The Mother Church

of  The Dakotas

  517 Douglas  Avenue,  Yankton, SD 57078


GREETINGS FRIENDS OF CHRIST CHURCH We are two-thirds through 2017, and school and football has begun. I thought I should share with you all the work that the Vestry has been doing since the Annual Meeting in January when we made a commitment to you to develop an action plan to help us tackle a difficult budget and form a ministry vision. Since then, the Vestry has been doing just that, along with the usual vestry business. A Congregational Workshop was planned and held on March 19. Approximately 20 people attended to share ideas and provided answers to 5 questions to help prioritize and lead us forward in our ministry. The information collected at the workshop was collated and analyzed. The vestry then met with Bishop John Tarrant and the Diocesan Minister of Leadership Development, Chris Corbin, in April to get their advice, direction, and resources. Using all the information collected from them and the workshop, the vestry has developed an outline laying out a plan for us to move forward. In the next few months we will complete a preliminary draft plan to share with you at the 2018 Annual Meeting. You can expect to receive a short survey from the vestry that will be asking the congregation a few questions to get a better idea of who we are as a church, what our “niche” is in the community, and what is our Church Vision. This plan will also help us understand what we will be looking for in a new rector. The Vestry is beginning to develop a Search Committee that will be conducting the work required to find candidates for the new rector of Christ Church. You will be hearing more about that in the near future. The vestry is also currently looking for 2-3 people interested in working on a Stewardship Committee this next month to get the congregation charged up and thinking about how they may help in meeting our vision and goals. Please let me know if you are interested in participating in this committee. Thank you to all those who came to the workshop with your ideas and thank you all for your help in the coming months in meeting our challenges and goals. Peace be with you, Carol Smith Senior Warden Christ Episcopal Church

Christ Episcopal Church         517 Douglas Avenue        Yankton, SD 57078          605.665.2456