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St. Brigit Community in Transition

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you a hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11


Thank you to Ann Fleming , Missioner for Transitions, for meeting with the
congregation this past Sunday. And a big thank you to all of the folks who
stayed after church to ask great questions and ask for clarification about
the process.

Each week or each month as the information is available, this will be the
site where you can access updates on the process of selecting a new
priest for our Mission Church. So here goes…..

Although it has only been two weeks when we heard from Felicia that
she would be leaving in May, two areas are already in process.

- Supply Priests: Deacon Bookie has a list of supply priests and
has some replies already for May and June. She is expanding the list
to include July. Deacon Bookie is the point person for supply priests.
Duties of Supply Priest: A Supply Priest has the responsibility for the
Sunday service only. This person will not be here during the week and will
not be available to serve in any other capacity than the Sunday service.
They are paid a per diem for their work and there is money in the budget
for supply priests. If for some reason, we need a supply priest beyond
the current budget for supply, we have a reserve fund which we feel
will cover the cost.

- Pastoral Care: Deacon Bookie will lead a newly formed Pastoral Care Team
which will include members of the Healing Prayer Community. Deacon Bookie is also
talking with a priest she is requesting to be available in a situation where
the Pastoral Care Team needs support or direct contact with a parishioner or
a parishioners family. There will be more information about this in the coming weeks.

Several people have asked about the responsibility of the BCC in the process of
supply priest, interim priest and a priest called to lead the congregation of St. Brigit
Episcopal Church.

1. St. Brigit is a MISSION and not a PARISH. There are some similarities and some
differences in the process for choosing an interim priest and a priest to lead the
congregation forward. One difference is there is not a search committee in a Mission.

2. The biggest difference is the role of the BCC. The Episcopal Church is NOT a
democracy . The BCC is the group that has the interface with Ann Fleming
and the Diocese. With a new Bishop ( Bishop Kym) coming into the Diocese
at the same time we are in transition ourselves, we are anticipating that there
will be some confusion and delays but our prayer is that all will go as smoothly as
it possibly can. Please hold your BCC members in prayer as they will be holding
a great deal of this confusion and working through it themselves. The Bishop makes
the final decision on a priest.

The BCC is tasked with two decisions - a) to recommend a person to be the priest
at St.Brigit. The Bishop makes the decision whom to call to be our priest.
b) to accept or reject an interim priest brought forward by the Diocese ( Ann Fleming).
If the BCC rejects the interim recommended to us, we will then be sent another at a time.
The only way to do this is to be as TRANSPARENT as we can be given confidentiality
and personnel legal matters. In order to promote transparency, we MUST have
participation from the people of St. Brigit.

Profile Team: Portfolio(National Data Base),Data Collection Team
This requires good writers, editors, visionaries, historians. At the Ministry Fair on March 31, there will be a sign up area for this team.

The work of this team will be central for any priest interested in a position and will also be important for the new Bishop to utilize in making the call for a priest at St. Brigit. We need to remember she does not know us so the more information we can give about who we are and our plans for the future will help her with the decision about a person for us. We recommend, the Bishop makes the call. The BCC is your point group.

Transitions Team
This is a multi function team based on a variety of factors. There are a few activities that need to be designed and coordinated: Felicia’s leaving, new interim coming, interim leaving, new priest coming to St. Brigit. These should be welcoming events as it is possible an interim could be with us 12-18 months
before we have a priest called by the Bishop.

Other activities will include: assisting during a visit or after the position is offered to locate housing, make arrangements for school visits, tour of the community, the hospitality that is a cornerstone of St. Brigit church. The BCC is your point group.

The first event is coming very soon…Felicia’s leaving May 5th….the Team will need to meet with Felicia as soon as possible. She has some requests for what will be meaningful for her in taking her leave from here.

BE SURE TO FILL OUT THE VITALITY SURVEY that will be coming …..some of this data will be
useful in writing the Profile.


Peg Nelson, Bishop’s Warden
This is God's Church and we are in God's hands and that's a really good place to be!
Our mailing address and phone are:
St. Brigit Episcopal Church
110 Johnson St., Frederick, CO 80530

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