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Church of Our Saviour calls a new Rector

The Vestry of the Church of Our Saviour is excited to announce that it has called the Rev. Jeffrey D.S. Thornberg to be our next rector . This announcement concludes the search process that started January of 2018 when Father Gary Bradley retired.

Rev. Jeffrey Thornberg comes to the Church of Our Saviour from Fayetteville North Carolina where he is the rector of Holy Trinity Church. Jeffrey brings with him his wife Annie and three children, Eleanor, Harriet and Francie. Jeff’s first Sunday will be Sunday September 8th. We will celebrate the beginning of his ministry with us as well as the birthday of our church.

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Kuddos to so Many Individuals

Lately a number of parishioners have been putting in many hours getting the rectory and the campus ready for the vestry interviews of potential rector candidates.

I would like to thank Scott Kennedy, Sharon Crandall, Peggy O’Leary, Dinah Roberts and Lovey Sherman for all the work they put in getting the rectory ready.  Peggy is the “Power Washer Queen”. She bought the patio area in the rectory back to life, including all the outdoor furniture. It looks fabulous. Sharon Crandall has spent countless hours inside and outside the rectory. She planted azaleas, camellias, lavender, and spruced up the front of the rectory. She also worked scrubbing and working in the kitchen.

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That “In Between Time”

The Opportunity to pray for each other following Fr. Bob’s departure and the starting of a new rector.  

During Lent of this year, we as a parish took on the spiritual practice of praying for each other. For me, it was a powerful experience to pray for individuals that I knew and others that were not familiar to me. I would like to bring back this practice. While the vestry continues to interview and discern the call of a new rector and Fr. Bob is departing as our interim, I would like us, as a church, to pray for each other during this time of anticipation.

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Search Handoff

On Tuesday night, June 11 the Search Committee and the Vestry held a joint meeting. The names the final 3 candidates for the next rector were presented to the Vestry. The Search Committee has completed their work. The Vestry is eternally grateful to the hard work and dedication that has been put forth by Dennis Duling, (Search Chair), Sharon Crandall, Katherine Feng, Eric Miller, Kit Shenk, and Kari Stewart. The Search Committee will be thanked and de-commissioned on Sunday June 23 at all worship services.

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Vestry Happenings

News from the Vestry as of June 4, 2019

The vestry met tonight. Our transition plans, regarding Fr. Bob’s departure were discussed. As of this writing, we have not been given possible rector names from the Search Committee.  The committee continues to do their work of interviewing candidates and discerning the best possible future rector for the Church of Our Saviour. The Search Committee will give the 3 final candidate names to the Vestry, when they have concluded their work of discernment.

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Follow up to Budget Discussion on March 24

Thank you to all that attended the budget discussion forum this past Sunday. The turnout was great. Thank you to all that had questions and comments. All comments were noted and will be considered when moving forward.

The book that Dennis Duling mentioned is Christianity for the Rest of Us By Diana Butler Bass. He is encouraging the Search Committee to read this book. This could be a book for a Small Group discussion in the future.

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Rector Search Update

The Rector Search Committee has met seven times since being commissioned. Knowing that once we begin reviewing candidates, there will be times of differing opinions, we have spent the front end of our time together getting to know each other and building relationships to position ourselves to better work through such periods.

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From the Sr. Warden

Washing Black Socks

This year the Vestry has made some tough decisions regarding the Church of Our Saviour Budget.  To take a term from Fr. Bob Honeychurch’s sermon of (Jan. 24, 2019, which will be available at the annual meeting), “It’s time to wash the socks”. As a Vestry we can no longer say “not yet” regarding significant reductions to our operating budget.

To start the budget process, each division of the church presented their “dream budget” to the parish administrator and the finance committee. This was then given to the Vestry. This dream budget would have resulted in a draw from the endowment of over $750,000 which is clearly out of line with our current reality. Cuts were made to keep operations “status quo”.

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The Pilgrimage Towards Selecting a New Rector

A pilgrimage is how Rev. Joanna Satorius described the journey the Search Committee  would be embarking on in the process towards selecting a new rector for the Church of Our Saviour.

Rev. Joanna Satorius is the Canon for Transitional Ministries with the Diocese. She met with the Vestry and the Search Committee on Tuesday night (Jan. 22) to describe the process of conducting a search for a new rector.

