First Parishwide Vestry Letter

December 31, 2018

Dear St. Philip’s Sisters and Brothers,

Happy New Year! We hope you and your families are receiving and enjoying the blessings of this Christmas season. As we enter the season of Epiphany, we are reminded of the manifestation of Christ to the peoples of the earth and the spread of the good news to the wider world. We believe that we, St. Philip’s, are also part of the good news! 

On Sunday, January 6, Epiphany Sunday, the Rev. Dr. Mary Thorpe will be our guest priest for the 8am and 10:30am services. In her diocesan role as Canon to the Ordinary, Dr. Thorpe is responsible for oversight of clergy transition. We are very excited she will be with us as we start our period of discernment and transition. After each service, Dr. Thorpe will provide an overview of the search process we will use to call a new rector and will answer questions from the congregation. We hope you will stay for one of these sessions. 

As our church begins this next chapter of our story, Dr. Thorpe, along with the diocesan Transition Ministry Office, will provide guidance and support. Also during this transition period, supply clergy will cover Sunday and weekday services, as well as provide pastoral care. 

Your vestry is committed to keep you informed and involved as our church enters the process of seeking a new shepherd. Over the next few weeks, you will receive more information about the transition process. In the meantime, please contact Senior Warden Maria Poindexter or any vestry member if you have questions. Your voice is invaluable as we seek a new priest whose gifts and graces complement the strengths of our congregation.

We are abundantly thankful to be members of a church sharing the good news with our community and the world. In addition, we are extremely grateful for your on-going support of our church as we discern what God is calling us to be now and in the future.

Peace and blessings,
Your Vestry