Dear Heavenly Father, Please guide us with your wisdom and be with us as we begin to look for a new rector. Grant us patience and grace as a congregation, so that we may be unified in this time of transition. As our parish changes, grant us the courage and openness that we need to stay true to ourselves, while keeping you present in all that we do. All this we ask in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, Amen.
With the guidance of the Diocese of Western Mass and Bishop Douglas Fisher, our parish will search together for our next leader. St. John’s is blessed with a loving and committed congregation, one full of community spirit and a love for God, a congregation who will embrace this transition period as a time of reflection. The search process outlined below is a linear one, with each step requiring time and consideration. We invite every member of the St. John’s family to join us on this journey.
September 2019: Parish completed the Congregational Assessment Tool, a resource designed to bring forth each parishioner’s thoughts about St. John’s and its future, and in particular its future rector. (completed)
October 12, 2019: Committees and Vestry met with Rich Simpson, Canon to the Ordinary, for interpretation of the Congregational Assessment Tool. (completed)
October 2019 – February 2020: Active period of the Parish Profile Committee. (completed, see below)
March 2020: Parish Profile completed, approved by Bishop; Rich Simpson presents profile at bi-annual conference. (completed, see below)
Postponed: Active period of the Search Committee. (postponed, see below)
Rector Search Update
Dear St. John’s,
I write to share news about our search for a new rector. After many discussions on April 2, the Vestry has postponed the search until we are in a gentler time, most likely the fall. Julianne Buenting’s eagerness to remain with us for the foreseeable future, along with the Diocese’s willingness to let her and us extend her time with us, makes it possible for us to remain together with a trusted pastor and leader in challenging and unsettling times.
Please be in touch with questions and concerns. And make sure you tip your hat to Julianne!
See you in virtual church,
Nancy Harvin, Senior Warden
Postponed: New Rector appointed, to begin work in late summer 2020.
Questions? Please be in touch.
Nancy Harvin, Senior Warden firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynne Imre, Junior Warden Lynne.Imre@gmail.com
Barbara Kellum, Chair of the Search Committee email@example.com