Nominees for Vestry
Annual Meeting – January 26, 11:15 am
Each year at this time I receive a delightful surprise and am able to pass exciting news on to the parish at large. This is the season in which the Nominating Committee brings forward a slate of nominees for election to the Vestry by the parish. Numerous suggestions are made to the committee and they do the hard work of narrowing those suggestions to the final slate. The list is submitted to the Vestry for their approval to ensure that the nominees are qualified by having been Confirmed in the Episcopal Church and that they support the parish with a pledge. Each nominee must also be invited to accept the nomination.
Being Rector of a parish is a little odd in terms of church membership. While I preside at Vestry meetings and charge the Nominating Committee with the responsibility of selecting the slate, I do not meet with the committee nor am I permitted to vote on the slate at the Annual Meeting. My responsibility is simply to serve with those elected by the congregation.
Over the years, I’ve discovered what a great blessing this system is. I am the beneficiary of the decisions made by the Nominating Committee and the Parish. I get to serve with the people that you select and there is a real gift in that for me personally. It all helps to remind me that God has a guiding hand in our nomination and election process. Those brought forward and elected serve us so well.
Again this year, I am delighted with the slate of nominees and grateful to each person on that slate for their willingness to serve if elected. Each is well qualified and has very much to offer. Those put forward for your consideration are (listed alphabetically):
Will Hill Tankersley
I am also excited to announce that the Vestry has elected Jimmy McLemore to serve as Senior Warden and Radney Ramsey to serve as Junior Warden for 2020. They will lead us well.
The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 26, 2019, at 11:15 am. Prior to that time you will receive a brochure with photographs and a biographical sketch of each nominee to help inform your choice. Meanwhile, please keep each of these nominees in your prayers. May those we elect be equipped with God’s grace so that our parish might deepen our vision and mission.
Robert C. Wisnewski, Jr.
Nominees for Bishop of Alabama
On January 18, clergy and lay delegates in the Diocese of Alabama will elect a new Bishop who will become the diocesan bishop upon the retirement of The Rt. Rev. Kee Sloan at the end of 2020. The nominees for that positon are: The Rev. Glenda Curry; The Rev. Evan Garner; The Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles; and The Rev. Aaron Rawlinson.
Lay Delegates from St. John’s are: Radney Ramsey; Marney Garzon; George Mathews; Betty Mathews; Jimmy McLemore; Laura McLemore; John Carter; Melissa Carter.