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Staff Reorganization News April 10, 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

With the support of the Bishop’s Committee and our Bishop, I have decided that in moving forward with our staff structure it is best for us not to try and replace our present Parish Administrator position. To try, with one employee, to replace all that our Parish Administrator has done would be to grossly underestimate the unique gifts, prodigious skills, and 27 years of experience with which we have been blessed. It would also set up the new person for frustration and the congregations for disappointment.

Instead, our plan is to break up the many roles and responsibilities between a new and specialized part-time staff position, independent contractors, increased duties for lay leaders, and new volunteer opportunities. We will restructure our parish staff and lay leadership around four key areas:

Bookkeeping. An independent contractor will provide us bookkeeping services. They will report directly to the Vicar and the Treasurer and continue to provide a professional-level of attention to our financial systems. We can announce that we have already hired this position and are working to make sure the transition is seamless for our operations.

Communications. We will be advertising a part-time position that will focus on communications. Our hope is that this person will help us both maintain our current communications systems and increase our social media presence, as this is becoming a vital need for all churches. Here is a detailed position description. We invite all members and friends of our congregations to reach out to those you know who might be interested. Parishioners are welcome to apply.

Ministry Support and Building Administration. Lay leaders and clergy will work together to plan for and support our many ministries. Volunteer coordination will fall to designated leaders to organize. Supplies ordering will be planned for by ministry leaders and ordered through the Vicar. Building monitoring and maintenance will be overseen by the Building Team and the Vicar.

 Public Presence/Receptionist. To provide a public presence in our buildings and a human voice on the phone we will turn to volunteers. Father Matthew and interested individuals will work to create a volunteer receptionist system whereby individuals can staff our phone, answer common questions, take messages, and most importantly provide a loving presence to all who call or stop by.

All transitions come with difficulties and opportunities. Please speak with Father Matthew with any concerns or ideas that you have as we move forward together in pursuing Jesus’ call to follow him, inviting all around us into his Way of Love.

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Staff Changes

On March 25th, 2019, the Episcopal Mission of Warren County, our partnership with St. Francis of Assisi Church in Youngsville, announced that our parish Administrator, Barbara Winslow, was resigning. Her last day with us will be April 30, 2019.

Click here to read the formal announcement.Barbw

The Bishop’s Committee and Father Matthew will make announcements soon as to plans for providing staffing for our congregations.  Check back here to see information as it becomes available.

Lent

Community Lenten Worship & Study Opportunities

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Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes

8:00 AM – Trinity, Warren
5:30 PM  – Trinity, Warren
7:00 PM  – St. Francis, Youngsville

Your Lenten Journey

All Christians are invited “to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word”

Make worship a part of your Lenten journey this year with the several opportunities available to you.

Schedule for Lenten Services in Warren
Tuesday Evenings at 7 PM
Holden Evening Prayer, fellowship time follows
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March 12th    St. Joseph Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Fr. Matthew Preaching
March 19th    Trinity, 444 Pennsylvania Avenue West
March 26th   
First Lutheran Church, 109 West 3rd Avenue Fr. Larry Scofield, preaching
April 2nd         St. Paul Lutheran Church, 306 Conewango Avenue
April 9th          First Presbyterian, 300 Market Street

Wednesday Evenings, 5:30 PM Worship Service, Trinity, Warren

Schedule for Lenten Services in Youngsville
Wednesdays Service @ 11:30 am, Lunch Noon

March 6th             First United Methodist Church, 225 East Main Street
March 13th           Free Methodist Church, 179 Davis Street
March 20th          St. Francis of Assisi, 343 East Main Street
March 27th           St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, 420 N. Main Street
April 3rd                Otterbein United Methodist, 258 Dalrymple St. Pittsfield
April 10th              Saron Lutheran Church, 148 West Main Street
April 17th              Presbyterian Church, National Forge Road, Irvine

Additional ways to observe a Holy Lent: 2019 Lenten Learning and Discipline Opportunities

uto_mission_mark_0Please join with the rest of your EMWC friends in supporting the United Thank Offering (UTO) this Lent with the 2019 Lenten Devotional Calendar. Pick up materials near the entryway, including your own iconic Blue Box. By participating, you will learn more about this beloved ministry of the Episcopal Church, practice the spiritual discipline of gratitude, and benefit ministries of hope and faith all over the world. A great activity for disciples of all ages! Collections are due back on Easter Sunday (April 21).

wollentcir_0Wednesdays in Lent will include a study program at 7 PM in Warren beginning March 13th. Each week during Lent, The Episcopal Mission of Warren County is offering, Practicing the Way of Love, at 7 PM at our Warren location. This opportunity is part of our traditional understanding of Lent being a time for special devotion and study in our faith lives.

The Way of Love is a way of life. More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It’s a commitment to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.  For more information on the Way of Love and a video presentation by our Presiding Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry go to https://www.episcopalchurch.org/way-of-love.

