Greetings from Rev. Mike Woods

Greetings St. Liz,

The Woods family is very excited to begin our time with you this coming week. It has been a long hot summer for us as I am sure it has been the same for you.

I am writing this after standing outside with our oldest daughter, Harper, as we watched a nice little summer rainstorm pour down upon us. It was just long enough that it knocked the heat out of the air and left a cool breeze in its wake. It was cool enough that we actually felt like spending more than ten minutes outside after the storm passed. ...Read More

2020 Bishop’s Committee + Leadership Team

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on December 19, 2019
Hi friends, I’m writing with an update and a reminder.  Our update is that I’m pleased to announce our 2020 Bishop’s Committee (the “BC”).  Our BC members for 2020 are as follows:
            Krista Piferrer, joined January 2019 (Bishop’s Warden as of Jan. 2020)
Tina Otto, joined Nov. 2017
Philip Johnson, joined Dec. 2017
Charlie Welvaert, joined Jan. 2018
            David Jensen, joined Jan. 2019
            Betsy Terrel, joined Jan. 2019
            Ruth Anne Bloor, joined Jan. 2020
            Rachel Joiner, joined Jan. 2020
            Kevin Hammond, joined Jan. 2020
Sarah Johnson, (joined Jan. 2019.  Treasurer, non-voting member.)
Please commend these folks to your daily prayers!  Our BC members who are rolling off are Julie Warfield (who joined the BC in March of 2015 and has served as Bishop’s Warden since at least fall of 2016) and Dave McCoy (joined Jan. 2017 and has served as Jr. Warden since Jan. of 2019).  Additionally, this spring Sarah Williams resigned from the BC due to significant scheduling conflicts.  Sarah was scheduled to roll off at the end of 2019 as well. I’m grateful for their hard work, and for their continued support as they help train our newest members.
You will notice that this list does not include a Jr. Warden.  That may change, or, given our particular facility needs at the moment, we may get creative in how that role functions.  So that piece is still unknown, but I wanted to update everyone on where the BC was for starting 2020.
Since I arrived at St. Liz, I have tried to nudge us towards regularity of volunteer terms, particularly on the Bishop’s Committee.  Voting members of the BC serve for three years. We had folks roll off last year, and likewise this year, Dave and Julie are rolling off.  This is not a reflection of their work but is simply our trying to habituate some best practices for as a community.
There are two primary reasons for regularizing BC terms: first, this helps guard against volunteer burnout, which is something St. Liz has struggled with in the past.  Second, when St. Liz becomes a parish, and instead of a Bishop’s Committee we have an elected vestry, term limits will be the norm.  Thus, in regularizing BC terms, we’re already preparing ourselves for the future of our common life as a parish.  2020 will be the first year in quite some time in which all members of the BC joined knowing in advance that at the end of three years, they would roll off.  Barring unforeseen circumstances and/or unanticipated reasons to the contrary, at the end of 2020, Tina Otto, Philip Johnson, and Charlie Welvaert will roll off the BC.
Next, a reminder about St. Liz’ Leadership Team!  Our Leadership Team is composed of, but not limited to, our Bishop’s Committee, hosts/leaders of Life Groups, and ministry leads (Acolyte Master, Lead Usher, Children’s Chapel Coordinator, etc.)  As many of you will remember, our Leadership Team grew out of our work back in 2017-2018 with a consultant named Dr. Bob Whitesel.  Dr. Whitesel helped us set and achieve some goals as a community of faith.
Leadership Team meetings are good ‘rally the troops’ opportunities.  Additionally, after the Bishop’s Committee, Leadership Team is the first group I usually go to as Vicar to communicate ideas and my sense of where we are as a congregation.  Leadership Team meetings are open to the congregation.  Our first Leadership Team meeting for 2020 will be on Saturday, January 25th from 10am-noon.
Finally, I’d like to say an extra word of thanks to Julie Warfield, who was a rock for St. Liz during the clergy transition between Bp. Jennifer and me during 2017, and has consistently been a source of support and wisdom for me as I’ve learned the ropes of Vicar’ing.  I am grateful to continue serving alongside her in ministry at St. Liz and in the wider Diocese of West Texas.
God’s Peace
Fr. Daniel+