The Search Committee is headed by Dennis Duling, members include Sharon Crandall, Katherine Feng, Eric Miller, Kit Shenk and Kari Stewart.

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The Rector Search Committee

On Tuesday December 4 at the monthly Vestry meeting, the vestry selected the parishioners to be members of the Search Committee.

The search committee will be made up of six individuals: Sharon Crandall, Dennis Duling, Katherine Feng, Eric Miller, Kit Shenk and Kari Stewart.  The Vestry also appointed Dennis Duling as the Chair of this Committee.

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Diocesan Convention Update

The Annual Convention for the Dioceses of Los Angeles will be held on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Ontario. The Church of Our Saviour will be represented by our clergy: Bob Honeychurch, Thomas Ni, Ellen Wekall, Marilyn Omernick and the following lay representatives: Juli Kennedy, Kevin Vine, Jonathan Burke and Katherine Feng. The alternates are Rex Bontengan and Eric Miller.

Highlights from the convention will be highlighted in the upcoming Messenger as well as in news releases from the Dioceses.

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Parish Profile Update

This past Sunday, at the Forum, Paul Kilian, Parish Profile Committee Chair, explained the work of the committee thus far and then introduced the committee members who shared their experiences and areas of focus.

Parishioners returned 170 of Parish Profile questionnaires. Page one requested statistical data from each respondent. That data is still being formatted and reviewed. Each Profile committee member was assigned a narrative question to review and analyze and their findings were shared with the congregation.

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Parish Profile Update 11/13

This past Sunday, at the Forum, Paul Kilian, Parish Profile Committee Chair, explained the work of the committee thus far and then introduced the committee members who shared their experiences and areas of focus.

Parishioners returned 170 of Parish Profile questionnaires. Page one requested statistical data from each respondent. That data is still being formatted and reviewed. Each Profile committee member was assigned a narrative question to review and analyze and their findings were shared with the congregation.

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From the Sr. Warden

The vestry is excited to announce that Rex Botengan has been appointed to fill the vacancy position resulting from Charlie Perry resigning his position. Rex brings a great deal of knowledge to the vestry, as past Director of Our Saviour Center, a long time parishioner and an individual of great faith. Rex’s tenure will run through 2021.

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Parish Profile Committee Update

Very soon the work of the Parish Profile Committee will be completed. Currently, the committee is in the process of gathering photographs and proofreading and checking the statistical data gathered over the past few months. It will then be sent to The Vestry for approval.

On Sunday, November 11 at the 9am Forum, the Parish Profile Committee will make its report to the Congregation. Each committee member will explain his/her individual portion of the process and provide a brief overview of their findings. Members of the committee are eager to share their findings with the congregation.

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Parish Profile Committee

No lazy hazy crazy days of summer for your Parish Profile Committee

Over 170 of you responded to the Parish Profile Questionnaire this past summer and the Parish Profile Committee has now completed its review of each questionnaire. The results will now inform the Profile of Church of Our Saviour and ultimately will be given to those seeking to be our next rector.

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Profile Committee Update

A few quotes from the Parish Profile questionnaire 

As you all know, parishioners carefully and thoughtfully responded to the Parish Profile questionnaire. We wanted to share a few comments that are helping inform the Parish Profile document that will be built from your input and shared with rector candidates.

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From the Sr. Warden

The Vestry held its monthly meeting on Sept 3, 2018. The Revered Canon Joanna Satorius-Canon for Formation and Transition Ministry attended as a guest speaker. She spoke to the vestry about the next steps the vestry and this church would be taking as the Parish Profile committee is compiling its data and preparing to complete the final document of the Parish Profile. Canon Satorius described various search processes we could undertake She described how the parish profile and its summary will be used to attract a field of potential rector candidates. The information she provided will be invaluable as the vestry plans for the actual search process.

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Profile Committee Update

A big thanks to all the parishioners who submitted their Parish Profile Questionnaires. The grand total stands at 170!  Of that number, 67 of you chose to fill out the online version. 170 Surveys  is quite a fair sampling of the members of our parish. You submitters will have an influential say in how we calculate the culture and climate of COS, where we see pluses and minuses amidst church life, and what kinds of hopes and dreams we have for the future of the church.

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