This past Saturday, Interim Rector Fr. Bob Honeychurch and four members of the Parish Profile Committee (PPC) met with clergy, vestry, and parishioners at the first of two seminars designed to engage and move Church of Our Saviour closer to the permanent rector search. Fr. Bob Honeychurch lead Saturday’s seminar: Sharing Our History Day, which encouraged all in attendance to share their stories and personal history and involvement with our storied parish.
Church of Our Saviour’s Parish Profile Committee (PPC) officially launched its mission this past Sunday at the Forum. PPC chair, Paul Kilian lead a detailed discussion of the work ahead as the congregation seeks to provide input to that will assist in the creation of an updated Parish Profile and inform the search for a new rector.
Our Transition Period is an exciting time in the life of COS, and your personal challenge is to catch the energy of it and do your part. Our Parish Profile Committee is now in full swing. And If you didn’t know – together, over the next several months, we will be creating a Parish Profile: a document for which we’re assembling a complete and various account of everything about the Church of Our Saviour that a potential rector might want to know: History, Finances, Demographics, Facilities, Hopes & Dreams . . . you name it.
The Church of our Saviour Vestry met for its annual retreat on Friday June 15 and Saturday June 16. The retreat was held at one of the houses of the Community of Divine Love.
Friday night included a vestry orientation for all members. This included the role of the vestry, exceptions of vestry leaders and the responsibilities involved with being a lay leader. Next, vestry members participated in a story telling activity as a means of getting to know each other better. The members were provide with topics regarding faith, worship, disappointments, joys and other topics related to seeing God in others.
On May 6 your Parish Profile Committee (PPC) was commissioned at morning services. The group comprises Joshua Alvarenga, Meredith Brucker, Nancy Duling, Katherine Feng, Ben Harrington, Eric Miller, Maureen Sprunger, and Charlotte Van Fleet. The chair is Paul Kilian.
Charged with developing a document to assist the Rector Search Committee in explaining to potential candidates exactly who we are as the Church of Our Saviour, the PPC’s first task is to gather feedback from every parishioner regarding the church’s strengths and its challenges as well as where we have been, our hopes and dreams for the future, and the qualities we are seeking in a new rector.
Thank you to all that could be a part of the joyous celebration of Father Gary and Peg’s life at this church. Love could be felt in every corner of this campus. Gary and Peg were surprised by the trees (and the plaques below them) that were planted to honor their ministries too the Church of Our Saviour. The trees are oak trees and are planted in the back parking lot. Please visit the trees and say hello to them.
From the Senior Warden- Fr. Bob Honeychurch will begin his interim ministry with the Church of Our Saviour on Feb. 12. This is the week that Lent begins. Ash Wednesday will be the first time many parishioners have the opportunity to meet Father Bob Honeychurch.
The Wardens and Vestry of Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel announce that it has called the Rev. Dr. J. Robert Honeychurch to serve as interim priest beginning Feb. 12, 2018. Dr. Honeychurch’s tenure with us will be one year or until a new rector is called. He is serving as in interim priest with the authority of a rector. This decision was made at the vestry meeting on Dec. 5, 2017.
Father Gary opened the Vestry meeting with several readings focusing on transition. The following prayer moved me and I wanted to share it with fellow parishioners.
“O God, You know us better than we know ourselves. Guide us throughout our time of transition. Empower each one of use to use our unique gifts to create a beautiful life, to share openly and honestly our thoughts, to respect the opinions of others and to encourage humility, patience and joy. Instill in us a vision of the life you intended for us to lead. Guided by your Holy Spirit, we will be united in love and joyfully accomplish this mission, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen”