A Prayer for the Parish, from the Book of Common Prayer p. 817
Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven
and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen
the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent.
Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring
us all to be of one heart and mind within your holy Church;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
As of January 8, 2017, The Rev. Robby Vickery has retired as Rector of St. Michael’s after nearly 27 years of service. We honored him with a celebration of his ministry at his final services on January 8. This page will be regularly updated by the Vestry and Wardens as we undertake the work of calling St. Michael’s next permanent Rector.
Update: May 25, 2017 from vestry member Rob Scott
As mentioned in the Sunday Trumpet delivered to your email boxes today, the Search Committee Nomination period has begun. Please click here to go to the search committee nomination page to learn more about this ministry and complete the nomination form.
Update: May 2, 2017 from vestry member Mary Healy
Update: April 25, 2017 from Vestry member Mary Healy
- All answers are strictly anonymous. We have no way of matching any assessment to a particular person, so please feel free to candidly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences.
- The assessment will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please set aside enough time to complete the survey in one sitting, since partial work is not saved by this online tool.
Rector Search Update from our Sr. Warden, Margo Russell – March 23, 2017:
The initial step for a church in transition between rectors is to determine where they are headed and what their focus is towards this mission from God. This is important to identify so that the new rector can be selected with the characteristics and skills needed to guide the church on this path. The Diocese has a clearly outlined process for us to follow. St. Michael’s has the fundamental ideals of our core values, mission and vision, but they were developed over twelve years ago. The Vestry reviewed these documents and determined the core values and mission were a bit stale. St. Michael’s has changed and evolved over this time.
We are developing a Task Force of church and program leaders to start the discussion on what the current direction of St. Michael’s is and what we value. A congregational consultant will guide us through these discussions to begin the process of redrafting our mission and core values in April. Soon thereafter, we will invite the congregation to attend a Visioning Event to discuss the preliminary work and provide feedback. This will be your chance to be involved in an exciting discussion on the future of St. Michael’s. Look for announcements soon about the date of this Visioning Event and plan to attend. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Margo Russell or any vestry member.
Interim Rector Update from our Jr. Warden, Lisa Killough – March 20, 2017:
As of our March Vestry meeting on March 20th, we have called the Rev. Dr. Peter Casparian to be our Interim Rector. Peter will lead us during this process and support the Vestry as they continue the search process for St. Michael’s next permanent rector. We are thrilled to have Peter joining us here at St. Michael’s and look forward to his time with us as we continue through this exciting transition! For more information about Peter, please see the click here.
Rector Search update from our Junior Warden, Lisa Killough – February 8, 2017:
- Below is a summary timeline and description of the start of St. Michael’s search for its next rector.
- A Congregation Evaluation with a timeline of 3 to 6 months and to include
- Self-Assessment—describe/update our Core Values and Mission/Vision
- Rector Profile—determine characteristics and skills desired in the new rector
- Profile of SMEC—creation of an online description of St. Michael’s
- Form Search Committee— nomination forms to be part of the search committee and to nominate a rector candidate will be available shortly
- Active Search with a 4 to 6 month timeline
A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here
Please be PATIENT and PRAY for your Vestry that will be leading this process.
Rector Search update from our Senior Warden, Lisa Killough – January 18, 2017:
St. Michael’s Vestry has already begun the process in searching for the next rector to lead our church. Last Saturday, we met with the Transitional Minister from the Diocese who gave us an overview of the process which begins with a Congregation Evaluation to determine who we are, what we are about and where we are going—sort of updating our Vision and Mission. Every parishioner will have an opportunity to contribute to this evaluation. Please know this search process will take up to a year, maybe longer. Be patient.
Please contact any Vestry member for additional questions you may have; and please pray daily for the Vestry members and this search process.
Interim Rector update:
Vestry has also started the process to engage an Interim Rector for St. Michael’s. It is with hope that we should have an Interim Rector within 60 days.