Now Open, Parish leadership nominations and elections

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church

 

Parish Leadership Nomination & Election Process

 

A commitment to democracy is an important part of governance in the Episcopal Church.

 

This commitment is embodied as follows: Our national church is led by a triennial General Convention consisting of two houses: the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies. The House of Deputies consists of elected deputies, lay and clergy, from each diocese. The General Convention sets church standards, plans and budget.  The Diocese of Maine is led by our elected Bishop and our annual Diocesan Convention with delegates elected from every Parish. The Convention elects Diocesan officers and committees and approves an annual budget.

 

Our St. Alban’s Parish is led by our Rector and our elected Wardens, Treasurer and Vestry. Our Vestry includes a group of nine lay people elected by the Parish to work with the Rector and the officers to oversee the temporal health of our congregation and approve a budget.

 

At St. Alban’s, a new group of three Vestry members is elected at each Annual Parish Meeting in January to replace those whose three-year terms have expired. This rotation permits a continuing, yet annually refreshed group of leaders. St. Alban’s has been blessed with an active, working Vestry. This year a fourth election will occur do to an early vacancy for a remaining two-year term.

 

The Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and Treasurer are elected for one-year terms. Although the canons say the Rector chairs the vestry meetings, the Senior Warden by tradition chairs our Vestry in general and leads and guides the business of the Parish. The Junior Warden assists and takes on special projects. The Treasurer manages and reports upon all finances, including operating, reserve and endowment funds, and coordinates the bookkeeper’s work. We have been blessed with lay leaders and officers who work happily and closely with the Rector.

 

Delegates to the Diocese of Maine Convention are also elected at our Annual Meeting. These are active members of the Parish who prepare for and attend a weekend convention to discern diocesan policy, budget and plans.

 

All members of St. Alban’s are eligible to vote in the Parish leadership election. You are considered a member if you are regular in attendance and make a contribution to the life of the Parish of time, talent and treasure. In order to vote you must sign in and attend the 2020 Annual Meeting on January 26, 2020 in Bonoff Hall at 11:30 a.m.

 

Our Vestry includes people with a variety of skills, backgrounds, ages, and length of membership at St. Alban’s. Some are lifelong Episcopalians. Others are relatively new to the Episcopal Church. Discerning whether someone is called to serve on the Vestry requires us all to prayerfully review their gifts and talents with an eye to the needs of the church.

 

The Vestry and clergy of St. Alban’s meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Each meeting contains presentations and discussions on various areas of Parish life. Vestry policy decisions guide our Parish life. The clergy are an important part of Vestry discussions and the treasurer makes detailed monthly report.  Visitors are always welcome to attend any meeting, excepting the occasional executive sessions of the Vestry.

 

Parish Leadership Nominations and Elections for 2020

 

In order to stimulate an open, fair, and well understood process for the election of Parish leadership, and pursuant to a Vestry resolution of June 10, 2014, the Rector and Senior Warden of St. Alban’s Parish are pleased to announce the plans for the 2020 election of the Parish leadership.

 

As provided in our policy, a Nominating Committee has been estasblished to review all nominations from the Parish and to recommend three Parishioners to stand for election as Vestry members with three-year terms, and one candidate each to serve one-year terms as Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and Treasurer. The Committee may also nominate persons to fill any vacancies existing on the Vestry at the time of the annual meeting from persons who have left before the end of their terms. The Committee will endeavor to recommend a blend of parishioners; considering age, gender, and experience with that of current Vestry members. Any member may make a nomination, including a self-nomination. The terms of service for the new Vestry members will begin immediately following the Annual Meeting on January 26th.

 

The committee will also recommend five parishioners to serve as Delegates to the 2020 Diocesan Convention.

 

The following schedule for Parish leadership nominations and elections

 

  • October 24 By parish email, announcement of the procedures and Nominating Committee membership.
  • October 24-November 13Nominations open to all parish members
  • Nov 14 Nominating Committee meets
  • January 10     Nominations announced with biographies and photos
  • January 26     Annual Parish Meeting and election

 

The Nominating Committee is chaired by Sara Merrill, co-chaired by Chris Pezzullo, and is composed of the outgoing Vestry members, the wardens, treasurer and clergy, as well as two at-large members, selected by the wardens.

 

The Members of the Nominating Committee

Sara Merrill, current Senior Warden

Chris Pezzullo, current Junior Warden

Doug Jones, current Treasurer

Joan Hankinson, Katie Payson, David Stankiewicz, departing Vestry members

Lisa Newbold, at-large member

Tim Hartsfield, at-large member

The Rev. Tim Boggs, Rector

The Rev. Holly Hoffmann, Associate Rector

 

Current and continuing Vestry members not serving on the Nominating Committee

Bill Bell, Sarah Choi, Maryann Sedlack, Terry Ann Scriven and Sheila Zimmerman

 

Current Diocese of Maine Convention Delegates for 2019

Anne Sedlack

Tim Queeney

Lisa Leighton

Lynne Lovett

Red Sullivan

 

These Vestry members and Delegates are all available for questions

if you would like to know more about serving.

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A box for submitting nominations will be available in Bonoff Hall from October 24 to November 13th. Nominations may also be given to a Nominating Committee member. Your nominations to Parish Leadership positions should be made not later than November 13th.

 

 

For your guidance, a nominee for a Parish leadership position:

 

  • should be a baptized member who is regular in attendance and clear in support of St. Alban’s mission and ministry;

 

  • should have demonstrated a level of commitment to St. Alban’s which you believe appropriate to service on the Vestry or as a Delegate or Officer;

 

  • should have the ability to be a constructive and unifying influence even when working with those of different viewpoints, and have a willingness to engage in and serve actively in the ongoing life of the parish;

 

  • and should not be a member of the clergy , the spouse, sibling, parent or child of a member of the Nominating Committee, or of an officer or vestry member, nor have served on St. Alban’s Vestry for at least one year.

 

 

 

 

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St. Alban's Episcopal Church
885 Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Phone: (207) 799-4014
stalbans@stalbansmaine.org