Latest News on Clergy Transition and Moreby Maddie Spearman on April 21, 2022
Dear St. Liz family,
I am writing to you on behalf of your Bishop’s Committee to provide a snapshot of the current goings-on at St. Liz. But before I do that, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who attended our Holy Week 2022 services, either in-person or from afar. I was particularly overjoyed to spend Easter Sunday with you all inside our lovely church, and to regain some normalcy as we continue our post-COVID reboot at St. Liz.
An Update on the Clergy Transition Process
It’s been a while since I’ve provided an update on the clergy transition process at St. Liz. On Sunday, March 27th, St. Liz parishioners met with the Rev. Mike Besson to participate in a Parish Profile Workshop. Following the workshop, Father Mike collected and organized our responses and discussion points, and then sent the data to the Bishop’s Committee. A special sub-committee has been reviewing the data and putting together St. Liz’s parish profile, which should be completed in about 2-3 weeks.
As a reminder, the final parish profile will describe (1) our history, values, quirks, strengths, challenges, current ministries, and hopes for the future; (2) what sort of traits and gifts we are hoping will be present in our next full-time vicar; and (3) economic and demographic data about Buda and the surrounding area. The document will be made available to clergy who are interested in exploring a potential call to serve as the next vicar at St. Liz, so that they can learn more about us and know where we currently stand as a congregation.
The putting together of the parish profile is an important milestone in the clergy transition process. Since Father Daniel’s departure at the end of January, St. Liz has been in what the Diocese of West Texas calls “Pre-Search” status in relation to the eventual appointment of our new full-time vicar. The Pre-Search period has given us grace to do some soul-searching as a congregation, to continue building good worship habits and fellowship practices in a post-COVID era, and to explore our shared hopes and dreams for the future of our church.
That said, St. Liz is close to moving from Pre-Search status to “Active Search” status. Once completed, our parish profile will be posted to the Diocese’s “Churches in Transition” webpage, and St. Liz will move from Pre-Search status to Active Search status. Once in Active Search status, I suspect that the rest of the clergy transition process will move fairly quickly.
So, that’s the update! Please continue to pray for St. Liz as we transition into our new chapter of pastoral leadership. And please pray also for Bishop David Reed as he is led by the Holy Spirit to appoint our next full-time vicar. I will keep you informed and updated as I know more.
Nametags are back at St. Liz! Especially as we get back into the swing of things, wearing your nametag during Sunday service is a great way to reconnect with one another and to make newcomers feel welcome. So, don’t forget to stop by the bulletin board on your way in to church to grab your nametag. Also, feel free to welcome newcomers to St. Liz by directing them to make a nametag for themselves! If you’d like a printed name tag, but do not see your name on the printed sheet, please let me or Wanda Slater know and we will add you.
Children at St. Liz - Nursery & Godly Play Updates
As we continue moving toward more familiar, pre-COVID worship practices, there has been some understandable confusion about what childcare options are available at St. Liz during worship on Sundays. St. Liz’s nursery is open each Sunday at 9:45 AM before worship. I know I speak for many at St. Liz when I say that I can’t wait to hear the joyful sounds of children filling the church again!
Our return to Godly Play will occur at some point in the near future, but not quite yet. If you have a child that would be interested in participating in Godly Play, please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Volunteers
Hey you! Are you looking to become more involved at St. Liz? Would you like to meet new people, practice servant leadership, and deepen your connection to Sunday worship? If so, you might consider joining a volunteer group!
St. Liz has several Sunday volunteer roles: Altar Guild beautifies the church and prepares the Holy Table before the service. Greeters welcome everyone into God’s House and make them feel at home. Lectors read aloud the Scriptures assigned for each Sunday. Intercessors lead the Prayers of the People. Ushers carry the Offering and the Elements to the Altar, and guide churchgoers through the service. Lay Eucharistic Ministers (“LEMs”) assist the priest in leading and administering the Holy Eucharist. St. Liz youth may volunteer by serving as Acolytes.
Each volunteer role has a written Roles & Responsibilities document that describes the qualifications, expectations and time commitment for each role. Printed copies of the Roles & Responsibilities documents are located in the vicar’s office. If you would like digital copies, please email me at email@example.com and let me know.
During COVID-19, our volunteer rosters have been a bit smaller than is typical. I invite you to prayerfully consider how you and your family may contribute your time and talent to serving at St. Liz as a volunteer!
That’s all for now. See you soon!