In the March edition of the Archangel, we launched a new monthly column called the Warden’s Corner, in which Senior Warden Eric Conner will communicate updates on Vestry initiatives and Parish activities.

September 2017

Welcome back to Saint Michael!  It’s going to be an exciting and eventful fall.  High on the priority list is the unveiling of our organizational Initiatives!  The Saint Michael and All Angels leadership team (Vestry, Clergy and Staff) have been working over the past few months to retool their work as leaders of our parish.

By now, you have heard of the three Imperatives: Feed the Spirit, Find your +1, Build the Future.  In previous Archangels, Father Girata offered a wonderful reflection on how each of these Imperatives impacts our overall engagement with Saint Michael and All Angels and the greater community.  It’s now time to unpack the Initiatives behind each of these Imperatives – which will help guide our work during the next 18 months and shape the overall priorities for the next several years.

During the month of September, you will see specific Initiatives explained under each Imperative.  This will culminate in an exploration of our five year vision for the parish, which will tie together the entire process.  Several upcoming tangible examples from this effort include implementation of an online member portal, additional small group offerings, revamped pledge statements, and an organizational restructuring of operations/staff to better support our parishioners.

Of utmost importance is that the Initiatives will drive the annual budgeting process (not the other way around).  Our parishioners deserve to know the priorities and what their contributions support.

I invite you to dig deeper into this work by asking questions, reading more on the website under Resources, and engaging with members of the Staff, Clergy, or Vestry to have thoughtful conversations about this work.  To that extent, please email vestry@saintmichael.org with any specific comments or questions.

Other noteworthy items include:

  • Congratulations to the Farmer’s Market, just named D Magazine’s “Best Neighborhood Farmers Market”.
  • Nominations just closed for our new Vestry slate and Diocesan delegates.  We look forward to the parish meeting on October 29th to affirm and support these candidates.
  • Several changes in the worship services including a new children’s chapel, Discovery moving to the Parish Hall, Joy moving to the chapel and the Celebration service starting at 11:00 a.m. (to coincide with the Rite I service in the Sanctuary).
  • Rebranding the youth program to EYC (Episcopal Youth Community) with a Jr. EYC for middle schoolers and a Sr. EYC for high schoolers.

It is an amazing time to be at Saint Michael.  There are so many ways to engage your talents and gifts.

Eric Conner, Senior Warden