By Jeff Tibbits, with The Rev. Carlton Kelley
Since the time our Grace Happens Here: A Guide to Our Ministries was printed and distributed to parish members back in September 2015, Grace’s Stewardship Ministry has lost half of its members and all of its leaders.
Gone now are Barbara Klugh to a well-deserved retirement after having served several years as our insightful, inspirational, and very creative leader; David Eitland, who moved away to Oregon with his wife, our former Associate Rector Katheryn King; three key members who now serve as leaders and active members on our Rector Search Committee; and, of course, our former rector Daniel, who, I will bet, wishes he were back here in cool northwest lower Michigan escaping the searing 120 degree temperatures that his blazing Arizona desert region is presently enduring . Daniel’s probably not just talking about hell on earth, he’s living in it. I pray for him, his family, and his fellow Arizonans.
Now if one includes our new Interim Rector, The Reverend Carlton Kelley, and myself as members, the Stewardship Ministry has just four members. Faced with this dilemma, Fr. Carlton has been pondering how our current resources of time and talent might best be used. He has expressed concerns that the Master Planning Committee, which was established to help with communications between groups in the parish, might be doing the work for which the Vestry should be responsible
Given the current need to establish a viable stewardship program, Fr. Carlton has decided, in consultation with several people and with the vestry’s endorsement, to blend the current members of the Master Planning Committee into the Stewardship committee. The charge for this refreshed and reconstituted group will be to establish a year round program of education and participation around stewardship. Their work will be a combination of practical planning and visioning for the future. As we realize, stewardship is best understand not as what we give, but as who we are.
The first meeting of this committee will be July 26 from 6-7:30pm in the parish hall. Let us pray for the success of this new group.