This Sunday, we will have a combined service at 10:00a.m.
The Annual Parish Meeting is an important event in the life of the congregation, and is required by canon law. At the brief meeting, you will receive reports of all that God has done through our ministries in 2010. We will then vote on 3 new members to the Vestry.
The Vestry is the administrative body of lay leaders of St. Nicholas. They are elected by the congregation to 3-year terms. They meet monthly to pray, discuss, and make important decisions. Each Vestry member is responsible for a certain area of ministry. They are all hard workers and each brings their specific gifts to make St. Nicholas a wonderful, Spirit-filled place.
This year’s Vestry nominees are:
Connie Blackmon: Connie and her husband John are founding members of St. Nicholas. She currently serves as an LEM and sits on the Strategic Planning Committee. She has previously served as Treasurer and volunteer bookkeeper, helped with building fund raising, and chaired the Memory Garden Committee. She was a member of the Vestry from 2002 to 2004 and Senior Warden in 2004. Connie and John started living in Pine Mountain part-time in 1996. Retired from the Atlanta Regional Commission, Connie manages their used book shop, Cup & Chaucer, and stays active in the Chipley Woman’s Club, Friends of the Library and the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy.
Lynn Hall: Formerly a member of Trinity Episcopal, Lynn has attended St. Nicholas since 2006 and became a member in 2007. She currently serves as Secretary of the Vestry, Usher, Reader and as Volunteer Schedule Coordinator and Office Assistant to the Rector. Lynn is married to Kenny Hall (Choir), mother of Michelle Moody (Vestry) and Kimberly Stokes (Nursery) and sister to Drucye Robinson (Vestry). Lynn is retired after 31 years at Fort Benning and Germany, working for the US Army as Chief, Mobilization and Operations for the Directorate of Logistics. In retirement, she has turned her passion and hobby of photography into a thriving business. Lynn serves as volunteer photographer for St. Nicholas and many Harris County events. She is also a FOCUS volunteer in Hamilton. Lynn recently initiated a popular and successful group, “Out & About Adults,” to provide a fellowship opportunity for the adults of St. Nicholas. Lynn believes that serving on the Vestry is a serious commitment, but is looking forward to the spiritual growth it will provide. She will be a positive advocate for St. Nicholas, actively engaged and working earnestly to encourage its growth.
Linda Sawyer: Linda is married to Mike Sawyer and has been with St. Nicholas Church since the first picnic at Callaway where they discussed building a church in Harris County. She taught the first Sunday School Class and did the bookkeeping for St. Nicholas for three years. Linda and Mike watered and cared for the newly planted trees and shrubs that currently surround the church. Recently Linda co-chaired Lobsterfest, the biggest fundraiser for the church. Currently she is in the choir, serves on the Altar Guild, Flower Guild and the breakfast rotation. Retired after 28 years with The Prudential Insurance Company of America, she brings strong organization skills to the church ministry. Her other passion is the Humane Society of Harris County for which she volunteers and is trying to help build a permanent shelter in the county. Linda is willing to work very hard to continue to build programs and membership and share the spirit of St. Nicholas.
Nominees may also be taken from the floor of the Annual Meeting, but if you would like to nominate someone, please ask their permission beforehand.
We will also elect 2 representatives to Diocesan Council. Diocesan Council is the annual gathering of the clergy and lay leadership of all the parishes in the diocese. You can learn more about Council by clicking here. We elect 2 representatives for one-year terms as representatives, and 2 alternates in case our representatives cannot serve.
Michelle Moody: Michelle is entering her third year on the Vestry. Most recently, she served as liaison to the Vestry for Education, she’s a Daughter of the King, Sunday School teacher, Reader, and Lay Eucharistic Minister. She was one of our two representatives to Diocesan Council last November. Michelle is a true professional homemaker, and her first priority is always her family, including husband Clyde and sons Wesley and Sean.
Chris & Jackie Lintner: Chris and Jackie Lintner have attended St. Nicholas for a year and a half. Chris was recently reaffirmed and Jackie was confirmed last month at the Cathedral of St. Philip. They have 3 children, James, Grace, and Kathryn. Chris works for AFLAC and Jackie is assistant principal at Pine Ridge Elementary.
Nominees for representatives and alternates may also be submitted from the floor.
Only official members of the congregation may vote, although ALL people are invited and encouraged to attend the whole meeting. To be a member, you have to have been confirmed or received communicant in good standing at St. Nicholas, or have had your membership letter transferred to St. Nicholas. If you have a question about this or wish to become an official member, please see Fr. Jeff. Remember that not being a member does not mean you are not a part of St. Nicholas!
We will hear about our budget for 2010. Finally, we will take any questions, suggestions, and comments from our parishioners at that time.
So please make every effort to attend on Sunday at 10:00am and hear how St. Nicholas has continued to be an example of Christ’s love!