The Vestry’s annual retreat held Saturday March 10th had 3 desired outcomes: to pray; to increase familiarity with our buildings and budget; and to identify directions and initial steps toward the goal of strengthening connections to Amesbury in light our Mission’s words, ‘Welcome All.’ (See upcoming opportunities below).
River Conte and Bruce McBrien led a campus tour to reacquaint us with past and present uses in each building, followed by a lively discussion of missional thoughts and practical realities. We are grateful to River, Bruce and the host of others involved in the Property and Campus Development teams. Thank you.
Vestry also approved a functionally balanced budget for 2018. Treasurer Paul Aganski notes this means the Cathedral is “faithfully paying its bills and the operating budget is in good shape.” We will keep you updated on these matters. To quote Paul again, we are “deeply grateful to God for the cheerful and generous giving of the congregation.”
The full day ended with reviewing suggestions on “what we’d like to learn” about our communities made at Cross Training March 4th. We touched on upcoming website improvements and best practices to welcome visitors. A very important vote was taken to accept Nathan Etu as Vestry Clerk, a position he offered to fill. This brings Vestry to a full complement of eleven members; I’m grateful for each one of them.
~Chris Sherratt, Senior Warden
Upcoming opportunities for connecting with our neighbors in Amesbury:
ESL OUTREACH MINISTRY
Our ESL ministry, The English Bridge, has resumed for the Spring semester. We are in need of volunteers to come and get to know the students! Please contact Patty Champion, email@example.com for more information.
ALL SAINTS COMMUNITY GARDEN OUTREACH
Last year, All Saints began a community garden as part of our ESL class’s summer curriculum. This year, we would like to increase participation and invite all to join us in tending the gardens and reaching out to our neighbors in Amesbury.
To participate in this mission-venture, contact Amanda Gonella, firstname.lastname@example.org or Patty Champion, email@example.com. Please see the All Saints weekly email from February 25th for more information on our community garden!
PALM SUNDAY PROCESSIONAL, MARCH 25, 9am
Each year, the churches of Amesbury gather in the Mill Yard to commemorate Palm Sunday and then walk in procession up Main Street, blessing each church as we pass by it. We’d like to encourage anyone wishing to do so to participate in this annual event. Usual start time is 9am, finishing typically by around 9:30.
MASS MEMORIES ROAD SHOW, APRIL 21, 11-3pm, AMESBURY HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA
This gathering provides an opportunity for all of us to meet and welcome our neighbors sharing and hearing personal stories and photos that will become a part of Massachusetts history through the Mass. Memories Road Show’s state-wide digital archive,(which is based at UMass Boston).
CHURCH CHOIR FESTIVAL & ALL SAINTS OPEN HOUSE, MAY 6, 4PM
As part of Amesbury’s 350th Celebration, All Saints will be hosting a Church Choir Festival and Open House at All Saints Cathedral. There will be plenty of opportunites to get involved and help host our Amesbury neighbors during this exciting music event. Stay tuned for more information!