MOVING FORWARD UPDATE: November 13
St. Mary’s and St. John’s Vestry officers and clergy met last Thursday night,
November 10, to continue moving the merger process forward. We discussed the
positive results of the October all parish meeting and the fact that is was
energizing to find so many similarities between the two parishes.
We discussed next steps in the ECCT merger process including forming four
review teams with a few members from each parish to conduct reviews of both in
the areas of Mission, Property, Financial and Canonical.
As we understand the process, each team will each be guided by an ECCT member
as we move through this process. Reports will be written by the ECCT member
from each team and presented to the ECCT Standing Committee. These reports
will provide the diocese and our parish members with a profile of each parish and
the possibilities that can be realized when forming a new faith community
through a merger.
We are hoping to have this work completed by June 30, 2023, including the
required votes from both our parishes. This work and timeline will position us for
ratification of the merger with St. John’s at the ECCT Annual Convention in the
There will be another joint meeting of officers and clergy in January and monthly
meetings thereafter to update our progress. The full Vestries from St. Mary’s and
St. John’s will meet again in February. In the meantime, we will continue to keep
you abreast of what is happening.
We also want to mention the activities and services that we’ve been invited to at
St. John’s. These include: their Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 19, their
Wednesday Advent series (details to come), their Christmas Eve Service at 10 p.m.
and their Christmas Day service at 9 a.m.