St. James’ Parish Annual Meeting/ & Vestry Election & Brunch, January 28. We will have one service at 9:30am

St. James’ Parish Annual Meeting/ & Vestry Election & Brunch, January 28. We will have one service at 9:30am

We will have one service at 9:30am

Voting will also be done at the end of the 9:30am service.

 The Brunch and Annual Meeting will begin around 10:45am. Please bring food to share.

Nominated for vestry (3 year term, 3 position’s)  Nan Gill-Wilson, Scott MacMillin & Kim Pelfrey

Nominated for Warden (2 year term, 1 Position)  Chip Hansen
The term is used in the 1979 BCP and earlier editions, and means a self-supporting congregation under a rector, as opposed to a mission or other congregation under a vicar. Some state laws provide for the incorporation of Episcopal parishes, and the election of rectors, wardens, and vestry members. Many diocesan canons distinguish between a fully self-supporting congregation with a full-time priest and one which is not, calling the former “parishes” and the latter “missions.” However, other Episcopal dioceses call all congregations “parishes,” or simply “congregations.” In English canon law, a parish is an area under the spiritual care of a priest. The term is used without any specific definition other than a “Congregation of this Church” in the canons of the Episcopal Church.

Parish Annual Meeting
A meeting of the members of a parish. The by-laws of the parish generally require an annual parish meeting and state the qualifications to be a voting member of the parish. Diocesan canons may state requirements concerning parish meetings. The annual parish meeting typically elects vestry members, and it may elect vestry officers. Delegates to diocesan convention and representatives to other diocesan, deanery, or parish entities may also be elected by the parish meeting. The budget of the parish may be presented and approved. The rector, vestry officers, music director, Christian education director, and other parish or program leaders may make presentations at the annual parish meeting. The parish by-laws may allow the rector or a majority of the vestry to call a special parish meeting at any time. The by-laws may specify the requirements for a special parish meeting, including the requirements for notice to the members of the parish.

Vestry
The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of vestry members and the term of office varies from parish to parish. Vestry members are usually elected at the annual parish meeting. The presiding officer of the vestry is the rector. There are usually two wardens. The senior warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the rector. The junior warden often has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a secretary or clerk may be chosen. These officers may or may not be vestry members. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church’s mission by word and deed, to select the rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.