
The evening of 14 May, the Vestry and we participated with Canon Fred Jones, our search consultant, in discussing the qualifications of the rector Holy Family will need. The discussion focused on our evolution from a Pastoral Church where the rector is the pastor/leader to the Program Church where the rector is the enabler/administrator. It is important that the congregation understand the role of the rector as Holy Family evolves, so our expectations are reasonable. Also, the Nominating Committee is considering these needs as well as others. We will provide more in depth discussion of this very important subject later.
Canon Jones is retiring and Friday evening was his last meeting with us. We have been blessed by Canon Jones’ advice and assistance and he will be missed. The Bishop has appointed the Rev. Canon Rick Calloway, the diocesan deployment officer as successor. Canon Calloway has been assisting with the search and we look forward to his further involvement.
We continue to be encouraged by the diversity, talent and commitment of the applicants and are confident that the search will be successful.
Things are humming at the Community Food Pantry. We continue, with the generous work of all our volunteers, to make life better for our neighbors in need. Thanks be to God, we have noticed a slight drop-off in traffic recently - from serving 120 families or so each Friday, we are now in the high 80's. We hope that means that jobs are opening up and more people are able to stand on their own. Our hope for anyone who comes through our doors is that they will reach a point where they no longer need us.
Nobody wants to need help; part of our ministry is to offer encouragement to the discouraged, sometimes just by treating each one with courtesy and dignity. Our plans to relocate next door to the new Thrift Store are beginning to look less like dreams and more like real possibilities. Larry Starr, our new Executive Director, and Larry Hubbard, Board of Directors Chair, have been busy all around Pickens, speaking to a number of groups, and spreading the word about the Pantry's ministry. A video presentation that Larry Hubbard created has been a big help. With all this activity and exciting hopes for the future, we never forget St. James' question: "If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit?" Keep us in your prayers, and as always, more volunteers are welcome.
For those of you listed below, a heartfelt thanks for spending an hour in prayer and meditation with our Lord on Saturday night, April 10.
Jeptha and Joan Greer Kris and Doug McClellan
Phyllis Seitz Lee and Terri Fraysier
George and Sue Justicz Mark and Jill Kingsley
Al and Elaine Hallum Bruce Elliott
Let’s all welcome The Reverend Dr. Charles (Ted) Hackett who will be conducting Holy Eucharist services every Saturday from June 5 to September 18 at 5:30 p.m. The services will be a simple said eucharist with homily.
Educated at Brown University as an undergraduate, Reverend Hackett received his Ph.D. in 1972 at the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Church Ministries and the Director of Anglican Studies at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Rector of St. Bartholomew’s Church from 1968-1971in Atlanta, he has been at Emory for 30 years.
He and his wife are
part-time residents of Big Canoe and have two children and three
grandchildren. We look forward to his being with us this summer.
Since our Newcomer’s Luncheon in March, we have welcomed many more newcomers. They include Ellen and Steve Minion, Kathy Jurovich, Arnold and Hannah Kerlin, Bridget Smith, Darsa and Garland Pinholster, Elizabeth and Brent Tozzer, Douglas and Anne Taylor, Alan and Jane Scott, Todd Harrison and Raymond Piller. We thank our many greeters for making all of our newcomers feel welcome.
Phil & Allen Anderson
It has been a busy, exciting, and productive year for Christian Education at Holy Family. With summer coming the pace slackens a bit; however, the excellence of the Sunday adult education sessions continues! The study on Baptism and its importance in our lives as Christians will be our topic through June 13. After that, Father Frank will be leading our discussions. He is looking forward to having many of you attend to offer your insights and opinions. The Bible tells us to “Seek and ye shall find.” Not only is our 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning class easy to find, but summer refreshment and renewal can also be found by joining the rest of the “Seekers.” See you there!
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