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ANNUAL MEETING 2021

The Annual Meeting is required by our by-laws and is the time we come together as a Parish to celebrate our year in ministry, vote in new members of our Vestry, and see our progress! This year's Annual Meeting was on Zoom, at 1 pm on Sunday, February 14th.

A MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR

As you might expect, this year’s Annual Meeting will look unlike any other. We will be gathering virtually, unable to see one another in real time in the way we are accustomed. That being said, your staff and vestry leaders have been working tirelessly to adapt and amend the meeting to make it safe, effective, and efficient.

 

In my experience, annual meetings (and diocesan conventions) reflect the temperature of the group gathered. They are relevant when the mission of the church is relevant, and they are irrelevant when the mission of the church is irrelevant. They are contentious when the group gathered is lacking cohesive unity, joyful when the group is jubilant, anxious when the group is anxious, and so on. I have attended short annual meetings and diocesan conventions that were teeming with energy, and others that (though short) were a complete waste of time. I have taken part in extended annual meetings and conventions that left me wondering if my time was even being valued. I have also been to long annual meetings and conventions that were exactly what I and others needed.

 

We could pretend that 2021 is completely unique in the need it brings to adapt and amend our common life and functions (such as the Annual Meeting). But on one level, is that not true every year? Whether we are aware of it or not, we adapt our

 

functions and ministries and worship every year (just in less obvious and disruptive ways).

 

I sincerely invite you to join us at 1 pm on Sunday, February 14th. Then, I will ask us all aloud, what can we learn from this time and this experience? What can we learn from the ways we have adapted and amended our common life to be relevant and sustainable in a changing world?

Contact Rev. Jeff D.S. Thornberg via email here: JeffT@COSEpiscopal.org

MEET OUR NEWLY ELECTED VESTRY MEMBERS

RETIRING VESTRY

Thank you to our retiring Vestry members for your incredible service to Church of Our Saviour. 

Rex Botengan

Katherine Feng

Mark Goluskin

Vera Hoalim

Jessica Jin

Kit Shenk

VESTRY

The Vestry is a spiritual community that serves as a “board of directors” overseeing the financial, spiritual, physical buildings, and outreach ministries of Church of Our Saviour. Individual Vestry members serve as liaisons between the multitude of ministries at Church of Our Saviour and report on the ministries to the Vestry on a regular basis.

 

As the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve, we all find ourselves wondering when things will return to normal—and what the new normal will be. Your Vestry is grappling with these same concerns. We are communicating with the Rector daily and convening weekly meetings via Zoom. Like everyone else in the world, we are in survival mode, making tough decisions to ensure that we survive as a church and as a community of faith. Together, we will get through this.

VESTRY

The Vestry is a spiritual community that serves as a “board of directors” overseeing the financial, spiritual, physical buildings, and outreach ministries of Church of Our Saviour. Individual Vestry members serve as liaisons between the multitude of ministries at Church of Our Saviour and report on the ministries to the Vestry on a regular basis.

 

As the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve, we all find ourselves wondering when things will return to normal—and what the new normal will be. Your Vestry is grappling with these same concerns. We are communicating with the Rector daily and convening weekly meetings via Zoom. Like everyone else in the world, we are in survival mode, making tough decisions to ensure that we survive as a church and as a community of faith. Together, we will get through this.

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