Bishop’s Report to Diocesan Council – March 22, 2018
(1) We are pleased to welcome Rich Sagui and Ann Carroll as members of the Diocesan Ministry Support Team. Rich is our new financial Administrator and Ann is our new Office Assistant. Both hit the ground running and are welcome additions to the team.
(2) The following congregations are in some phase of transition (mostly with respect to calling new clergy leadership): St. Thomas & Grace, Brandon, Supply Clergy; St. Andrew’s, Colchester, Supply Clergy, while seeking Interim; St. Luke’s, Fair Haven, Local Ministry Support Team in Formation, the Rev. Richard Brewer, Regular Supply; Christ Church, Island Pond: Supply Clergy; St. Peter’s, Lyndonville: Supply Clergy; Saint Mark’s, Newport: The Rev. Jane Butterfield, Interim; Gethsemane, Proctorsville: Supply Clergy; Saint John’s, Randolph: The Rev. Angela Emerson, Interim; Saint Luke’s, St. Albans: Supply Clergy, with some regular support from the Rev. Craig Smith; Saint Andrew’s, St. Johnsbury: Supply Clergy; St. Mark’s, Springfield: Supply Clergy; Calvary, Underhill: Supply Clergy; St. Paul’s Windsor, Supply Clergy; St. Mary’s, Wilmington: The Rev. Nicholas Porter, Interim; Saint James, Woodstock: the Rev. Lisa Ransom, Interim
(3) The Rock Point Partnership Campaign continues its progress towards our $1.7 million-dollar goal. I’ll say more about this at our meeting. Congregations have made a financial commitment to the effort that now totals over $180,000.
(4) We sent a great team to the Evangelism Matters Conference this past weekend and I am sure we will hear much from Liam Muller about this during our meeting.
(5) I announced the new date of the 2018 Convention, now set for October 26-27. The Hilton Hotel in Burlington will be the venue for Convention. We are exploring various housing options. Fortunately, our special guest, the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation, can adjust to this new date.
(6) I attended a meeting of Episcopal Church House of Bishops at Camp Allen in Texas from March 5-10.
(7) I hosted and participated in a Day of Lamentation in response to Gun Violence held at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul on March 14, 2018. During the course of the day about 75 people spent time in prayer and meditation at the Cathedral. The day was punctuated by prayers and reflections every hour on the hour. I’m most grateful to the Cathedral and Cathedral Staff for making this day possible.
(8) I will participate in the March for Our Lives being held in Montpelier on Saturday March 24th from 12 noon to 2:00 PM.
(9) I will be at St. Peter’s, Bennington for Palm Sunday and then at the Cathedral for Holy Week and Easter. On Holy Monday the Cathedral is holding a 7 PM Taizé evening prayer service. Bishop Christopher Coyne, from the Diocese of Burlington will officiate and I will offer a brief meditation. All are welcome.
(10) My visitations since our last Council meeting included a weekday visitation with Saint Michael’s, Brattleboro on March 15th, and a Sunday visit with Church of Our Saviour on February 18th.
(11) Ann and I enjoyed a week’s vacation (February 22- March 1st). We look forward to our children and grands joining us for Easter.