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It has been a busy period since our last update on Parish Council conversations. We have been making our way through the transition between the interim ministry of Bishop Bob to that of our new rector Rev’d Val Kenyon. It is important to note that based on our approved 2017 vestry budget, and in agreement with conversations held at our 2016 workshops, Rev’d Val has been hired as a part-time rector (70% of full-time hours) for St. Anne’s. This does not impact her availability for pastoral care but will mean, for example, she is not available for meetings every day of the week.

As well as a new rector, we have Lauren Bryan-Monk who has joined St. Anne’s as our new part-time Parish Administrator. With any new beginning there is always a period of getting to know each other. Not an easy task accomplished overnight but one well worth the effort! In consultation with Val and taking into consideration her support needs, Lauren will be working from 9 to noon Monday to Friday. Please be sure to welcome Lauren as she begins to get to know us. Lauren grew up in the Anglican Church, and is thrilled to be working at St. Anne’s. She has previously worked on the Administration team for St. John’s York Mills in Toronto. When she isn’t at St. Anne’s, she works as freelance Opera singer and music teacher, performing throughout southern Ontario.

We could not have gotten through this interim period without the help of Keisha Gilliland who stepped into the role on short notice when Trisha Phibbs left in the spring. She has been of immeasurable help to St. Anne's as we navigated through this interim period of change. Keisha continues as our Treasurer and without regular office hours, will not be as available as when she was working in the office. If you need her help, leave a note in the office or email her at treasurer [at] stannesbyron [dot] ca.

Rev’d Val has been very busy with conversations and meetings with all sorts of people as she works to understand what moves and motivates our parish community It is important that we all take the time to not only talk, but to really listen to each other as we begin our journey together. As a unified community we can make our parish a place of life-giving energy where faith and service are readily seen and experienced by those around us.

So what other matters have preoccupied Wardens and Council?
With our new choir robes in hand and debuted on October 22nd, we hope to make room in our closets and help out a few other parishes by passing along those gowns and server’s robes no longer needed. A few people have expressed interest and we hope to conclude the gifting very soon.

You may have noticed a new sign in the parking lot reserving space for our rector. You may or may not recall an incident at a funeral when Rev’d Rita was forced to abandon her car in the lot due to congestion and vehicles blocking her travel to the cemetery interment. We have posted the sign in an effort to avoid such an instance and ensure that Rev’d Val has a spot for those busy days, particularly when running from one thing to another. Thanks for your understanding.
Aside from regular property maintenance that Peter Hawkins attends to, we have had significant work done on the parish hall to replace eaves troughs and fix the fascia. If you notice any property maintenance concerns, please bring them to the attention of the wardens or Peter.

Are you informed about church matters in a timely fashion? In the coming months a few of us will be taking a look at how we communicate within the church and to the wider community. If you have ideas or thoughts, be sure to express them to one of the wardens. One example of this, prompted by a recent funeral, will to prepare a funeral brochure with services and costs. This brochure would give a clear picture to area funeral homes as well as parishioners on what to expect at the time funeral services are needed.

One way for us to streamline our communications is to have consistent email addresses for those of you sending electronic notes. With the help of Alan Smith, we now have dedicated email addresses for the Rector, wardens, treasurer, office, music, and heavenly pies using our stannesbyron.ca website domain. So if you wish to send a note, please consider using the following: rector [at] stannesbyron [dot] ca, wardens [at] stannesbyron [dot] ca, treasurer [at] stannesbyron [dot] ca, office [at] stannesbyron [dot] ca, music [at] stannesbyron [dot] ca, and heavenly pies [at] stannesbyron [dot] ca.

Rev’d Val and a small group of parishioners are developing a Diocesan mandated Mission and Ministry Plan. There will several parish meetings in the near future to allow for their ideas about goals and priorities to be discussed. An exciting time to be certain, as we look forward at what might happen over the next five years. It has been said that a failure to plan is a plan to fail, so let’s all put some thought into this process and keep our parish strong.

From a financial perspective, St. Anne’s is keeping its commitment to pay our share of Diocesan expenses with our monthly apportionment payments. We are also committed to keeping you informed about how our donations are keeping pace with our budget. Just as the recent interim donation statement received by envelope holders provided a snapshot of donations up to September 23rd, you will start to see regular updates on donations in the weekly pew bulletin.

Reserve the evening of November 12th for the 7:00 pm induction ceremony to officially mark the beginning of Rev’d Val’s ministry here at St. Anne’s. Be sure to invite other parishioners and community members to celebrate with us.

Wardens serving you in Christ,

Keith Brooks Shelly Lowther Sophie Skaith