Congratulations to our 2013 Junior Warden, Lynn Hall, who was elected by the Vestry at the January 29 meeting. Lynn has been active at St. Nicholas for many years serving as parish photographer, Clerk of the Vestry, Adult Formation chair, Communications Chair, and many other ministries.

What does the Junior Warden do? Glad you asked. The Junior Wardens is the “People’s Warden,” as opposed to the Senior Warden who serves as the “Rector’s Warden.” Responsibilities are as follows:

  • Assist the rector and the senior warden in providing leadership in the vestry to identify the vision, mission and goals of the congregation, make and implement plans, assess progress and celebrate achievements
  • Provide leadership in the congregation by demonstrating a consistent positive attitude that seeks to solve problems and learn from mistakes, recognizes accomplishments and gives thanks for those things that build community and further the mission of the Church
  • Pray daily for the rector, leaders and members of the congregation
  • Meet regularly with the rector and senior warden if asked to do so
  • Work closely with the rector and senior warden in providing overall leadership in the congregation. 

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Lynn joins Senior Warden for 2013 Linda Sawyer who was appointed by Fr. Jeff to serve. Both Linda and Lynn are in their third year of serving on the Vestry. Linda’s responsibilities as Senior Warden are as follows:

  • Meet regularly with the rector to review the life and work of the congregation, plan ahead, anticipate and resolve problems
  • Provide leadership in the vestry to identify the vision, mission and goals of the congregation, make and implement plans, assess progress and celebrate achievements
  • Provide leadership in the congregation by demonstrating a consistent positive attitude that seeks

    to solve problems and learn from mistakes, recognizes accomplishments and gives thanks for those things that build community and further the mission of the Church

  • Pray daily for the rector, leaders and members of the congregation
  • Be available to discuss any and all concerns with the rector; maintain confidentiality where appropriate
  • Be available to discuss any and all concerns with members of the congregation; avoid making hasty judgments, encourage complainants to speak to those involved, discuss problems with the rector
  • In cases where the rector, staff or vestry is beleaguered or unfairly criticized, foster understanding and reconciliation and distribute accurate information
  • Ensure that policies and procedures regarding employee and volunteer misconduct are in place and enforced; take any questions, complaints and concerns to the rector and appropriate authorities immediately
  • Take action to intervene promptly (with others as appropriate) in the event that the rector is charged with misconduct, has problems wit drugs or alcohol, or is acting inappropriately; speak with the rector and bishop as necessary and appropriate
  • Support the rector in taking action when employees or volunteers are charged with misconduct or inappropriate behavior
  • In cases where conflict imperils the pastoral relationship between the rector and congregation, the rector or a majority vote of the vestry may ask the bishop, in writing, to intervene; the senior warden traditionally makes this petition on behalf of the vestry
  • In cases where the rector is overworked, disregarding his/her health and well being and that of the family, encourage the rector to take corrective steps, solicit the vestry’s support in reducing workload, adding staff, or funding a sabbatical as appropriate
  • Assist in identifying persons for leadership roles, and participate in inviting them to serve in those roles
  • Be prepared to assist the rector or to step in and do what is necessary (make an announcement, turn up the heat, write a letter)
  • With the rector, announce the bishop’s pending visit and prepare a report on the spiritual and temporal state of the congregation to be discussed with the bishop during the bishop’s visitation (Title III, Canon 14, Sec. 1(e))

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, contact Linda at hogback@wavetel.us or Lynn at lynnandkenny@bellsouth.net. We thank God for these two ladies and their many gifts.