St. James' Episcopal Church
Goshen, Indiana

Our 158th Year

Sunday, January 27, 2008


News from the 149th Annual Parish Meeting

The 149th Annual Parish Meeting was held in Latta Hall on January 20, 2008. After attending mass in the church, the parish convened to brunch and a meeting in Latta Hall.

During the meeting it was noted that we have survived without a full-time rector for three years, and thatwe have been very fortunate to have the services of some excellent supply priests from around the diocese. Supply priests are in short supply, as there are very few available and there are quite a few churches around the diocese who are in need of them.

Rhoda Moriarty, Junior Warden, was cited for the wonderful job she has done in the past year and the accomplishments achieved. In addition to the regular maintenance that was done we were able to do some long needed projects:
1. Complete restoration of the interior of the church and nave.
2. Repair and refinishing the exterior walnut doors of the church.
3. Sound system for the church and basement.
4. Outside masonry work on the bricks.
5. Parking lot completely redone with new asphalt.
6. Basement repainted and repair work done on restrooms.

Also in the past year, we were saddened by the death of long-time member, Mary Lou Kercher. Mary Lou was recognized as one who has served the parish and was a good friend to everyone. She served many years as chairman of the Cheeseball Committee, and we were thankful for all of the hard work Mary Lou did over the years, as well as her guidance in that position.

Thankfully, we were fortunate to have Patrick Robinson take over as chairman and get us through the making and sale of the cheeseballs after Mary Lou's passing.

In 2007 we also enjoyed a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, a Fall Holiday Auction, Lenten soup and salad meals following Stations of the Cross and Christian Education; a parish picnic in August; a euchre party in November and an Epiphany Brunch at Maplecrest Country Club. A confirmation/refresher course was conducted by Senior Warden Chuck Wicks, and the Bishop
will be here for a confirmation service on January 30.

Election of officers for 2008 was held:
Senior Warden: Chuck Wicks
Junior Warden: Rhoda Moriarty
Vestry Members: Janet Kercher-Dudley - 3 year term
Sandra Haberstich - 3 year term
Vestry members remaining: Sarah Taft - 2 years
Katie Craig - 1 year
Vera McConnell - 1 year

Committees were established for 2008.
Please consider becoming a part of one of the following vital functions of the parish:
Lay Ministry
Reading Lessons
Altar Guild
Coffee Hosts
Calling Committee
Christian Education
Finance Committee
Long Range Planning Committee
Parish Life
Property Committee

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