One suggestion from parishioners attending our recent “Chat with the Vestry” event was to have more updates on vestry news in the Tartan, so here I will give some highlights from October. Many of the items discussed in our October vestry meeting get their own coverage in the Tartan, such as finance, and community outreach, so I will share other items of interest discussed, including the kitchen remodel and the youth, family, and young adult ministries.
CHAT WITH THE VESTRY
On September 29, three members of the vestry, myself, along with Ken Rhodes, and Liz Herriges, our senior warden, held a “Chat with the Vestry” event after both the 8:00 and 10:00 services with the goal of providing more opportunities for connection and communication among vestry members and parishioners. Several parishioners attended after the 10:00 service, and we had an engaging discussion about current and future activities, and the status of the kitchen remodel. Having gained good ideas and energy from this initial event, the vestry would like to hold another on Sunday, December 1 after both services. We hope to see some of you there, including some of our faithful “eight o’ clockers.”
While you might not have heard much about it for a few months, the groundwork is underway for the kitchen remodel as members of the kitchen remodel committee meet with city officials and negotiate building and city codes. If you’d like to learn more, vestry members Ken Rhodes or Angie Barr can tell you all about outside vents or grease traps or the vision of how a remodeled kitchen can help St. Andrew’s to bless and serve.
Even as we search for a new youth director, the youth program moves forward, recently joining with youth from other area churches on a regular basis at Urban Grace church, along with faithful chauffeurs, including Lilith Tascher and Fr. Martin.
To keep up with what is going on at St. Andrew’s, you can also find vestry reports on the large bulletin in the back of the Ada Webb room, where refreshments are served after Sunday services. You might not see the papers stapled to the board right away, but you will see a very large photo of the vestry. From the photo, you can know who the vestry members are. Feel free to communicate with us about parish life here at
Our vestry meeting agendas, however, don’t fully capture the depth of the experience of serving on the vestry. While on the vestry, I have been impressed to see the wisdom and acumen, along with the hard work, of so many of our members, and made connections with people that I wouldn’t have otherwise. Reviewing spreadsheets and schedules and seeing more of what it takes to make the church run have not been necessary but dull tasks, but rather inspiring work.
As our annual parish meeting in January of 2020 is getting closer on the horizon, I hope that some of you will consider serving on the vestry.