Dear Holy Apostles Family,
We suspect, like us, you have mixed feelings about Father John’s recent announcement of his calling to St. John’s Church in Montgomery. While we are saddened by the loss of our spiritual leader for the past 12 years, we are very happy for him, Sarah and the girls as they embark on their new adventure. John has left an indelible mark on Holy Apostles for which we are all grateful. Nonetheless, goodbyes are always difficult. You should have already received a note outlining the ways we will say goodbye and how you can participate.
As your elected Vestry, we stand ready, and even a little excited perhaps, to lead the congregation on its search for a new Rector. We will seek someone who recognizes the many attributes that make Holy Apostles special…not the least being all of you and the energy, talent, commitment and faith that we all share in service to our Lord.
An initial Zoom meeting has been held with Reverend Sharon Alexander, the Canon to the Ordinary, and our diocesan guide through the search process. Several conversations will no doubt take place in the coming weeks and months.
Canon Alexander described to us the search process and the options we will have as we begin. First and foremost, a Search Committee will be formed. Initial assignments will include conducting a Parish Survey to make sure we collectively craft a description of the ideal characteristics of our next Rector. Simultaneously, a Parish Profile will be developed to tell candidates about Holy Apostles, our ministries, outreach and the congregation.
Canon Alexander described the recruitment alternatives of either an approximate 18-month national search or a somewhat modified search (guided by her and Bishop Phoebe), which might last 6-8 months. The Vestry will explore both options with the Search Committee and report back to you.
Meanwhile, an Interim Priest will be appointed by the diocese to assist in daily activities and support Father Clay and the church staff. This would not be a time of significant change, but an opportunity to insure that all our ministries remain active, engaged and supported. Per the diocese, Father Clay would not be eligible to serve as the Interim.
What is important at this early point is to meaningfully express our thanks to John, individually and collectively, for his service to Holy Apostles. We also want to take this time to express our support to Clay and the church staff as well as each other.
If you have a desire to play a role in the search process, please let me or the church staff know. If you can think of ways that we may more strongly work together to worship and connect during this interim time, please do the same.
While our future leader may be temporarily unknown, we are confident that the longstanding love and connection we have as a faith community will endure and even grow stronger through this process.
Be safe and know that we are here with you and for you.
Respectfully and on behalf of the Vestry,
Dear Holy Apostles Family,