Every Episcopal parish has a Vestry, which is an elected leadership board. Members of the parish may be elected to three year terms, and meet monthly to discuss the direction of the parish and its programs, the allocation of budget, and the stewardship of the resources entrusted to the parish by generations of faithful members.
Moving Forward in Mission and Ministry
Spring 2018 - Last year Trinity’s Vestry identified six values that represent the mission and ministry of Trinity:
While we have lots of ideas, we seek to better understand the needs both within our congregation and the wider community as we develop and implement specific ministry initiatives around our stated values. A better understanding of needs not only will allow us to be more effective in the use of our gifts and resources but will also increase the likelihood that our efforts will be well-received and make a difference. In other words: we need to plan our work so we can work our plan. Or, to use a different metaphor: to find where the Holy Spirit has started a fire and go pour gasoline on it.
To do this, we are forming five teams of parishioners, with vestry leadership in each team, to gather some information and set both short term and longer-range goals for ministry initiatives and projects. Not only will this help us gain clarity around what God is calling us to as a faith community, but it will also help build and strengthen relationships, especially beyond the borders of Trinity. Each team will focus on one of the values (for the purpose of this, we are not including liturgy/worship), with finding, input, and recommendations to be made to the Vestry by July.
We need YOU to consider serving on one of the five values task forces. The work is limited in time and scope, as the Vestry is looking to have reports by mid-summer. Please consider helping with one of the task forces, especially if one involves an area you are passionate about. Please speak to one of the following vestry members if you are interested or have questions:
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another
with whatever gift each of you has received. - 1 Peter 4:10, NRSV
At its April 2017 meeting, the Vestry sifted through data collected at parish events over the past few years. It identified 6 Core Values. Here is a reflection on these values