I am pleased to report that the Vestry has elected Dick Taylor to chair the search committee for a new Rector. As you know, Dick is a recent Senior Warden, very active with the church at the Diocesan level, and is well known and respected by all. I am delighted that he has agreed to serve in this critical leadership role.
The next step in the transition process will be on Sunday, June 14, when the Rev. Michael Hunn, Canon to the Ordinary of the Diocese of North Carolina, will preach at our 10:00 am service. After the service there will be an informational meeting with Canon Hunn for the entire congregation in the Great Hall. Child care will be provided. As I indicated to you in my earlier message, the Vestry was really impressed by Canon Hunn’s professionalism and experience in facilitating more than ninety searches for Rectors in this Diocese in the last decade. He will give those present an overview of the entire transition process, including:
- the selection of an Interim Rector
- how the congregation can provide direct input into the Parish Profile that will describe us to those who may consider a call to our parish
- the search process for a new Rector
So, come with all your questions.
For the remaining Sundays of June, July and August, we will plan for different members of the Vestry to be available in the parlor or the Great Hall following the 10 am service to answer questions and to hear any suggestions or comments from members of the parish.
Late this summer or in early fall, Dick and I will issue a call for applications for the Rector Search Committee. Please be thinking now about whether you wish to serve on this committee. It will be very time intensive in the spring and summer of 2016. When we issue the call, we will ask you to write a brief paragraph about why you would like to serve and the perspective(s) you would bring to the committee.
Once this application period of about three weeks is over, Dick Taylor and I will put together a proposed search committee slate and take it to the Vestry for approval. Once the Vestry approves this committee, the search will be in its hands, working with the Canon to the Ordinary and the Bishop.
Our hope is that the entire process of transition for the Chapel of the Cross will be a process of prayerful discernment — our discernment of who we are as people and parish; the discernment of God’s call to the right person to lead us through this transition as our Interim Rector; and ultimately the discernment of that call to our next Rector.
Click here for a link to the most recent information on our celebration of Stephen Elkins-Williams, the selection of an interim Rector, and the new Rector search process. For more transition information, check the kiosk in the Great Hall!
You will want to be part of the parishwide events we are planning for the summer and fall:
- June 28 — Dinner on the Grounds following the 10 am service — bring a side dish to share; fried chicken and tea provided
- July 19 — Dinner on the Grounds with the Royal School of Church Music
- August 23 — Dinner on the Grounds in conjunction with our annual Outreach and Engagement Fair
- August 30 — Clergy and staff speak about Stephen Elkins Williams — pot luck supper after the 5:15 service
- September 13 — Church School Kick-off and skit
- September 27 — Parish BBQ with music from the Pentecost Pickers and farewell presentations to the Rector
- October 4 — Blessing of the Animals at 9 am followed by cake; special music at 11:15 am; preaching at both services by Stephen Elkins-Williams
- October 11 — One combined service at 10 am with special music; Stephen Elkins-Williams to preach and celebrate; farewell reception in the Great Hall following