<![CDATA[Grace Episcopal Church - Clergy Transition]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:19:24 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Announcing our New Priest-In-Charge]]>Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:26:50 GMThttp://gracebrunswick.org/clergy-transition/announcing-our-new-priest-in-charge
The Rev. Spencer Hatcher
Dear friends in Christ:

I am pleased to announce the news that 
The Rev. Spencer Hatcher will become our new priest-in-charge effective Thursday, November 16, 2017Rev. Hatcher will be conducting her first Sunday service with us on November 19th.

Spencer+ is currently serving as Associate Rector and Director of Formation at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland. She was ordained in the Diocese of Maryland in May 2016 following graduation from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. While in the Diocese of California, she served her Diaconate ministry at St. Stevens in Orinda, and before that, as Interim Youth and Family Minister at Trinity Episcopal in Menlo Park.  Spencer+ currently also serves as the Camp Director for the Diocese of Maryland at Claggett Center.
Spencer+ is a graduate of High Point University in North Carolina. She worked as a special education teacher before moving to California and entering seminary in 2013.  She grew up in Washington County, Maryland and considers Hagerstown to be her home town.  She came of age and was confirmed in the historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church-Lappans in Boonsboro.

We will be in transition from  mid-October to the beginning of Advent at Grace. Here are some calendar details during our transition:
  • October 15thThe Rev. Anjel Scarborough's last Sunday at Grace
  • October 22ndThe Rev. Canon Stuart Wright will be our celebrant & preacher 
  • October 29th, Morning Prayer and Communion from Reserved Sacrament 
  • November 5thAll Saints Sunday, Mass led by supply priest
  • November 12th, Mass led by supply priest 
  • November 19th, Mass and Welcome of The Rev. Spencer Hatcher 
  • November 26th, Mass led by supply priest 
Please note there will be NO 8:00 am service during this transition periodRegular Sunday schedule of spoken mass at 8 am and sung at 10 amresume on the First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2017.

Please continue to pray for Rev. ScarboroughRev. Hatcher, and your vestry during our time of transition.

May God's peace be with you.

Charlie Harris
Senior Warden
Spencer+ on her ordination to the priesthood (our outgoing rector, Anjel Scarborough+, is right behind her)
<![CDATA[Transition Update]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:17:41 GMThttp://gracebrunswick.org/clergy-transition/transition-update6926252Dear friends in Christ:

Greetings!  I have good news to share with you today.

Last month I sent you the first transition newsletter update in which I shared information about the vestry meeting with the Rev. Canon Stuart Wright, Canon for Transitions and Human Resources of the Diocese of Maryland. The purpose of this meeting was for Canon Wright to review the processes that we could use to select our next Priest. Your vestry decided to pursue the priest-in-charge (PIC) process and we communicated our decision to Canon Wright. Several days later, Canon Wright called and recommended a candidate for our consideration.

In mid-September your vestry met the candidate and conducted a discussion to determine if a potential match existed between the candidate and our parish. We then spent several days in prayer and reflection on the decision we had to make. Last Sunday afternoon, the vestry unanimously and enthusiastically agreed to issue a call to the candidate to become our new priest-in-charge. I contacted the candidate Monday morning and delivered the good news of our call, and after several days of discernment, the candidate notified me last Thursday she has accepted our call. Thanks be to God!

This is an exciting development for our parish. We will have a young and dynamic new priest who grew up in Western Maryland. I am currently not at liberty to reveal the identity of our new priest, pending appropriate notifications to the leadership of her current parish. And while there are details of the transition and compensation package left to finalize, I am at liberty to state that her first Sunday will likely be the first Sunday in December if not sooner; and I am confident her compensation package will be fair to the candidate as well as consistent with our parish budgets of the past several years. Finally, I expect to able to reveal the name of our new priest next Sunday, October 1st. We can celebrate this good news with Bishop Knudsen!

