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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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Parish Profile Committee Update

The first major project of the Parish Profile Committee—Congregational Input—is now entering its third phase. The first phase featured some preliminary or “warm-up” activities to explain the
information gathering process and to get our brain waves acclimated. It began with an explanatory Sunday morning Forum and continued with two Saturday seminars led respectively by Father Bob and Tom Shenk.

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Parish Profile Committee Report

Last Sunday’s Forum was all about the recently distributed Parish Profile Questionnaire, created by the Parish Profile Committee (PPC). Paul Kilian, PPC chair, rallied most of the committee to meet with fellow parishioners who had questions or who just wanted to talk more about the Parish Profile that is being created. In all, there were about 35 who attended the Profile Forum. The Parish Profile will be used to inform prospective rectors about the Church of Our Saviour community.

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Profile Committee Update

Last Saturday, the Parish Profile Committee hosted the second seminar designed to elicit information from parishioners that will ultimately guide the Vestry in the Rector search. The theme of the seminar was What do we do well and beyond? The free-ranging discussions inevitably included areas in which we need to improve.

Approximately 40 parishioners attended the seminar facilitated by Tom Shenk. Everyone was seated at a round table and each table had a facilitator. Tom asked three questions. Each table discussed among themselves and then shared their responses with the entire room.

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Profile Committee Update

Sharing Our History Seminar

This past Saturday, Interim Rector Fr. Bob Honeychurch and four members of the Parish Profile Committee (PPC) met with clergy, vestry, and parishioners at the first of two seminars designed to engage and move Church of Our Saviour closer to the permanent rector search. Fr. Bob Honeychurch lead Saturday’s seminar:  Sharing Our History Day, which encouraged all in attendance to share their stories and personal history and involvement with our storied parish.

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