Remarks from Senior Warden Announcing Sixth Rector of Holy Communion
May 26, 2015
On Pentecost Sunday, it was announced that Father Sandy Webb has been called as the sixth rector of Church of the Holy Communion.
Ann Duncan, Senior Warden, gave the following remarks:
In less than two years, we've seen remarkable changes in the life of this parish. Under Sandy's leadership as Priest-in-Charge, the parish is experiencing new energy and engagement.
A full complement of well-qualified clergy and staff is in place. Adult formation has been revitalized. We are welcoming visitors and new members in more intentional ways. Facilities have been refurbished. Planning for a capital campaign is under way. Episcopal Service Corps is a new model for outreach. Attendance and stewardship giving have increased for two years in a row. And there are many more examples of the positive momentum sparked by Sandy's energy, joy and love for this parish.
The Vestry and Sandy met with Bishop Johnson recently to discuss our ministry together as priest and parish and, more importantly, to develop a mutual vision for parish ministry going forward for the next few years. As a result of these conversations, the Vestry has committed to work with Sandy to strengthen and expand the ministries of this parish in a number of strategic areas, including:
- improving our facilities;
- launching a capital campaign;
- refining and strengthening outreach programs;
- further developing the newcomers' ministry and young adult ministry;
- bringing a younger generation of parishioners into church leadership; and
- increasing stewardship and endowment funds.
It is my great honor and pleasure to tell you that, at the end of this special meeting, the Vestry voted unanimously to call Sandy to become the sixth Rector of Church of the Holy Communion.
It is fitting that we enter this new chapter in the history and work of our parish today - on Pentecost. Please join the Vestry in celebrating a strong and enduring relationship between the parish and our new Rector.
Read and listen to Father Sandy's first sermon as rector at A Sacred Presence.