This is my first time serving on the Vestry. It has been very rewarding getting to know other members of the Vestry and all the hard work that goes into running the Church. I realize now how many people put tremendous time and effort into the facility and the ministries.
I have been attending St. Martin’s with my husband John and daughter Olivia since 2008. We previously attended Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves until we moved to West County in 2007. We decided to join St. Martin’s because people were welcoming and made us feel comfortable here. We also believed it was important to be members of a church in the community in which we lived.
In speaking of welcoming, I am a co-chair of a new St. Martin’s ministry called Invite, Welcome, Connect. Or, “IWC”. IWC is a program that has proven successful in many Episcopal churches across the country and even here in St. Louis. This program will help us come up with more ideas to make people feel welcome when visiting our Church, to become more involved in the community as members of St. Martin’s, and to spread God’s love as we are called to do as Christians. There is a quote in the program manual that I love– “All creativity is discovery: creating is discovering something you did not know before which has sprung from things you know very well.” Please stay tuned for more information in the following weeks and our kick-off event for the new ministry will be on Sunday, September 8 after the 10:30 service. In the mean-time, please talk to me or Ruby Downs (Chairperson) about any questions or ideas you may have.
I am also the Vestry liaison to the Youth Ministry, which is very near and dear to my heart. My daughter has grown up in this Church and has benefited from our past youth programs. She only has two years of high school left and I want to help build a sustaining and growing Youth Ministry for her and beyond. Please note that as Vestry liaison I am not running the Youth Ministry, but helping the Ministry as the connection to the Vestry. Having grown up in a church with a vibrant youth group, I know how important it is to foster spiritual growth and have fun at the same time.
Thank you for allowing me to serve St. Martin’s!