Thank you for your prayers for your vestry and our new priest. Also, please continue to pray for Anjel+ during this important time of transition in her life and ministry.  

May God's peace be with you.

Charlie Harris
Senior Warden]]>
<![CDATA[Transition Progress 9/15/2017]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://gracebrunswick.org/clergy-transition/transition-progress-9152017The vestry and wardens have now spent time with the candidate our bishops have recommended for our next priest-in-charge. We had a prayerful discernment time with her this past week. Our vestry and wardens will meet in the next few days to discuss the issuing of a call. Please keep our candidate, our wardens and vestry in your prayers.]]><![CDATA[Transition Update - August 30, 2017]]>Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:20:31 GMThttp://gracebrunswick.org/clergy-transition/transition-update-august-30-2017Since the last post, we are able to confirm that Canon Stuart Wright has given the vestry the name of a candidate for our priest-in-charge position. While we cannot divulge her name, we can say she is a young priest, fairly recently ordained who is currently serving in another part of our diocese. Two of our vestry members know her and feel very good about our bishops' recommended candidate.

Before leaving for vacation, Senior Warden Charlie Harris made contact with this candidate by telephone and had a very good conversation with her. There is mutual interest in exploring the possible call here to Grace Church.

Both the candidate and the Harrises are on vacation this week and next, so there will not be a transition update in the next two weeks. A meeting between the vestry and the candidate has been scheduled for mid-September.

Please continue to keep our leadership and the candidate in your prayers during this transition.

In Christ,

Mtr. Anjel+
<![CDATA[Transition Update]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:18:34 GMThttp://gracebrunswick.org/clergy-transition/transition-update​As Grace Church engages in a transition with the departure of our rector Anjel+ in October, the vestry has committed to keeping our members appropriately informed about the transition process as it progresses. To that end, we will be sending out periodic transition updates by email and this Sunday, August 20, we will hold a parish forum at 9 am between the services to share with you where we are in this process. We hope you will make every effort to join us for this time of conversation.

On Wednesday evening, the vestry met with the Rev. Canon Stuart Wright, Canon for Transitions and Human Resources of the Diocese of Maryland. This meeting was a closed meeting for vestry members and officers to hear about our options for calling a new priest. After his presentation, Canon Wright stepped out of the meeting so the vestry could deliberate the options in executive session. The consensus of the vestry was that the priest-in-charge process would be the best option for our community and the vestry shared this decision with Canon WrightCanon Wright assured the vestry our bishops have at least one candidate whom they feel would be a good fit at Grace Church. The next step is for Canon Wright to engage the candidate(s) to inquire about their interest in being the priest-in-charge. Your vestry and officers are encouraged by the results of our meeting on Wednesday and have confidence in our bishops' and Canon Wright's understanding of who we are and their commitment to finding a priest who is a good fit for our community.

We ask your prayers for our officers and vestry through this process and invite you to bring your concerns to us as they may arise. We ask also for your patience and understanding in those cases where we may not be able to answer your question in the moment because, like all personnel matters, calling a new priest is a confidential matter which requires discretion and sensitivity. Be assured we will share news in a timely manner with you as soon as we are able to do so.

Yours in Christ,

Charlie Harris
Senior Warden]]>
<![CDATA[Where do we go from here?]]>Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://gracebrunswick.org/clergy-transition/where-do-we-go-from-hereNow that we have received the news that our rector, the Rev. Anjel Scarborough, has been called to be the new priest-in-charge at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, the wardens and vestry are now working together to help chart the forward course for Grace Church. Anjel+ has been prayerful in planning her departure and coordinated with the diocese to be present to Grace Church for commitments which she had already made to us for the beginning of this program year. As such, her last Sunday will be October 15, 2017. This will allow her to be with us for a wedding and the Kirkin' o' the Tartan in September, Bishop Chilton Knudsen's official visit with confirmations and receptions on October 1st, and one last Railroad Days Weekend before she departs.

