Grace Episcopal Church

Serving the community of Martinez
and Contra Costa County since 1868

Vestry Updates from July 13 Meeting 
SEARCH COMMITTEE

 Chair Appointed
The Vestry enthusiastically selected John Lee to be the Chair of the Search Committee.  They also did other work at the request of the committee in preparation of the completion of the Ministry Portfolio that will be used in posting the position of Rector for Grace Church.

Reminder for Congregational Meeting
Please remember to attend our next Congregational Meeting this Sunday, July 17, at 9:00am in the Parish Hall.  This will be a chance to respond to the work done at the joint Vestry and Search Committee Retreat, hear more about the tasks of the committee, and have your questions answered about the search process.
Resignation of Luke Hodgson from Vestry
The Vestry gratefully acknowledged the work of Luke Hodgson in the six months he was able to serve on the Vestry.  With the acceptance of a demanding new work position he has found himself unable to fulfill the commitments of service on the Vestry.  He has also stepped down from his role as Youth Group Leader.  We are very supportive of his need to make this change for his own well being and that of his family.  Please see the message below about the reorganization of the Youth Group starting in September.

New Model for Youth Group
With the support of the Vestry a new model for adult leaders will be used for the 2016-2017 season.  Monthly meetings will resume starting in September.  Watch for more details. in the upcoming edition of the Bell Tower Newsletter
Relocation of the Piano in the Sanctuary
Due to a full agenda in June the Vestry chose to address the question of the location of the piano in the sanctuary at their July meeting.  After hearing from all of the Vestry they decided to postpone a final decision until after checking with the fire code requirements for aisles and especially access for disabled persons.
In the mean time, they thank you for your patience with this process; and especially for putting up with the bright orange safety cones!
Stewardship Team Being Formed
In preparation for our Fall Annual Appeal in Stewardship, Barbara Brooks and Marj Leeds, as members of the Vestry, will be joining with Fr. Jeff in leading our stewardship process.  We are looking for at least two members of the parish who would like to join in this work.  Please email Fr. Jeff as soon as possible if you are interested.
Next Issue of Bell Tower News will be sent out early August
Please submit articles, updates, committee/ministry schedules and announcements, preferably by email, no later than Sunday, July 26. Thank you! Jennifer
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