At our parish meeting on Tuesday, I announced that nominations for vestry were open until October 17. Men and women who are members of Restoration and confirmed in the Anglican Communion can serve on our vestry. Nominations should be kept confidential because we will have more nominees than our slate can hold. The outgoing vestry members and staff will pray, discuss, and publish the official slate on Oct. 31. The vestry election will occur on Nov. 14. All members of Restoration (attended the membership dinner, made a public commitment of our 3 affirmations, and signed the Big Green Book) can vote in the vestry election. This year we are electing 3 new vestry members who will replace Elizabeth Boesen, Anne Cregger, and Sarah Blaine.
There are 2 ways you can nominate someone for vestry:
- you can send me an email with the name of your nominee
- you can fill out a paper form and leave it in the box in the back of the sanctuary on Sunday.
You are welcome to nominate yourself. Don’t worry if you don’t know whether someone is a member or confirmed. We’ll do the background checks for you 🙂
Want to become a member of Restoration?
The next new member dinner is October 26, 7:30pm at the church. You must attend this dinner to become a member. (free meal– great deal!!) We’ll talk about what membership looks like at Restoration and the commitments you are making to each other. Please RSVP to me if you are planning to attend.
Want some more information about our vestry?
Here is some background I wrote last year:
One of the leadership structures for Restoration is an elected team of 9 men and women who serve as elders for our church. We call them, ‘the vestry’ (ancient Anglican term– they used to meet in the vestry, the room where they store the vestments– the fancy clothes for the priest and altar). The vestry provides spiritual leadership and organizational vision for our. They pray and listen for the things to which God is calling us and articulate them to our community through annual goals, budget, and team oversight. Each vestry member serves for 3 years. The vestry chooses three ‘officers’– president (me), secretary, and treasurer. They also appoint wardens who serve a special advisory role to the Rector.
And here is a little something on authority in the Anglican tradition.