Single Use PlasticEMWC Single Use Plastic Challenge – Each year we individually decide how we will fast during Lent, maybe giving up a food or drink, Facebook, or something else that may help us focus more on our spiritual lives. This year we are introducing a congregational fast, a fast from single use plastic, which is choking our earth and, in some cases, killing animals who become entangled in it or eat it. For example, numerous whales have been found dead, their stomach’s full of plastic.

Please prayerfully consider giving up one or more types of single use plastic: bags, straws, water and soda bottles, cups, coffee stirrers, eating utensils, food packaging, etc. We will provide a few helpful incentives: reusable metal straws, reusable shopping bags, reusable water bottles.

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Chairs

New Seating – Chairs in the Sanctuary!

We are very excited to have received our first donation supporting our project to bring more chairs into the worship space!

Along with hearing from Father Tim at the Annual Meeting, you hopefully have received the Trinity CMT letter inviting you to join in supporting our vision for Trinity that includes replacing some of our pews with chairs. This change helps us bring more flexibility with how we use our sacred space to support and promote our faith lives together. Small group ministries, further experiments in worship, and increased comfort are just some of the benefits we see in this, all helping us worship God and workshop our faith lives together.

If you did not receive the invitation letter please pick up a copy in the entryway, click here or see Father Tim for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

Annual meeting

Annual Meeting, Worship at 9:30 AM, January 27th in Warren

Join us as we Celebrate, Grow, and Share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Sunday, January 27th promises to be a very exciting day at the EMWC, as we gather together at our Warren location for our Annual Meeting. We will celebrate 2018 and hear of our plans for making 2019 another successful year in our ministries in Christ’s name, and all surrounded by worship and fellowship together.

Our Annual Meeting is set for Sunday, January 27th in Warren.  We begin with Morning Prayer at 9:30 AM followed by our Annual Meeting, Holy Eucharist and reception.

Check back often for updates to our Annual Report.

Our 2019 Budget is available by clicking here.

1-27-19 Annual Meeting Reports and Annual Meeting Financials

 

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The Good Book Club

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The Episcopal Church’s Good Book Club

Epiphany 2019

The Book of Romans

 It’s not too late to join the Good Book Club. You’re invited to explore the Book of Romans as part of your Epiphany season. Join this Episcopal Church hosted Club by subscribing by email at http://www.goodbookclub.org/ or by liking and following on Facebook.

 

 This is a bible study for the 21st century. Find ways to share your thoughts on  Facebook, by email, or the next time you meet a fellow Good Book Club member.

 The Episcopal Mission of Warren County is offering various ways to bring the Good Book Club into the life of the community. See Father Matthew if you are interested in helping!

View and click each day’s reading at the reading list here.

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Advent and Christmas

The Episcopal Mission of Warren County Church invites you to celebrate Advent and Christmas with us.

Sunday December 16th  at 4 PM finds our youth rehearsing for the first time for the Christmas Pageant. Then on Sunday, December 23rd they will rehearse immediately following the 10:30 AM Worship Service.

Our hot holiday meals is next on our journey as we sign up now to prepare and deliver on Christmas Day to those who are shut-in and/or alone.  Add your name to the list of volunteers and prepare to wield a spoon, donate Christmas Cookies, or drive a car as we bring the love of God out to all those who would be alone on Christmas.  Organizing this ministry takes place on Saturday, December 22 at First Lutheran in Warren.

The Fourth Sunday of Advent occurs in the morning on December 23rd with our usual Worship Service at 8:30 AM at St. Francis in Youngsville and our 10:30 AM Worship Service at Trinity in Warren.  Following both services greening of the churches will happen.

christmas-worshipTwo opportunities are being offered to you on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24.

A service for families and children of all ages, featuring a Christmas pageant with young voices filling the Sanctuary, a brief children’s sermon, and hymns at Trinity in Warren at 5:00 PM.

Our musical offering with congregational singing, special music, candle lighting in celebration of the Lord’s birth at Trinity in Warren at 8:00 PM.

On Christmas Day join us at St. Francis in Youngsville for an 8:00 AM Breakfast Buffet and a 9:00 AM simple Eucharist in celebration of Christmas.

 

The week between Christmas and New Years the office is closed with the clergy available for emergencies.

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Advent Study

The Becoming Beloved Community Advent Study is an outgrowth of the Episcopal Church’s call to boldly address racial healing, reconciliation, and justice. Over three weeks participants will get to discuss different aspects of racial and cultural injustice that continue to keep us from realizing the vision of Jesus for us his church. This is an invitation to consider our unique perspectives in our local community and the stories of our personal lives, all built on the hope of what our baptismal covenant calls us: to be congregations of love, liberation, and hope.  We will meet on Wednesday night at 7 for the next three weeks. See Father Matthew for more information.