Canon Lou Blanchard celebrated Eucharist and preached the sermon at both services on Sunday, July 10th. After the late service she gave the congregation a Power Point presentation about the priest transition process for St. Timothy’s, and answered questions. Most of the questions revolved around how a new priest would be selected, time-frames, and the two options the Vestry has to either accept a Rector appointed by the Diocese or accept the nomination of a Priest in Charge. A Priest in Charge differs from an appointed Rector in that the Priest in Charge has an agreed-upon tenure (usually three years or less) and towards the end of the tenure there is a mutual discernment process by the Priest and the Vestry to decide whether the Priest is selected as the Rector or an abbreviated search for another priest begins. The Vestry met with Canon Lou after the congregational meeting and we decided to be open ended at this time about the decision of appointed Rector or Priest in Charge and instead focus on giving the Diocese the list of qualities St. Timothy’s desires in a new priest. The congregation submitted many suggestions and the Vestry met again on July 25th to consolidate the suggestions and forward them on to the Diocese.
The Vestry met again with Canon Lou on August 4th for training on how to best conduct candidate interviews. A candidate’s resume and qualifications have been presented to the Vestry and we are in the process of scheduling Skype and face-to-face interviews.
One other significant action was taken by the Vestry at the July 25th meeting. The Vestry voted unanimously to commit St. Timothy’s to retiring the commercial loan debt for our property mortgage by July 1, 2021. The Finance Committee will immediately begin working with the Vestry to develop scenarios and strategies to get this accomplished.