“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” —Zechariah 4:6
One repeated yet miraculous event — at our church and elsewhere — is that people are inspired to serve one another out of love. They volunteer to serve in positions of responsibility, and take on specific tasks, eager to see what they can do to establish the Kingdom of Heaven. You are probably one of those people. If so, I hope you will not stop reading and hit “DELETE” when I tell you of three new opportunities to serve your church. Who knows? You might get inspired!
Serve on the Regathering / Homecoming Task Force
Still reading? Good! Lots of people at SsAM are wondering how we, as a church, should begin to gather again. Yes, slowly! Peggy Shane, our Junior Warden, is heading this new Regathering / Homecoming Task Force. She especially likes the stewardship language from the Episcopal Church in Delaware: “We are grounded in Faith; We walk in Love; We go forward in Hope.” One goal of this task force is to produce a plan that has Diocesan approval so that it follows the guidance from the Diocese, rules which incorporate the guidelines published by the State of Delaware (DEL.Gov/COVID-19). The interest groups for this task force include: Property and Facilities, Medical professionals, Music and Liturgy. Inspired? Just reply to this email or contact Peggy Shane directly.
Serve on the SsAM Property, Inc. Board
The parking lot next door to our church is overseen by a for-profit corporation, SsAM Property, Inc. The board of that corporation needs new members, especially one member to chair the board and another to serve as treasurer. The duties are light — short meetings once a month, make sure the bills and taxes are paid, and check in regularly with Colonial Parking, which has the rental contract on the lot. $10,500 a year comes into the church annually, or did before the pandemic hit, so the parking lot is a valuable asset. Inspired? Just reply to this email; that will contact Danny Schweers directly.
Serve as Clerk of the Vestry
Here is an easy way to serve at SsAM and be right there as all the important issues are discussed — write the minutes of every vestry meeting, currently twice a month. This task takes at most three hours a meeting and frees Mary Morgan, Secretary of the Vestry, to participate in meetings rather than taking minutes. Inspired? Just reply to this email or contact Mary Morgan directly.
Serve the Holy Spirit
Obviously, in looking for people to volunteer, we, the vestry members of the church, are optimistic that our call will be answered. Will it? It is not so much a question of who has the time, as who is inspired. The busiest people are often the ones who volunteer. They have a vision of heaven; that, with a bit more effort on their part, by letting the Holy Spirit work through them, the door to Kingdom of Heaven will be opened wider. May we all be so inspired!
— by Danny Schweers, Vestry Member
NOTE: This Vestry View is our way of sharing with you the issues facing SsAM. We are sending it out by email and posting it on the SsAM website, where you can find an archive of our communications. ACTION ITEM: Send us your comments and questions!