New Rector, Transition, and Search Committee Updates

A Message from Paul:

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ at St. Matthew’s,

I am delighted and honored to accept the call to be your next rector! I am so grateful for the hard work and prayerful discernment of Cindy Adamowsky and the members of the search committee, Deacon Shelly, Penny Dugas, Bill Jones, and the members of the vestry. I’ve enjoyed meeting and getting to know them over the last few months, and I can’t wait to meet and connect with all of you soon.

From your thoughtful and detailed parish profile, your welcoming and informative website, and most of all the folks I’ve met, I have a sense of St. Matthew’s as a joyful and loving community, grounded in faith, and filled with a good spirit and vibrant energy. I believe God is calling us to ministry and mission together, and I’m looking forward to doing good work with you.

I ask that you keep me and the people of St. George’s, Hilton in your prayers as we say goodbye after five and half years of ministry together, and as I pack and prepare to move to Liverpool after almost twenty-five years in Rochester. Please know that I am praying for you and Mother Jackie as I wish you a blessed Lent and a glorious Easter!

Peace,

Paul

St. Matthew’s to welcome Rev. Paul Frolick as our next Rector:

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Search Committee Update, January 25, 2018…

I am very pleased to report the Search Committee has finished their work and has turned the process over to our Wardens, Penny Dugas and Bill Jones, to complete the final steps in calling our next Rector.
I am very grateful for all of the dedicated, diligent, prayerful and faithful work the committee has done during these past four months. We have greatly appreciated all of your prayers, support and patience during this time of waiting and wondering. Thanks be to God!
Peace and all good,
Cindy Adamowsky
Search Committee Chair

Search Committee Update, January 12, 2018…

I am very pleased to report the search committee is entering the final stages of our discernment process! I am so very grateful to all of our candidates who have journeyed with us and to our committee who have worked so diligently, faithfully and prayerfully.

We appreciate your continued prayers for our candidates, our committee and the people of St. Matthew’s, as we move closer to calling our next Rector.
For any questions, contact a member of the Search Committee (Pictured left to right: Becky Clifford, Deacon Shelly Banner (consultant), Larry Mathews, Erin Bagley, Dave Holloway, Cindy Adamowsky, Elizabeth Weekley, Gail Jones, Courtenay McKeon, Penny Dugas, Joe Hannah)
Wishing you all many blessings and peace in this New Year,
Cindy Adamowsky
Search Committee Chair

Search Committee Update, December 15, 2017….

The Search Committee has had a very busy past couple of months! We have met almost weekly and have now reached a decision regarding the final candidates who will move forward in our process. During the next few weeks, the Committee will be meeting with our candidates in person to continue our discernment which now takes on a very concentrated focus. I am so grateful to the Committee for all of their faithful work and to Deacon Shelly for her guidance as we navigate through the discernment process. We appreciate your continued prayers for us, our candidates and for the people of St. Matthew’s during this time of wondering and waiting. God has great things in store for us!

For any questions, contact a member of the Search Committee (Pictured left to right: Becky Clifford, Deacon Shelly Banner (consultant), Larry Mathews, Erin Bagley, Dave Holloway, Cindy Adamowsky, Elizabeth Weekley, Gail Jones, Courtenay McKeon, Penny Dugas, Joe Hannah)

Wishing you all a very blessed and joyous Christmas,
Cindy Adamowsky
Search Committee Chair

Search Committee Update, December 8, 2017…

I am very pleased to report all of our second round interviews have been completed for our candidates. The Search Committee will be meeting on December 13th to discern if any further zoom interviews are needed and begin a discussion about which candidates will continue to move forward in our process. Our work becomes more difficult since all of our candidates possess wonderful gifts and talents! We very much appreciate your continued prayers for the Committee and our candidates.

For any questions, contact a member of the Search Committee (Pictured left to right: Becky Clifford, Deacon Shelly Banner (consultant), Larry Mathews, Erin Bagley, Dave Holloway, Cindy Adamowsky, Elizabeth Weekley, Gail Jones, Courtenay McKeon, Penny Dugas, Joe Hannah)

Advent Blessings,
Cindy Adamowsky
Search Committee Chair

Search Committee Update, November 27, 2017…

The Search Committee met right before Thanksgiving and a decision was reached as to the candidates who will be moving forward in our discernment process. Those candidates have all been contacted.

