voice of the vestry

Voice of the vestry: God is calling. How do we answer?

By Jeff Tibbits Junior Warden “He shall call upon me, and I will answer Him.” Psalm 91:15a Continuing the theme from Sue Kelly’s July message about discerning the will of God, I choose to focus this month on another step in our spiritual journey: What do we after we discern God’s will for us as …

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Voice of the vestry: Discerning the will of God

By Sue Kelly As a newly elected vestry member, my eyes and heart have been opened to the myriad of ministries at Grace making us a spiritually vibrant church … a blessed church as described by N. Graham Standish in his book Becoming a Blessed Church. As a vestry, we focus on learning to discern …

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Voice of the vestry: We are servants of the church

By Eddie Grim Some people think that they know what a vestry does, but actually don’t, and a lot of people realize that they only have a vague idea at best. Before we think about what the vestry does, we need to be clear about what the vestry is not, It is not simply a …

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Why we refinanced the church

By Donna Olendorf Senior Warden Before I joined the vestry, I never worried much about church finances – the pews were full, the liturgy was rich, and our outreach programs won grants and accolades. Then I became a member of the group responsible for church finances and suddenly the picture reminded me of Dorian Gray …

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Voice of the vestry: Ask yourself this…

By Helen Hankins The privilege of serving on the Vestry requires a commitment of time, study, and sometimes difficult decision making. That all sounds rather dry, but there are lighter moments and even fun! The opportunities for fellowship with the other Vestry members is also a very positive benefit. Recently we all took part in …

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Vestry meeting visitor guidelines

Guests are welcome to observe GEC vestry meetings, typically held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Church members may propose agenda items, which should be submitted in writing to the Vestry Executive Committee at least two weeks before the next scheduled session. Such items will be included under New Business and guests will be …

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Voice of the vestry: Grace at heart of Traverse Deanery

By Chuck Wolterink On March 7, I attended the meeting of our Deanery, which was held immediately after the Bishop’s Town Hall meeting.  I have been to a number of Deanery meetings before, but I have never been entirely clear about exactly what a Deanery is or about the details of our own Deanery in …

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Voice of the vestry: Who we are, what we do

By Donna Olendorf When I told my daughter that I had been selected to serve as Sr. Warden at Grace, she said “Congratulations!” Long pause. “What’s a Sr. Warden?” I suspect she’s not the only one who’s unsure about the role that a vestry warden plays, and in fact, I’ve been reading up on the …

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Brad Will reflects on his vestry service: “Never say never”

By Bradley Will Ann Hackett, in reminding me to write this column, encouraged me by saying, “Once you complete this, you are all done with your work on Vestry!” So, instead of the usual ‘thought for the month,’ which is usually shared by my Vestry colleagues, maybe I’ll share my thought for the past three …

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It’s winter and God is in his heaven

By Dixie Stephens Winter brings conflicting feelings for gardeners. The enjoyment of our much-needed rest soon gives way to restlessness. By New Years, I am aching for the physical challenge of working the soil; chafing under woolen clothing that feels too heavy; and pleading with God for a sunny day. During these months, I spend …

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Voice of the vestry: Will my children have faith?

By Nancy Flowers Just when you think you have nothing to say, a thought worth sharing presents itself. While cooking breakfast and packing lunches this morning with my seven-year-old daughter, the question of where she got her name came up. “Mom,” she said, “I heard this story in church about the boy Moses, and they …

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