Winter Festival Sunday and Annual Meeting: On Sunday, January 27 we will have one combined service at SsJA in our Winter Sanctuary, followed by the Annual Meeting. In addition to our regular business, we will have a special presentation on our financial future and have a time for questions and answers with the Community Labyrinth Coalition regarding the labyrinth proposal mentioned in a recent newsletter. Hard copies of the labyrinth proposal maybe be found outside the office.
We will be making our move into the Winter Sanctuary (our Parish Hall) on Sunday, January 6, where we will stay until March 31st. We do this as a way to experience a different approach to worship and fellowship, as well as to save approximately $3,000 in heating costs. The worship schedule from Sunday, January 6th until Sunday, March 31st will be as follows: Sunday 8 a.m. in Chapel, and Sunday 10 a.m. in the Winter Sanctuary within the Parish Hall. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the clergy or Vestry.
We are pleased to announce our new Parish Administrator, Robert "Beau" Bowler. We believe Robert has the training and experience needed for the Parish Administrator position.
Robert originally began working in the church as a Unitarian Universalist minister, but over time was drawn to the Episcopal church, where he embraced a ministry of administration. For the last several years he has served as the administrator for an Episcopal parish in Vermont, as well as the Director of a retreat and conference center the church houses, Stone Church Arts. We felt this uniquely qualified him for the work of administering parish life and our growing property use business, which supplements our budget. The position will continue to be half time, 20 hours a week. We hope you will welcome Robert to our community when he begins on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.
As a result of this staffing change, effective January 14, 2019 our office hours will be Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is a shift from our former 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Clergy and wardens noticed how busy the office was due to parish life and the high volume of property use. This shift in office hours will give the Parish Administrator an hour of uninterrupted time to tend to work. Due to a trip that was planned prior to joining SsJA, Robert will be away January 22-February 8. However clergy and wardens will cover the office hours except on Fridays, when our office will be closed while Robert is away. Please note our office is also closed on all federal holidays.