We are now in the process of formulating interview questions for our second round Zoom interviews which will be scheduled in the next couple of weeks. Our interviews will take on a more in depth and concentrated focus of each candidate in terms of how they fit the characteristics of “The Rector We Seek, which is outlined in our parish profile. We appreciate your continued prayers for the Committee and our candidates! ((Pictured left to right: Becky Clifford, Deacon Shelly Banner (consultant), Larry Mathews, Erin Bagley, Dave Holloway, Cindy Adamowsky, Elizabeth Weekley, Gail Jones, Courtenay McKeon, Penny Dugas, Joe Hannah).

In peace,

Cindy Adamowsky
Search Committee Chair

 

Search Committee Update, November 17, 2017…

I am very excited to report the search committee interview teams has begun conducting first round video interviews with our candidates via Zoom! Candidate interviews are recorded and saved and will be viewed by all committee members. The committee will convene just before Thanksgiving to determine which candidates will move forward in our discernment process.

Please continue to pray for the search committee and also for all of our candidates during this time of discernment. It is a time filled with not only great anticipation and excitement, but also with waiting and uncertainty. I am confident the Holy Spirit is among all of us as we continue the work we have been given to do!

For any questions, contact a member of the Search Committee (Pictured left to right: Becky Clifford, Deacon Shelly Banner (consultant), Larry Mathews, Erin Bagley, Dave Holloway, Cindy Adamowsky, Elizabeth Weekley, Gail Jones, Courtenay McKeon, Penny Dugas, Joe Hannah)

Peace and Blessings,
Cindy Adamowsky
Search Committee Chair

Search Committee Update, November 2, 2017…

The Search Committee met on November 1st. Sarah Alamond, our parish administrator, provided us with a tutorial on Zoom interviewing techniques, as we will be using this computer application for our candidate interviews. The closing date for candidate submissions to the Diocese was October 31st. I am very pleased to report that we have received an excellent response! The committee will be meeting next week to begin reviewing candidate profiles and receive their team interview assignments. The first round of candidate interviews will occur in the very near future. Please continue to keep the committee and our candidates in your prayers!

For any questions, contact a member of the Search Committee (Left to Right: Becky Clifford, Deacon Shelly Banner (consultant), Larry Mathews, Erin Bagley, Dave Holloway, Cindy Adamowsky, Elizabeth Weekley, Gail Jones, Courtenay McKeon, Penny Dugas, Joe Hannah).

Cindy Adamowsky
Search Committee Chair

Search Committee Update, October 13, 2017…

At our October 11th Search Committee Meeting, we began the process of formulating the interview questions that we will be asking potential candidates. We also have established our interview teams. The deadline for candidates to submit all of their required documentation to the Diocese is October 31st. Following this date, our committee will be given names and information about candidates who are interested in coming to St. Matthew’s!  The Committee will continue to provide periodic updates, however we will be honoring the confidentiality of those entering the discernment process.

If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to a member of the Search  Committee. (Penny Dugas, Deacon Shelly, Gail Jones, Joe Hannah, Courtenay McKeon, Becky Clifford, Larry Matthews, Erin Bagley, Dave Holloway, Elizabeth Weekly and Cindy Adamowsky, Chair).

September 26, 2017…

The Profile was submitted to the diocese on Thursday September 14th (A month ahead of our original deadline!!). It was promptly approved by the Canon for Transition and Church Development, Rev. Carrie Schofield-Broadbent WITHOUT any changes, a “this is ready to roll”, and then we received Bishop DeDe’s approval.

The Profile is posted on the St Matthew’s website for all to see. Look on the tool bar under “Rector Search”.

The Transition Committee worked many hours, in eight meetings and individual assignments, from May to September, to compose the Profile. We used the information gained from the survey (40% return rate in July is remarkable!), the seven adult and one junior Forums (well attended in the summer!), as well as St Matthew’s and Diocesan materials. The Transition Committee feels that this is a very accurate reflection of who we are and what we want in the next rector. We hope you agree.

