Carrie Barbee, Senior Warden — email@example.com
Stephen Filmanowicz, Junior Warden — firstname.lastname@example.org
Vestry (2016): Theresa Castor, Michael Gauger, Sandra Halgerson, Paul Haubrich, Ben Johnson, Kenneth Robinson, Margaret Schumacher, André Williams, Terry Zimmer; Christine Krueger, Clerk
A one-minute guide to the Vestry, the Wardens and the Annual Meeting.
Each Episcopal congregation has a Vestry and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is no different. The Vestry is an elected group, similar to an executive board for many other organizations. The Vestry has three primary responsibilities: to watch over parish finances (including stewardship, finances and spending, planned giving, and fundraising), look after the parish buildings (including improvement and construction), and to choose those who will fulfill positions of leadership and representation such as the rector, convention delegates, and others. The Vestry also acts as an advisory council to the rector of St. Paul’s.
The members of the Vestry are lay members of the church, elected at an annual parish meeting. Each member serves a 2 or 3 year term and must be a member of good standing in the parish. Members attend a monthly Vestry meeting, as well as other meetings and retreats.
Also at the annual meeting, the membership votes to elect a Senior and Junior Wardens. Wardens are the chief stewards and servants of the congregation who must serve as examples of faithful parish members and who do their best to donate their time, talent and treasure. Wardens fulfill a variety of responsibilities, depending on what the Vestry has delegated, the needs of the rector, the wardens’ own interests, etc. In almost all cases, the Wardens take charge of legal responsibilities for property and contracts, fiduciary concerns and congregational interests.
The vestry of St. Paul’s Church usually meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in the Parlor. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are open to members of the congregation.
The annual parish meeting is held over lunch on the third or fourth Sunday in January following the 10:15 a.m. service. Read the booklet for the 2016 annual meeting — St. Paul’s 177th — which includes annual reports from committees led by members of the congregation covering areas such as Finance, Outreach, Parish Life, and Worship, Music and Liturgy.
How can I get involved?
Anyone interested in serving on the Vestry may contact one of the wardens. Nominations for vestry members and wardens are made by the Nominating Committee and announced to the congregation of St. Paul’s at least three weeks prior to the Annual Meeting. Any additional nominations must be submitted to the chair of the Nominating committee at least two weeks prior to the annual meeting. No nominations shall be accepted from the floor during the Annual Meeting. The members of the Vestry and the wardens are then elected by congregation at the Annual Meeting.
Additionally, there are multiple other opportunities for involvement in the management of the church and other Fellowship Opportunities.