Updates from Ramona
Reminders from the Vestry and Rev. Ramona: APRIL 23 2019
Vestry Meetings are scheduled on the 4th Tuesday of each month, and take place in the Saint Mary’s Room. Start time for the meeting is 5:30 p.m.
Vestry Minutes: Minutes of Vestry Meetings will be available for Saint Mary’s members to read within one week after the Vestry meeting. Minutes will be in the Saint Mary’s Room, placed in a notebook marked “Vestry Minutes and Bylaws”, and located on the coffee table.
Saint Mary’s By-Laws:
A copy of Saint Mary’s Bylaws will be placed in the “Vestry Minutes and Bylaws” notebook, located on the coffee table in the Saint Mary’s Room.
Holy Week through Easter – It Takes a Village!
Dear Members of Saint Mary’s,
BIG THANKS to all who helped make Holy Week, Easter Vigil, and Easter Day prayerful, beautiful, praiseful, joyful, and fun! It takes a village made up of:
Brunch makers and servers
Egg boilers, dyers, and hiders
Young at heart
And all who did whatever needed doing! In appreciation, Rev. Ramona
There is no new information regarding the Title IV hearing process. When
additional information becomes available, Bishop Prior will meet with the Saint
Mary’s faith community. If you have questions, please contact Saint Mary’s
Wardens Jim DeLuca and Sarah Youngerman, or Rev. Ramona Scarpace.
Music Director Search Update
The Music Director Search Committee will have its first meeting on Wednesday,
April 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s Room. Thank you to Search Committee
members Josh McCallister, Nina Johnson, Ginny DeLuca, Lucas Nerbonne, Todd
Reemtsma, Catherine Welsh, and Cindy James, for taking up this important work.
Update from LeaderWise
After meeting with nineteen members of Saint Mary’s faith community (on March
26 and March 27) LeaderWise consultants have forwarded to Saint Mary’s “Next
Step Considerations”. Their recommendations are listed below:
1). Consider having LeaderWise facilitate a psychoeducational workshop on the
topic of resilience and also facilitate training for peer led listening sessions that
may come in the future.
2). A future listening session to be scheduled to meet with the youth. (Note from
Rev. Ramona: The youth who attend the Wednesday night gatherings have been
asked is they would like to have a listening session. At this point, there isn’t an
interest. The option of a listening session remains open at any time in the future.)
3). If desired, LeaderWise is available to serve in a consultative role for Saint
Mary’s clergy, staff, and congregants.
4). Consider how to involve/exercise the body: Saint Mary’s members have
significant gifts and ideas related to resilience. Maximizing the involvement in
working together, not just figuratively, but in a tangible capacity will create
opportunities for addressing self-care and resilience.
5). Outside support for clergy as needed.
6). Ask key personnel (clergy, staff, vestry, members) to benefit from existing
resources. Insight could then be discussed and applied to the future of Saint
Mary’s Episcopal Church.
Resource Recommendations from LeaderWise for Saint Mary’s Members and
Peter Steinke (2006). Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach
Ronald A. Heifetz and Marty Linsky (2002). Leadership on the Line: Staying
Alive Through the Dangers of Leading
Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Anne McKee (2002). Primal Leadership:
Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence.
Harriet Learner (2002). The Dance of Connection: How to talk to Someone When
You’re Mad, Hurt, Scared, Frustrated, Insulted, Betrayed, or Desperate.
Timothy Geoffrion (2005). The Spirit Led Leader: Nine Leadership Practices and