Pete Kirkham & Jonathan Withington
January Layman-Wood & Pam Rozelsky
Donna Daugherty & Elaine Runkel
Pat Brown & Tom Longin
The Vestry of the Episcopal Church originated in the Virginia colony, in a time when the reality of colonial life and tensions between the British monarchy and colonists were such that Anglicans (Church of England) in the colonies did not have a whole lot of clergy. In order to bridge the gap between lack of clergy, need for services, and with the shifting reality of more lay people and revolutionary spirit, churches created the Vestry.
In this new role, a Vestry was charged with looking after the temporal affairs of a congregation; in other words, tending to the financial and land (now buildings) matters was deemed to be the Vestry’s role, while acknowledging the clergy role to be that of pastoral care (cure of souls) and leading worship.
Over the years, the role between the two have merged at times, with respective groups offering a more balanced approach to ministry: Rector and Vestry working in tandem to ensure the life of a parish, with Rector weighing in on more financial matters, and the Vestry taking on more responsibility for pastoral care and recruiting parishioners for ministry.
“Simply put, there are clear canonical (church) guidelines for who gets to vote about money (Vestry) and who gets to choose about worship services, formation, and the overall spiritual direction vision of St. Andrew’s (Rector),” says Father Tim. “We (Vestry and Clergy) get that, and we respect our church canons but we want to make this ministry to be more than about who gets to do what and who can vote.” Father Tim adds “we need each other; this is the reality.”
The mission of the Buildings and Grounds Commission is to maintain the building and grounds of St. Andrew’s for continued ministry.
- Obtain cost estimates and secure professional help for major repairs or work beyond the capabilities of the Junior Warden, Facilities Manager, or volunteers.
- Recruit and schedule volunteers to look after the grounds, including lawn mowing, pruning shrubs, landscaping, and the Memorial Garden.
- Coordinate all maintenance/repair activities with the Facilities Manager to maximize his/her productivity and provide assistance and support when necessary.
- Schedule the Spring and Fall Cleanups and recruit to achieve a good volunteer turnout.
- Assist with inventories and major moves of equipment and furnishing.
- Assess the need for and the cost of long-term or expensive repairs, advise the Rector and the Vestry, and secure necessary approvals before undertaking such work.
The mission of the Communication Commission is to facilitate communication among current members as well as with prospective members and the outlying community in general. We aim to support our parish spirit and sense of community among parish members by assisting all of the ministries within the church with different communication approaches through a variety of media. The parish website, publications, audio-visual materials, photographs, and signage are all tools that the Communication Commission use to further this mission.
The mission of the Fellowship Commission is to enhance the spiritual growth of members of the parish and the community through the development and strengthening of caring relationships in both large and small group events and activities.
Large Group Events include: Parish dinners, Lenten Soup Supper Series, Spring Tea, Parish Picnic, Monthly Fellowship Coffee/Coffee Hosts, and the annual ShrineMont Retreat.
Small Groups include: Daytimers’ Group, Families with Young Children Group, Men’s Fellowship, Softball Team, Tuesday Stitchers Group, and the Women’s Fellowship.
- Developing, assessing, and improving formation programs.
- Plan, recruit volunteers, and assist with formation-related events.
- Recruit and train superintendents and teachers.
- Assist in developing the annual formation budget.
Formation Programs include:
- The Learning Center (Nursery, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Children’s Chapel – Godly Play stories during sermon time during the 10:00 am service).
- Sunday School (First through Sixth Grade).
- Journey to Adulthood Program: Rite 13 (Seventh and Eighth Graders), J2A (Ninth and Tenth Graders), and Young Adults in Christ (Eleventh and Twelfth Graders).
- Adult Education during the 11:.30- 12:15 – following the 10:00 am service.
- Vacation Bible School.
The St. Andrew’s Episcopal Preschool is another important formation component in our parish. Founded in 1985, the preschool serves children and families in the Burke area by providing a loving atmosphere where each child can develop socially, physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually.
