Once each year, our by-laws and diocesan canons require us to gather as a body to discuss the church's business and elect new vestry members. Although required, holding a "family" meeting is an excellent thing to do in any family from time to time. As a parish, our family meeting includes presentation of our annual budget, the Senior Warden's report, vestry election, and Fr. Sammy's "State of the Parish" address.
Our annual meeting will necessarily work differently this year since we cannot all be in the same room together. Fr. Sammy will open the meeting on Zoom, Sunday, January 24, at 11 a.m. That day, he will present the Annual Report, acknowledge retiring vestry members, introduce the slate of vestry nominees, open the floor for nominations, and open the balloting. The meeting will then be gavelled into adjournment for one week because the vestry must be elected "at the Annual Parish Meeting," according to our diocesan canons.
Votes may be cast Sunday, January 24 through 7 a.m., Sunday, January 31, in paper or digital form. The meeting will reconvene on Sunday, January 31, at 11 a.m. on Zoom for other business, including the Rector's and Senior Warden's reports. Vestry members will be selected through the casting of lots following the reports. Both Zoom sessions will be recorded for those who cannot be present.