Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
This Sunday immediately following the 10:30 service we will gather as a faith community for our 52nd Annual Parish Meeting. This annual meeting is deeply rooted in tradition and Canon and is required for all Episcopal Churches.
Since we are an Episcopal Church and not a Congregational Church we organize and function differently in our polity, a fancy word for church governance. This annual meeting is so vital to Episcopal Parishes because it is the only time we gather together to talk about finances and vote on who will lead the parish in the upcoming year.
In 1789 representatives from the newly formed "Episcopal Church" from the states of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina gathered to draft the Church's first constitution and how it functioned. It was laid out by some of the framers of the American Constitution and therefore bears an amazing resemblance to our nation's form of government: elected representatives who speak and vote for us, two houses (Bishops & lay/clergy), etc.
This affects us most directly at annual meeting time because we elect members of our faith community who will vote and carry out many initiatives and deal with budget items and infrastructure issues throughout the year: they are your elected representatives here at All Saints.
We do other things at the parish meeting: we break bread together, have fellowship together, remember those who have passed on, recall successes, talk about future visions and hopes and hear about the previous year financials as well as the upcoming year's budget.
This gathering is important and an identifier that we are Anglican. Please plan on joining us and bring your favorite main or side dish to share at the Potluck. The Vestry and I are all looking forward to seeing everyone.
Blessings & Peace
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