On August 16th, our wardens, officers and vestry will meet in closed session with the Rev. Canon Stuart Wright, Canon for Transitions and Human Resources in the Diocese of Maryland. Canon Wright will be sharing the various processes and options available to us in selecting how we will seek a new priest to serve Grace Church. Our vestry is empowered by the canons of the Episcopal Church to select the process we will undertake.

​This Sunday, August 6th, we will hold a parish forum in the undercroft between the 8 and 10 am masses to discuss this transition. We hope you will join us for this time of conversation about the transition.

The wardens and vestry are committed to conducting this transition with a balance of transparency and appropriate confidentiality. We hope our members understand that, as a personnel matter, clergy searches are confidential and our stewarding of appropriate confidentiality is crucial for the pastoral care of our congregation and for the care of the clergy person with whom we are in mutual discernment. Be assured that we will share our news with the congregation regularly as is appropriate while this process unfolds. Please keep our wardens and vestry in your prayers during this transition period and pray for the candidate whom God already knows that we may welcome them with open arms as our new priest.]]>
<![CDATA[Resignation of the Rector]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://gracebrunswick.org/clergy-transition/resignation-of-the-rectorAugust 1, 2017

And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

St. Paul wrote these words to the Church in Philippi for whom he had deep and abiding affection. These words are resonating with me deeply now as I write to tell you that my time here as your rector will be coming to a close this fall as I have accepted a call to be priest-in-charge at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, Maryland beginning November 1, 2017. I met last night with the vestry, officers and staff to share this news and to begin preparations for this time of transition.

Words cannot begin to express the deep love and gratitude I have for the members of Grace Church and our wider community of Brunswick/Knoxville/Lovettsville. Being your priest has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. You welcomed not only me but my family as well. You eased our daughter’s transition when they left St. Mark’s, Lappans to join Grace and embraced them with your love. Over these six years, we welcomed new members in baptism, reception and confirmation, shared joyful weddings together, sat in hospital rooms and prayed, and cried together at funerals and good-byes. Watching this church grow from a handful of people on my first Sunday to the vibrant community serving Christ and welcoming all has brought us all deep joy.

Since 2011, we have taken risks together, planted seeds, fed communities and through it all we have raised up leaders for the Gospel. You taught me how to be your priest. Leaving weighs heavily on my heart even as I know it is time for you to reclaim your deep historic vocation of being that wonderful “first call” parish who welcomes clergy who have never been rectors and gives them the chance to learn how. Grace Church is a reflection of Christ’s beloved community and I will carry you in my heart even as we go forward in separate directions to work in differing parts of God’s vineyard. While I am departing for St. Peter’s, Stuart is going to continue to split his time between Grace and All Saints as he goes through the Exploring Baptismal Ministry program this coming year, and our girls have no immediate plans to move their memberships, so you’ll see them from time to time. Besides, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland is a place where paths invariably cross and I know we will see each other at various diocesan events.

Be assured you are in good hands as we make plans for this transition. Our Senior Warden, Charlie Harris, our officers and vestry, our aspirants for holy orders Al Horton and David Gunning and our staff are all working together with the diocese to make this a smooth transition. My last Sunday at Grace will be Sunday, October 15th, so we have over two months to celebrate our time together and give thanks to God for all we have been to each other during our time together as priest and people.

Stuart and I will be on retreat from Thursday, August 3rd through Saturday, August 5th but will be back in time to celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration this Sunday here at Grace. We will have an all parish forum on Sunday, August 6th between the 8 and 10 am masses to talk about this upcoming transition. Be assured I am available to talk with each of you as we look forward to the future. I am confident the Holy Spirit is at work to bring another faithful priest to Grace who will love and care for you and that you will open your heart to him or her just as you have done for me. Like Paul, I pray your love for Christ and each other may “overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight” as you go forward into the future to which Christ has called you.

In Christ,
Mtr. Anjel Scarborough+
17th Rector of Grace Church, Brunswick]]>