St. Liz Updates

by Maddie Spearman on February 3, 2022

Dear St. Liz family,

 

This past Sunday, we bid farewell to Father Daniel and the Rev. Lucy. I don’t think there was a dry eye anywhere in the church! It was such a beautiful and fitting celebration to bring to a close Father Daniel’s time with us. 

 

This week’s newsletter contains a variety of practical and logistical information to help guide us as we begin a new chapter at St. Liz. The next few weeks will be a transformative time for our community, as we lean on one another, learn more about who we are, and prepare for what is to come. On that note, please remember to mark your calendars for Sunday, March 27th, when the Rev. Mike Besson will return to St. Liz to host a parish profile workshop for the whole congregation following morning worship.

 

Interim Vicar Update

At this point, there are no updates to report regarding the interim vicar. I will send another update whenever the interim is named and appointed by Bishop Reed, which should be in one to two weeks. As a reminder, the interim will work part-time (Sundays plus one weekday early in the week) until the eventual appointment of our new full-time vicar. 

 

“Who You Gonna Call?”

Practically speaking, now that Father Daniel has departed St. Liz, he is no longer ours to call for pastoral or other questions. From now on, for any St. Liz-specific matters or questions that may arise, please contact me, Wanda Slater, a volunteer leader, or a member of the Bishop’s Committee, as appropriate (more details below). 

 

For questions about clergy transition updates, newsletter content, pastoral needs*, or for any other St. Liz-specific matters or questions not addressed in this paragraph, please contact me (warden@st-liz.org). (*Whenever he or she is appointed, you of course may contact the interim vicar directly regarding any pastoral needs.)

 

For additions or changes to the congregation’s Prayer List, questions from any community groups using church facilities, or for scheduling needs, please contact Wanda Slater, Parish Administrator (parishadmin@st-liz.org).

 

For questions about volunteer duties, training, or scheduling, please contact the appropriate volunteer leader (volunteer@st-liz.org):

  • BC of the Day - Maddie Spearman 
  • LEM/Readers/Intercessor - Will Piferrer 
  • Altar Guild - Kim Fry 
  • Acolyte - Kevin Hammond
  • Usher - John Sharkey 
  • Greeter - David Joiner 

For most other needs, please contact the appropriate Bishop’s Committee members (volunteer@st-liz.org)

 

BC TEAM

RESPONSIBILITIES

MEMBERS

Mission & Ministry 

Meals delivered, altar flowers delivered, cards mailed, Godly Play, etc.

Ruth Anne Bloor

Roberta Haas

Laurie Biscoe

Laura Lozano

Finance & Administration

Budgeting, financial giving, communications, calendar, etc.

Maddie Spearman

Lisa White, Treasurer

Kevin Hammond

Michael Harrison

Facilities

Building maintenance & repair, grounds, gardens, etc.

 

John Sharkey

Michael Hemby

 

“D**n the Rain, Full Speed Ahead!”

When I worked as a camp counselor during high school and college, our fun summertime activities would often get canceled because of unexpected afternoon thunderstorms. This was always a HUGE bummer, because you can’t do anything fun at summer camp when it’s pouring rain. Whenever this happened, to boost our morale, we staff members would say to one another, "D**n the rain, full speed ahead!

 

As the summer wore on, and we were pushed to the brink of our physical, emotional and spiritual limits, the phrase became a lovable team mantra that we would use to weather all sorts of difficult situations together (long staff meetings, greasy camp food, poison ivy, scorching summer heat, bug bites, lack of sleep, etc.). It was a silly and cynical way for us to remind ourselves that we could rely on one another, even on rainy days, and that things would ultimately be okay. It also helped us to not take ourselves too seriously. 

 

Today, St. Liz is in the midst of a clergy transition. We are also approaching Year 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us have been pushed to the brink of our physical, emotional and spiritual limits during this season of loss and change. More than ever, as we continue being the Church, it’s important to remember that we can rely on one another, even on rainy days. We are in this together, and things will ultimately be okay.

 

On the topic of being in this together - if you’d like to become more connected with or involved in ministries, volunteering, or activities at St. Liz (i.e. leading or attending Morning Prayer, volunteering on Sundays, calling or visiting with visitors or newcomers, watering the porch plants, checking on folks we haven’t seen in a while, etc.), please let me, Wanda, a volunteer leader or any member of the Bishop’s Committee know. You can also email volunteer@st-liz.org with any questions or ideas. 

 

Bishop’s Committee Meetings

As a reminder, Bishop’s Committee meetings are open to all members of St. Liz. Recently, we have been meeting via Zoom every other Sunday. Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 6th at 7:00 PM. The link for the meeting can be found here.

 

Morning Prayer, Tuesdays at 8:30 AM

Morning Prayer is going strong! Please join us at the church on Tuesday mornings at 8:30 AM.

 

That’s all for now. See you soon!

 

Love, 

Maddie

 

Maddie Spearman

Bishop’s Warden

warden@st-liz.org

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