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.
Warden’s Corner May 2017 – Renew, Refresh, Revive
As I walk the halls of Saint Michael, I realize that phrasing is about so much more than just a campaign for physical improvements. The energy and excitement is palpable, and there are so many transformative events to share.
RENEW – Two particular areas of renewal stand out for me. First, the Rt. Rev. George Sumner, Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, attended our recent Vestry meeting. Bishop Sumner shared the strategic plan for the Diocese with a special focus on ordination, church growth, and adult education resources. Equally important, there was an open and earnest dialogue about renewing and strengthening the relationship between Saint Michael and the Diocese. We are grateful for his accessibility and his time.
Second, parishioners are renewing their participation in record numbers! Palm Sunday attendance was over 1,500 (750+ at the 9 a.m. Church service) and Easter attendance was over 3,500 – both meaningful increases over last year. I encourage all of you to continue your renewal in all aspects of life at Saint Michael and All Angels.
REFRESH – Be ready for some very exciting physical improvements on our campus in the next 9 months. Our wonderful parishioners responded to the desire to refresh the sanctuary/Parish Hall and create a more meaningful worship experience by committing over $900,000 (the original goal was $600,000). This allows us to complete the full scope of identified needs, including restoring the Creation Window in the choir loft, significantly upgrading all aspects of A/V and lighting in the Parish Hall and sanctuary, replacing pew cushions and kneelers and much more.
We are also refreshing many aspects of communication so that parishioners can fully participate in this journey. Examples include this monthly column, our various email communications, and a quarterly Rector’s Forum (next one is May 21st).
REVIVE – There are two areas of revival worth reporting: staffing and the strategic plan. We are receiving an enthusiastic response to the open staff positions in Youth, Music, Formation, and Membership. It is clear that our church is on the “short list” for many talented and enthusiastic candidates.
The Vestry’s strategic vision and initiatives (commented on last month) should be finalized by June. It is an energizing process, and we are excited to have such talented and involved clergy and lay leadership. I am confident that you will feel and experience a revival in many areas of your parish life as these are unveiled in the coming months.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Vestry with any comments, questions or concerns.
Eric Conner, Senior Warden