The 2020-2021 lay members of the Vestry are - Barbara Guy, Senior Warden Naomi Bruesehoff, Junior Warden Cary Chabalowski, Treasurer (2023) Barbara Schjoneman, Clerk. (2022) Kathryn Holmes (2023) Jennifer LaPorte (2021) Beth Jacobson (2021) Ron Glowac (2022) Episcopal Churches have an elected board of directors that is called a Vestry. The Vestry meets monthly in to:
Guide activities of the parish by discussion and informed decisions
Serve on committees to facilitate the activities and achieve the goals of the parish
Maintain communications between the congregation and the Vestry regarding information and decisions and presenting concerns or ideas
Present reports on committees and activities
Assists with Sunday services in various ways
Vestries are made up of the Rector, a Senior Warden, a Junior Warden, and six to nine other representatives elected from the congregation. The Senior Warden is the lead Vestry person, and the Junior Warden assists the Senior Warden with his/her duties of leadership. The church Treasurer also attends the meetings.
The rather peculiar term 'warden' comes from 17th century England where one of their chief duties was to unlock the church doors for worship and other events.
Vestry members are the eyes and ears of the congregation, attuned to our common spiritual health. Serving on the Vestry is not only a privilege, but also a wonderful opportunity to become more fully engaged in the life of your church. Anyone wanting to know more or wishing to serve on the Vestry should speak with one of the Wardens.