A crucial element of our life together is regularly gathering around and discussing our accomplishments and struggles in the previous year and where we hope to go in the future. Within the American Anglican tradition, this has usually been accomplished once a year at the Annual Parish Meeting.
In some respects, the Annual Meeting is a business meeting. The budget for the coming year will be presented, new officers will be elected to the vestry, amendments to our parish Constitution will be made. These tasks can seem tedious and a distraction from the "real work" of ministry. But we must never forget that our God is one who came down into the most humble of circumstances and lived out a full human life, complete with all the mundane and mediocre tasks of daily living in this world. Part of his ministry to us is to support us as we do the same. Indeed, so much of the most sublime moments in Christian life take place in quiet and unimpressive places. This is as it should be: our God meets us where we spend most of our time, such is the extravagance of his grace to us. Never scoff at the mundane, brothers and sisters, and miss the mercies of our God there.
But the meeting is a bit more than mundane business. It concerns itself with the mission and vision of the parish. Who are we? Where are we going? What have we accomplished? These are important sign-posts of our journey with the Lord, both as individuals and as a parish, that need to be regularly remembered. Father Adam, our Senior Warden, and some of our ministry leaders will be giving reports about the work of Christ Church Anglican, and what we hope to accomplish together in the future. Feedback from the people of Christ Church is always welcome, but it will be most especially solicited at the Annual Meeting.
If you are a member of Christ Church, your presence is most essential. We cannot take votes on crucial matters without a quorum of our membership. If you have not yet submitted your Membership Covenant for this coming year, please bring it with you to the Annual Meeting.
If you are not a member, you are still welcome, and even encouraged to attend. There is no better way to get a quick snapshot of our life together than by coming to the Annual Meeting.
The normal Fellowship Hour will be replaced by the Annual Meeting, considering time constraints. But the normal lay of food will be beefed up by potluck offerings from you all. More information to come soon.