April 29, 2021: News from Our Senior Warden

By Dale Lewis, Senior Warden

I want to “check in” with you on some good news and remind you of some needs.

At the top of the good news list, the Wardens and representatives of the Vestry interviewed our Interim Rector candidate yesterday evening. Based on the interview and two previous “chemistry” conversations, the Wardens have concluded that we want to offer her the Interim Rector position.  

I am not going to introduce her in this article—we still need to work through the hiring process with the Diocese and, since we made the decision just yesterday evening, we want to take the time to prepare a thoughtful introduction. Presuming that all goes well, we’ll introduce her shortly.  

I know there are concerns about previous experiences with Interim Rectors. While this is the first time that I have been involved in hiring an Interim Rector, my sense is that the Diocese has been much more engaged than in the past to ensure that we get a good candidate. Dr. Phillips indicated that he was looking for 3Cs (competence, character, and chemistry). Both the Bishop and Canon Phillips vetted our candidate to ensure competence and character. The determination of chemistry was up to us. We are satisfied that our Interim Rector candidate has the appropriate chemistry for the position.

One of four Core Competencies in our job description for the Interim Rector is “Distinctly above average people skills. Personal warmth in dealing with parishioners. Strong listening skills.” We clearly saw all aspects of that Core Competency displayed in our “chemistry” conversations and during the interview.

We are adding two opportunities for in-person worship. One on Sunday, May 16th at 11:00 AM and one on Sunday, May 30th at 5:00 PM. We want to get back to in-person worship as quickly as we can do it safely.

I also wanted to weigh in on one other area of good news. This week, as Troop Committee Chairman, I approved my second Eagle Scout project. Our Eagle Scout candidate has planned and will execute all of the details associated with leading 30 volunteers over a four-day period in May in restoring the half mile long George Washington Carver trail behind the Anacostia Community Museum. If you’d be interested in giving her a hand, let me know. The bottom line here is that we are within a matter of months of having our first Eagle Scouts. I also sat on Boards of Review for a new Star Scout and a Tenderfoot Scout.

On the needs side, David Hollis will be wrapping up a long tenure as our Treasurer in May and we still need a replacement. If you are interested, please contact Kevin LeGrand, David Hollis, or me to discuss the position. Also, we still need Vestry candidates. If you would be willing to serve on the Vestry, please contact any member of the nominating committee consisting of Ryan Burwinkel, Jim Lewis, Heidi Rasciner, and myself. Finally, we had hoped that at least some pledges would be restored during the Reconciliation process. Largely, that has not happened. For those who have pledged: Thank You!  For those who have not pledged: if there is something we can do, that we need to do to help you be ready to pledge, please don’t hesitate to talk to the Wardens, Vestry members, or our reconciliation consultant, Kim Fletcher.

Last Published: April 30, 2021 8:20 AM
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