The vision of St. Andrew’s Outreach Commission is to serve the needs of others, responding out of our abundance, using our gifts to care for those in critical need. The mission of the Outreach Commission is to examine the needs and establish programs, or determine grants to agencies and organizations performing ministries of service in our community, the nation, and the world. We encourage volunteer efforts by parishioners on behalf of these programs and ministries.
Current programs and missions include:
- International support includes the El Hogar school for children and The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (and specifically St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ramallah Palestine).
- Local support includes the Diocese of Virginia, Shrine Mont summer camp tuition, ECHO food bank, ESOL, FACETS meal programs, the annual Hypothermia Prevention Response Program for Fairfax County, Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, and Episcopal Relief and Development.
The mission of the Finance and Resource Management Commission is to support St. Andrew’s mission to proclaim God’s love, grow spiritually, and serve others through the oversight, coodination and management of parish financial resources. The two ministries that comprise the Finance and Resource Management Commission are the Finance and Budget Committee and the Stewardship Committee.
The Finance and Budget Committee:
- Advises the Rector and Vestry regarding the financial status of the church.
- Makes recommendations on church policy regarding finances to the Rector and Vestry (e.g., annual budget).
The Stewardship Committee:
- Coordinates year-round stewardship activity with the Rector and ensures that the congregation is aware of what stewardship means at St. Andrews.
- Presents a program of stewardship education at various times throughout the year.
- Coordinates the fall Intention of Giving campaign.
- Makes contact with newcomers and parishioners as appropriate to explain the stewardship program and follow-up on new pledges.
The Welcome Commission is meant to be a constant reminder to the Vestry and the entire parish about the way we welcome guests and the importance of integrating newcomers into the life of the church. This includes newcomer receptions, constant work with our staff on newcomers and other pastoral needs, coordination with ushers for special needs, and other members to ensure we do our best to welcome guests and answer questions about the life of our church. Welcoming the stranger among us has long been a central reminder in our scripture, and may be the central thing we do as we welcome those who find their way here. We can always use cheerful greeters to help tell the story of St. Andrew’s and to welcome others.
Worship is why we gather and every aspect of church life begins and is rooted in prayer and worship. St. Andrew’s provides a variety of avenues and opportunities so everyone can find a place to experience the love of God and neighbor. We do strives to be a place where all can worship, serve, and belong.
The worship commission exists to ensure that the worship experience flows smoothly and is meaningful for parishioners and visitors. Commission ministries include: acolytes, altar guild, baptism and wedding coordination, flower guild, funeral coordination, lay Eucharistic ministries, music ministries, the prayer guild, and ushers.
Endowment Management Board
Board members are elected by the Vestry for three-year terms. The Board meets quarterly and provides reports and counsel to the Rector, Treasurer, and Vestry on the status of the St. Andrew’s Endowment Fund.
- Recommend to the Rector, Treasurer, and Vestry annual distributions for church use (operational budget).
- Provide advice and counsel to parishioners on bequests and major gifts to the church.
- Encourage Planned Giving through programs of education and publications on fiscal stewardship and health.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Preschool is a ministry of St. Andrew’s to the community and is administered by the Rector, in consultation with the preschool board and Vestry of the Church. The Board is comprised of ten members. Two members are from the Vestry, four members are parishioners, two members are parents of children attending the Preschool, and one member is from outside the parish, representing the community.
The Rector is a continuing member of the Board and the Preschool Director is an ex-officio member. The preschool board is charged with planning and supervising the preschool’s program. Duties of the board include, but are not limited to, advising the Director regarding scheduling, determining the annual budget, and setting fees and salaries. Final authority in personnel of the preschool rests with the Rector. The preschool board meets quarterly.
Friends of Music and the Arts of St. Andrew’s
This board meets quarterly to support the Rector and Organist/Choirmaster in the overall development of the program and mission, and with projects such as concert advertising and event planning. The current members of the Friends of Music and the Arts at St. Andrews are: The Reverend Tim Heflin, Aaron Goen (Organist and Choirmaster), Dan Emrick, Pete Kirkham, Melinda Morgan, Claire Palmer, Donna Osthaus, and Karan Wright.