Our Parish Annual Meeting is coming up the last Sunday of this month, January 27, following the joint 10:00am service. During that meeting, the congregation will elect three people to three-year terms on the Vestry. The Nominating Committee is pleased to present to you the slate of nominees they have received; their names and some biographical information is below, as well as each nominees response to the same question: "What are your hopes and dreams for St. Michael's in the coming three years?"
Please feel free to contact any of the nominees if you have questions for them or if you would just like to get to know them better. The Nominating Committee and Vestry have determined that each of the candidates satisfies the requirements of the canons and by-laws to serve, and each nominee has agreed to stand for election.
We have five members nominated for three spots. As always, there will be an opportunity for nominations from the floor, but before you nominate anyone, please make sure you have their permission to do so, that they agree to serve if elected, and that they satisfy the requirements to serve on the Vestry of St. Michael's.
According to our by-laws, members 18 years or older who are communicants in good standing are eligible to serve, with two exceptions - those living in the same household or who are immediate family members (parent, child, sibling, or spouse) of current Vestry members, and any outgoing member of the Vestry who has served a full term. A communicant in good standing is defined as a member who "unless for good cause prevented, for the last year has been faithful in attendance and in working, praying, and giving for the spread of the Kingdom."
I ask that between now and the annual meeting we please hold these four angels in our prayers, including prayers of thanksgiving for their willingness to serve our congregation.
Nominees for Vestry 2019-2022
I am a lifelong Episcopalian, husband of Holly for 45 years, father of three, grandfather of seven and a retired banker. We moved to Pooler early in 2018 from Rhode Island, where we had lived for 35 years. Our search for a church home led us to SM&AA last spring. I have served on two vestries - at Church of Our Savior, a parish similar to St. Michael’s in Arlington, MA and at St. Luke’s in East Greenwich, RI where we were members for 35 years. I served 12 years on the board of St. Mary’s Home for Children, an agency serving abused children in Rhode Island. In East Greenwich, I served 12 years on the school board, including six as chair, and two years as president of the town council. At St. Michael’s, I am a lay reader and volunteered at the Christmas tree sale.
“What are your hopes and dreams for St. Michael’s in the next three years?”
St. Michael’s is a wonderful place. It attracted Holly and me quite quickly with its warmth and its sense of purpose.
I would like to see St. Michael’s attract more young members to provide continuity for the sense of belonging that new members like us feel.
Holly and I journey from Pooler to attend services, as other travel from outside the neighborhood. St. Michael’s can think of itself as a magnet parish attracting Episcopalians and others from a wide area who are seeking to serve Christ as part of a wonderful, welcoming community.
The capital campaign funds need to be well spent to provide outward and visible signs that we are a vibrant parish.
Judy has been married to her husband Joe for 39 years this July. They have one daughter, Barbara, who lives in Ramona, CA with her husband Dorian and Judy’s grandson TJ. Judy was born in Washington, DC and has lived in several places along the East Coast. She and Joe settled in Savannah about 26 years ago, so they think of it as their hometown now. For the previous nine years, Judy was a caregiver to a very special lady whom she dearly misses now. Before that, she owned her own quilt shop, Let’s Sew. She still enjoys quilting and going to quilt shows. Of course, she can’t leave out that she’s semi-retired and that she runs the I AM Food Pantry here at St. Michael’s.
Over the next three years, Judy hopes to continue working on her strength and compassion for others that will leave a lasting and positive impact on the lives of those who walk through our doors.
David has been a member of St. Michael and All Angels since 2013. You may recognize him when he's holding or chasing one of his two boys, Everett and Wendell, or when he's standing next to his wife, Kim. Otherwise he's pretty unremarkable.
David has been involved with the Christmas tree sale since 2014 and had a hand in updating the church website to its current form in 2015.
Over the next three years, David's hopes and dreams for the church include:
1. Growing its relationships with the various groups that share our space, especially our Scouting programs.
2. Becoming even more integrated into our surrounding neighborhoods and the greater Savannah community.
3. Creating new opportunities for fellowship for our parishioners.
Barbara E. Medeiros is the Chief Financial Officer for Georgia Regional Hospital at Savannah. She received her BS from UC Hayward and her MBA from Wilmington College. She has spent her financial career working in communications, environmental service, and health care. When she is not mulling over financial statement she enjoys quilting, gardening, and being outdoors. She currently resides in Savannah with her father and son. She has attended the 8:00 am service at St. Michael’s for a little over a year and serves as a LEM (Lay Eucharistic Minister) at the 8am service for the past 5 months.
She sees her next 3 years at St. Michael’s answering God’s calling in any area that is needed: continuing as a LEM, doing weekly reading, utilizing her financial experience, and serving in any area of St. Michaels that may be needed, along with growing her relationship with God and her St. Michael’s family.
My family and I have been members of St Michaels for over 35 years. I have been on the vestry 4 times, once serving as Senior Warden. I have been our convocation’s representative on Diocesan council 3 times. I have been elected by our Diocese 3 times to serve as Deputy to General Convention, once as alternate and twice as the Deputy. I am a cradle Episcopalian. My hopes and dreams for St. Michael’s for the next three years are to grow spiritually and physically. We need to get the word out who Jesus is and how His word can help all of us be better people, people who Jesus would be proud of. We all need to bring someone to St. Michael’s and show them what just what a few of us are doing for the community.