The Organist Search Committee and the Rev Lin Lilley finalized the hiring of a new Organist for St. Mark’s.
Effective October 31, 2015, an employment contract was signed with Helen Jauregui. Helen will be joining the St. Mark’s team in late January 2016.
Helen will be moving to Durango from the Philadelphia, PA, with her husband in January.
May 18th Vestry Meeting
The Vestry met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 18.
The volunteers who serve on committees and handle various ministries at St. Mark's are the life blood and the engine of the church. Because of the size of our congregation and budget, we rely on volunteers. They are the ones who donate the "man-hours" that ensure everything gets done - from making coffee, to handing out bulletins, to setting up the altar, to serving at Manna Soup Kitchen, to planting in the garden, to reading lessons during services, to providing Sunday School..... need I go on?
Like other types of non-profit organizations, we may have an advantage when it comes to finding volunteers. Patricia Lotich of Smart Church Management wrote:
The beauty of a church community is the abundance of committed people who have an interest in helping the church achieve its vision and mission.
At the same time, "church" is comprised of people - people who perhaps have families, jobs, hobbies, responsibilities....LIVES. Today's world is demanding, to say the least, and sometimes sending out the request for help feels like releasing a balloon with no helium.
Call it "spring fever", "burnout", or just "life", but right now, St. Mark's has a shortage of helping hands for the many jobs that need to be covered in providing our Sunday services. Aside from clergy, it takes about seven (7) volunteers to cover a typical 8:45 a.m. service and about a dozen (12) for the 11:00 a.m. service, including coffee hour after each. In her recent report, our Sr. Warden, Jessica Cox wrote:
Please consider, as with many large families, it takes everyone’s contribution to make it a loving and caring experience. We are in dire need of your help as a family member of St. Mark’s.
Would you like to join in the ‘family fun’? An added bonus of the volunteer experience is getting to know other members in the church community. Maybe it would be less work and more fun than you think. Just sayin'.
Contact Joan in the church office to find out more.
We appreciate all that Scott has done for St. Mark’s and invite you to join us in wishing him well as he moves toward this new chapter in his life. Scott will finish his duties at St. Mark's on the last Sunday of June, 2015. Join us for a brunch in celebration of Scott's ministry in the Parish Hall after the second service that day, June 28.