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Cottage Meetings Scheduled

The Cottage Meetings are beginning!

These small group informal gatherings are part of the discernment process that we are now entering. They are a time to express wishes, dreams, concerns, vision, and, yes, complaints, and to share your own experiences at Holy Trinity. All members of the congregation will be called by a member of the Vestry, to invite them to attend one of these meetings. They are being held at homes around the area, so you can choose one that is close to you and fits your schedule.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • 2/28, noon – at the home of Charles Thorne and Melissa Semmes-Thorne, in Mullica Hill
  • 3/6, 1:00 p.m. – at the home of Jane Whittinghill, in Pitman
  • 3/13, 1:00 p.m. – at the home of Mark and Leslie Sienkiewicz, in Woodbury Heights
  • 3/20, 1:00 p.m. – at the home of Sean and Cindy Rodwell-Simon, in Sewell (child friendly)
  • 4/3, 1:00p.m. – at the home of Joanne and Gerry Hutchison, in Mickleton
  • 4/10, 1:00 p.m. – at the home of Gar and Rhoda Miller, in Wenonah
  • 4/17, 1:00 p.m. – at the home of Laurie and Mark Cimino, in Wenonah
  • 4/24, Children's Cottage Meeting following the 10:00 service
  • 5/1, Final meeting following the All Church Brunch at the church - Open to All

If you would like to attend one of these meetings, and have not received a phone call from a Vestry member, please do not hesitate to contact the people who will be hosting your preferred meeting and let them know you will be coming. We would like every member of the church to attend one of these gatherings. We need your input: the search/discernment committee will use what they hear at these meetings to create the profile of Holy Trinity which will be used in calling our new rector.

We look forward to seeing you at one of these meetings.

Holy Trinity Completes Readiness Assessment

On Monday evening, July 6th, the Vestry met with The Reverend Canon John Sosnowski, Canon to the Ordinary and Canon Phyllis Jones, Chief Financial Officer of the Diocese of New Jersey. They came to Holy Trinity to perform our Readiness Assessment, one of the steps needed to determine if we are prepared for our upcoming transition. 

The Readiness Assessment helps the diocese, as well as the vestry, to ascertain our ability to run and maintain our parish during the period of transition and more importantly, to gauge our emotional and spiritual readiness to begin our discernment process. Once the diocese feels we are ready, we will start our discernment. This is where we as a parish begin by looking inward to determine who we are, what it is we represent, how we have acted in the past, find what it is we do well and where we need improvement, determine where it is we want to go in the future and ultimately decide on how we want to get there. Once we accomplish this retrospection, we will define our requirements and begin our outward look for a new rector who can guide and support us on our new path.

Canon Jones, having already reviewed our past annual financial reports, posed questions about the state of our property, our expenses and our funding process, which led to a lively discussion about our pledge campaigns and planned giving. Canon Sosnowski focused on how we felt about Holy Trinity and asked many probing questions about our programs, the congregation and our relationship with the community. By the end of the meeting, both Canons concluded that we as a parish are ready to move forward with our Discernment, but emphasized that we must first concentrate on our celebration of Fr. Ed's ministry to help with the closure phase of our transition.

The Vestry will be meeting in August to start planning our Discernment process. Hiring a consultant has been recommended by the diocese to help us with planning for this phase. This will be one of the issues we will discuss, along with what we will require from our interim clergy and other matters pertaining to running the church and supporting our ministries during discernment.

Vestry Meets with Bishop Stokes

Bishop StokesOn Wednesday evening, June 16th, the Vestry met with Bishop Stokes and Cecilia Alvarez, the Canon for Transition Ministry and Clergy Development. The Bishop and Canon Cecilia came to Wenonah to help explain the transition/discernment process and to enlighten us about the resources the diocese has in place to help us in our upcoming search for our new rector. They, along with other diocesan staff will be working with us over the next 12 to 18 months to help make this transition as painless and successful as possible.

An overview document describing the transition/discernment process has been uploaded to the documents section of our website.

Bishop Stokes also emphasized that our first step is the need to understand and accept the loss we are about to experience and to try and develop steps that will assist us in bringing closure to this stage of our transition. One suggestion was to find ways to celebrate Father Ed's ministry here at Holy Trinity. The Vestry concurred this was an excellent idea and will be looking for volunteers to head up and organize this celebration. We will also be looking for volunteers to take on leadership roles for our existing ministries as well as those interested in participating in the upcoming discernment process.

We will continue to update this section with information about our transition as we proceed with this process.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak with either of the wardens or any vestry member.