Blessings,
Submitted by Diane Frey on behalf of the Transition Committee: Robin Lisi-Chair, Deacon Shelly, Ellen Booth, Elana Henner, Barbara Hermann, Bill Jones, Katie McCormick, John Owens, Rose Rheinheimer, Elizabeth Weekly

To read it, follow this link to the Rector Search page.  Or, you can view it below:

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September 22, 2017…

There are two timelines showing where we are in the process of finding a new minister. One timeline is on a bulletin board in the parish hall. The other is on a bulletin board, by the back entrance to your right as you pass the basement stairs. As we move through the process, the red arrow will show you where we are and what is next. I thought a visual might help show that we are about halfway toward our goal.

The Search Team held its first meeting this past Wednesday evening to begin the next process in our search for a new rector. Our parish profile has been sent to the diocese for approval by Transition Coordinator and the Bishop.

The Transition Team has spent the great number of hours on the profile. Once it is approved by the bishop, you can take a look at it on our website page. You will be delighted by the excellent job transition team did to highlight our parish.
So what is next? The search team will compile a number of interview questions that will assist the team in the selection process. While we are doing this, the diocese will be working on providing our parish with a number of possible candidates to consider. We will be receiving the list of interested candidates about mid-November.

Penny
Warden and Search Committee Member

September 14th, 2017…

The parish profile was submitted to the Diocese for review by the Canon for Transitional Ministry and the Bishop.

September 13, 2017….

Transition Committee meets with Search Committee to give overview of parish profile and specifics goals and characteristics of the rector we seek.

September 12, 2017…

Parish profile completed and ready to be sent to the diocese for approval.

August 7, 2017…

The survey and forums are complete and now the transition team will be meeting to put all of the results together so we can have a better idea of what St. Matthew’s is looking for in a new rector!  Thank you all for your participation! The committee member reports are also now in the hands of Sarah, and she will be putting together the parish profile. Things are moving along nicely!

June 30, 2017…

The Survey is out and the forums are set! Please fill it out, online or on paper, and sign up for a forum so we can hear more of your feedback!

SURVEY DEADLINE: JULY 19TH

On July 6th you will receive an email or a hard copy in the mail (it depends on how you get the Grapevine) of a survey. The Transition Committee has utilized the services of Survey Monkey to put together a questionnaire to help gather the information needed to move forward on our Search for Rector. Each person in your household 18 years and older who is a member of St. Matthews is asked to complete a survey. This survey MUST be completed by July 19th in order for us to have time to tabulate the information.

BUT that’s not your only opportunity to have input on St. Matthew’s future. The committee will be hosting several forums at various times over the next few weeks. The sign-up sheets will be in the hall at St. Matthew’s. We’d like to have no more than 10 at each forum so everyone gets a chance to share their thoughts.

If you have any questions about the surveys or the forums please contact Deacon Shelly, Bill Jones, Warden or Robin Lisi, Transition Chair.

Your input is vital so please fill out the survey as soon as you receive it. Forum dates at St. Matthew’s:

Sunday, July 16th at 9:15am Sunday, July 23rd at 9:15am Sunday, July 23rd at 11:15am Wednesday, July 26th at 12:00pm

Thursday, July 27th at 11:00am Sunday, July 30th at 11:15am Sunday, August 6th at 11:15am

June 23, 2017… 

The Transition team has been hard at work putting together a survey for the congregation.  The survey will gather the information needed for our Rector profile.  The profile is a tool used by the Diocese and potential candidates to find out information about St. Matthews.
Once that profile is complete and approved by the Diocese the Search team will begin the process of identifying candidates.
We hope to have the survey out to everyone by the end of this month.

May 29, 2017…..

Your transition team members are officially in place!  They are:

  • Bill Jones… Warden
  • John Owens… Vestry
  • Elena Henner
  • Robin Lisi
  • Ellen Booth

• Barbara Herrmann • Diane Frey
• Katie McCormick • Rose Rheinheimer

The transition team is in the process of finalizing a survey, to be sent out tentatively in the beginning of July, to determine the desires of the congregation regarding the new priest. They look forward to full parishioner participation in the survey so that all thoughts and opinions count!

We are sure that there are many questions out there as to the transition here at St. Matthew’s, as we begin our search for a new rector. Please contact your warden, Bill Jones (491-3959, billj7605@verizon.net).

 

April 30, 2017….

Transition & search teams commissioned