January 2019 Update from the Search Committee
After an incredibly busy few months and a short break for the holidays, the Search Committee is back at work making the final preparations for posting the rector position in the national Episcopal databases. We hope to post the position in early February and to begin interviews as soon as possible thereafter. We will update you in more detail at our annual meeting on February 3.
All of us on the Search Committee are ever grateful for the ongoing support of our beloved community.
Thanks to all who took part in one of our two CAT Survey interpretation sessions and our several CAT Chats! Your thoughts and opinions are so helpful.
If you didn’t have a chance to attend one of the CAT Survey interpretation sessions, please email the search committee and we’ll make sure you get a copy with notes.
If you didn’t have a chance to take part in a CAT Chat, or if you thought of something important after it was over (don’t we all), please email your thoughts to the search committee. We want to hear from you!
We’re compiling the notes from all the CAT Chats and finding plenty of common threads. This is really important as we go into the next stage of our rector search process. This next stage includes updating our website, filling in forms, and writing the answers to a dozen essay questions for our documents to be posted on the national database that Episcopal clergy use to seek new calls. It’s a lot of work for a lot of people, and we want to get it exactly right – so your prayers for Grace Church and for the work of the vestry and search committee are both greatly needed and greatly appreciated.
Your Grace Church Search Committee
CAT Chats / Small Group Conversations
The Rector Search Committee will be hosting a series of “CAT Chats”. These small group discussions are for six to eight parishioners to talk together about our hopes for Grace and will directly inform the Search process. If you have digested the recent CAT Survey results we hope you will agree that there are some clear indicators of direction and opportunities and we want to back that up with your ideas! Topics to be discussed, include:
The scheduled chats are as follows:
Sign up here
News from the Search Committee - September 2018
The people of Grace responded enthusiastically to the call to take the CAT survey – 134 of us took it, for a response rate of 115%! (That’s calculated according to our average Sunday attendance.) That kind of response says so much about our attachment to Grace, doesn’t it? And now we get to hear what the survey says about us.
On Sunday, September 9th, after the 10:30 worship service, Mother Andrea Mysen of the diocesan office will present the survey results in the parish hall. A light lunch will be served. The presentation will be followed by plenty of time for Q&A. (We are also working on scheduling an encore presentation after the Wednesday morning service later this month. Details to come.)
This is just the first conversation of many, and it’ll be really interesting – because Grace is really interesting!
Your Grace Church Search Committee
May 2018 update:
The Search Committee was commissioned on May 13, 2018.
The committee members are:
David De Jong
MaryPat Mauro (co-chairperson)
H. Fay Peters
Audrey Riley (co-chairperson)
April 2018 update:
At their Mar. 27, 2018 meeting, the vestry agreed by consensus that it is now time to discern and call the Search Committee. The Sacred Conversations process and the Holy Spirit have brought the congregation to a more reconciled place in their common life and with their history. They expect to commission a Search Committee in May.
January 18, 2018
Holy, loving God, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (BCP, p 817, adapted)
Sacred Conversations FAQs
When: Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, 6-9 pm and Saturday, Mar. 17, 9:30 am – 1 pm
What are the Sacred Conversations events? Parish-wide opportunities to reconnect as a community through our experiences of life at Grace, both the good times and the disappointing times. They are about knowing who we are today, having lived the past we’ve lived together. Then, looking to the future we believe God is calling us into and then calling a priest to be part of that future.
Why do we call them sacred? Isn’t God always present? Yes, God is always present. It’s very easy to get distracted with our own stuff and miss what God may have to tell us through another person. We can always be more intentional about listening to one another, those we know well, and those we don’t know so well, with kindness and respect.
Who’s leading the events? Vestry has retained the Rev. LaRae Rutenbar to be the lead facilitator. She is a recently retired priest, an experienced interim minister (including Emmanuel, La Grange), who loves working with congregations doing exactly this work. This will allow our Interim Rector to be fully attentive as the senior pastor of the parish. There will be trained facilitators from outside the parish at each small group so that parish members may participate fully without additional duties.
Are these conversations part of the search process? Yes. These conversations are kicking off the process. All the information gathered will be passed to the search committee. The better the parish knows itself today, the better the profile, portfolio, and discernment will be.
Who is the search committee? The search committee will be called by the vestry after Sacred Conversation #2.
Do I need to RSVP or Sign-up? Please do, at this link, to assist planning.
Is there any cost? No.
Will there be childcare? Please let us know your needs so we can plan.
Special Needs? Please let us know of any special needs e.g. transportation.
Who can participate? Anyone in the parish, the newest newcomer to longest long-timer.
What about youth/teens? They’ll have their own group and are encouraged to participate.
Are these duplicate events? No, the second will be different, following from the first. If schedule allows, please come to both. Coming to one does not preclude participation at the other.
Have another question? Please send it to the planning group here.
The letter mailed to Grace members on January 18, 2018 regarding these Sacred Conversations is here.