A committee has formed with the purpose of planning for the future of the parish, tentatively titled the “Century Committee,” in reference to the church’s upcoming 2024 centennial. The committee’s work will encompass three major phases: discernment (visioning), goal setting, and resource allocation (which might involve fundraising).
Over the next weeks and several months, we will be engaged in our first task: hearing from you! We have scheduled small-group meetings so we can discern what is of most importance to the parish community now and going forward. Our hope is that we will have an opportunity to glean ideas from as many individual parishioners as possible.
THANK YOU TO ALL HAVE ATTENDED! Wed.,
What will happen after the meetings? The committee will move to the goal-setting phase of its work: collating responses and developing a list of potential projects and initiatives, which we will communicate to the parish. The final phase of the committee's work will involve resource allocation, and perhaps fundraising, for parish-approved plans.
DREAMING AND PLANNING WITH
THE CENTURY COMMITTEE
St. Andrew’s parishioners have a wealth of dreams and
specific ideas for our parish and its future. Ideas range
from minor tweaks in our programs to major
improvements to the church infrastructure. There are
suggestions for youth involvement and the wish for an
assistant minister. Hopes cover all areas of our
mission—worship, education, outreach, fellowship, and
stewardship, as well as leadership and communication.
At the annual meeting last month, the Century
Committee reported the results of the small-group
cottage meetings, citing the main themes and issues that
were generated in the discussions. A follow-up e-mail to
the parish presented the same information, plus the full
list of specific ideas. If you missed those communications,
don’t worry. Contact the office for a copy. Plus,
more information will be coming soon.
We are about to embark on phase two, in which some
ideas will be referred to the rector and vestry for
possible implementation now or in the near future, while
the committee will research bigger projects, especially
those that require funding. It’s likely that other
parishioners will have the opportunity to join subcommittees
to help with the research. By next fall, the
committee aims to present a Feasibility Study to the
vestry and parish. When the parish has committed to
particular projects, the committee will take the lead in a
fundraising effort to make them reality.
Watch for more information this spring as we begin the
research process. The committee will keep you informed
as we journey toward our 100th anniversary in 2024
Members of the Century Committee
Charlie Milner and Peg Howard, chairs
Charlie Ives / Elizabeth Muller / Tina Niles
Mark Rowe / Chris Stockwell / Penny Stratton
Phoebe Wysor / Rev. Clyde Elledge, ex officio
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