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

Your 2021 Bishop’s Committee

by The Rev. Daniel P Strandlund on December 10, 2020
I am pleased to announce our 2021 Bishop’s Committee (the “BC”):
Krista Piferrer, joined January 2019 (Bishop’s Warden as of Jan. 2020)
Betsy Terrel, joined Jan. 2019
Ruth Anne Bloor, joined Jan. 2020
Kevin Hammond, joined Jan. 2020
Rachel Joiner, joined Jan. 2020
Maddie Spearman, joining Jan. 2021
John Sharkey, joining Jan. 2021
Lisa Sartorio, joining Jan. 2021
Steve Kowalik, joining Jan. 2021 (one-year term)
Lisa White, Treasurer, non-voting member, joining Jan. 2021
I hope you will join me in welcoming our BC and that you will keep them in your prayers as we begin our work together.  You will note that no one on this list is named Junior Warden yet.  We’ll discern that as a BC after the first of the year.
A few things to note: first, I want to thank our outgoing BC class—Tina Otto, Philip Johnson, and Charlie Welvaert—for their good and faithful work these past three years.  These folks are also the first class of BC members who came on knowing they’d serve a three-year term rather than an indefinite one.  Charlie has agreed to remain a part of facilities-related conversations as needed for a few months so as to ensure continuity.
Second, I’d also like to thank our outgoing treasurer, Sarah Johnson, for her work the past couple years, especially for helping us to increase our percentage of online givers.  This was an invaluable step for this year, in particular.  I am also grateful to Lisa White for agreeing to return as treasurer, a role she knows well and in which she served through the end of 2018.  Sarah has agreed to remain part of finance-related conversations as needed so as to ensure continuity there, too.
Third, many of you know that David and Ina Jensen are splitting their time between Ohio and Texas now so as to spend more time with family.  As such, David decided it was best for him and for the BC as a whole for him to step down before his term was out.  I am grateful for his work, as well, particularly his and Ina’s keeping the yard looking so good.  Steve Kowalik has agreed to step in and finish out David’s term, which had one more year remaining.  Thank you, Steve!
Finally, when the BC gathered for our annual retreat back in February (all those years ago!), we had planned to hold elections for BC members this fall.  In August, when it was clear to us that Coronatide would continue through the fall, we made the decision not to attempt elections this year, but to continue adding new members as we’ve done in the past: after consulting with some current BC folks, I invite new members directly.  Once that list is compiled, Bishop Reed officially appoints the entire 2021 Bishop’s Committee.
Again, I hope you will join me in welcoming our 2021 BC and that you will hold them (and me) in your prayers as we approach a new year.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have, as well.
God’s Peace,
Fr. Daniel+