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Vestry Candidate Statements

1/14/2016

 

Dear Fellow Parishioner:

We will elect five new members to the vestry on Sunday, January 31.

 Departing members of the vestry are Rick Glassco, Martha Manson, Sudie McGahuey, Martha Sedgwick, and me.

 Five parishioners have agreed to stand for election for the five slots. The vestry candidates were asked to respond to a list of questions about their lives at Immanuel. You will find their statements below.

I would like to express particular gratitude to the members of our Nominating Committee for helping to organize this election: Randy Alexander, Ken McDonald, and the departing members of the vestry class of 2016.

Sincerely,

Sara Fein, Senior Warden

 

 

 VESTRY CANDIDATES

 John Bednar    Jeannie Cummins Eisenhour  Dorothy Kellogg  Bill Kilpatrick
John Bednar Janice Corbett

Jeannie Cummins

Eisenhour

Dorothy Kellogg Bill Kilpatrick

John Bednar

Summarize your church activities and some of the qualities you might bring to vestry service

I have worshiped at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill for 36 years, with interruptions. I accompanied my family on military assignments to Korea and to Germany. I was baptized at Grace Church, Alexandria and confirmed here at Immanuel. I was an acolyte here for seven years. Both of my parents, Dick and Judy Bednar, also worship here. My mother’s parents worshiped at Immanuel. My grandfather, Leonard Jaudon, served on the vestry; my grandmother, Dorothy Phillips Jaudon, was on the altar guild.

I am an avid supporter of the Pumpkin Patch; I have donated many hours of my time as a “Pumpkin Man.” I am a member of the altar guild. I am currently serving on the Facilities Committee, Outreach Committee and the Communications Committee. I have fried bacon and made pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. I have helped clean up the memorial garden, solved Information Technology issues for our clergy and staff, conducted an inventory of Immanuel’s information technology equipment, and served on the emergency response team to help with flooding events. I also provide audio/visual support for both chapels.

I have a strong desire to serve; I bring the energy and enthusiasm of a young man; I have generously given my time and talents to Immanuel and I am ready to do more at a different level.

 Describe something that you find very valuable or something that you love about Immanuel

I enjoy the fellowship. Members of Immanuel are like family to me. I feel at home here. I am glad we have a strong outreach program.

Describe how you view the ministry of the vestry as part of your Christian journey

Serving on the vestry would allow me to participate more deeply and more personally in the growth of our shared ministry.


Janice Corbett

Summarize your church activities and some of the qualities you might bring to vestry service

I joined Immanuel in 2002 while I was in Washington preparing for my posting in Brazil. I returned to Immanuel in 2010 after my last overseas assignment and began working in the Pumpkin Patch where I met many members of the church and began to really feel like a part of the Immanuel community. I also enjoy participating in Immanuel’s Shrine Mont retreat and the Immanuel knitters. In 2014 I became a chalice bearer.

As a Foreign Service Officer, worshiping in the Episcopal Church provided constancy throughout my career. From this transient life, I gained an understanding of different cultures, people’s needs and life challenges. I know what it’s like to be new to a parish and the difference a warm welcome and a sense of belonging can make in someone’s life.

I bring leadership, management, organizational, and listening skills and a strong sense of team work to the vestry, gained from managing complex operations in a variety of cultures. These skills will enable me to listen to the congregation’s needs and desires and to work with the team of vestry members to maintain programs or implement changes that Immanuel’s community desires.

Describe something that you find very valuable or something that you love about Immanuel

I value Immanuel’s close knit congregation, warm and welcoming congregation, strong community outreach and educational opportunities.

Describe how you view the ministry of the vestry as part of your Christian journey

I admire the members’ solid commitment and contributions that make worshiping at Immanuel such a rewarding experience. I would like to make a greater personal commitment to the parish and expand my Christian journey beyond worship to personal action to make a positive contribution to the community.


Jeannie Cummins Eisenhour

Summarize your church activities and some of the qualities you might bring to vestry service

My mother-in-law first suggested I join her for a service at Immanuel Church- on-the-Hill in 2004. My children and I were warmly greeted by a host of wonderful clergy and families, and soon I became involved in the annual Homecoming show, Christmas pageant, pumpkin sales and Shrine Mont trips. As my children grew, I became a lay reader, sang periodically in the choir, and participated in the selection committee for the current music director. Over the past four years, I have led efforts to revitalize youth programs and supported the expansion of music offerings across services. I bring several important qualities to vestry service, including an open mind, a commitment to inclusive decision making, a willingness to work through conflict to find creative solutions and an ability to define outcomes and measure progress.

 Describe something that you find very valuable or something that you love about Immanuel

Of all that I love about Immanuel, perhaps what stands out most is how everyone is welcomed and welcomed back, regardless of who they are, where they come from, what their politics are, or where they are on their spiritual path. It is one small but meaningful way we try to reflect God's love for us in daily life.

Describe how you view the ministry of the vestry as part of your Christian journey

The ministry of vestry service represents an iterative growth opportunity on my Christian journey. We are navigating multiple challenges, such as a new worship space, changing demographics, and a culture that increasingly relies on instant communication using a maximum of 140 characters. These challenges occur against a backdrop of unprecedented economic, social and political strife in our nation and throughout the world. I hope to help shape this parish's approaches to worship, formation, and outreach in this context, always beginning with the verse that inspires us, "Go Ye Into the World and Preach the Gospel." At the same time, I anticipate this parish community will encourage me to step outside my own limited perspective and explore others' unique experiences of the Way, so I can deepen my understanding of worship, formation and outreach. I pray these deeper understandings will allow me to make meaningful contributions to our life together as a congregation and to the glory of God.


Dorothy Kellogg

Summarize your church activities and some of the qualities you might bring to vestry service

The Kelloggs found Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill about 26 years ago – a young couple looking for a church home in which to raise a soon-to-be-found son.  One of us came from an active church family, the other not so much.  What we found – all of us – vastly exceeded our expectations of what “church” and a “church family” could be.  We sang together, our sons were baptized here, and Jim lies in the Memorial Garden.  Now David and I plan to be married here.  What a blessing, comfort, and joy this place is.

Through the years I have tried to be an active and contributing member of our community on the Hill.  I sing in the choir, I’ve taught Sunday school and Godly Play, I’m a member of the altar guild (brass is my specialty – you do not want to see my sad experiments with flowers), I’ve served on the worship committee, two search committees, the strategic planning committee, and the vestry (2007-2009).  Oh yes, I also co-directed about a dozen Homecoming Shows – what talented people worship here!

What do I think/believe/hope I would bring to your Vestry?  My career has been with consensus-based membership organizations through which (I hope) I’ve developed skills in planning, budgeting, administration, and especially consensus building among people of good will and different perspectives.  During my previous vestry term I was the co-worship steward (three years) and registrar (two years). 

Describe how you view the ministry of the vestry as part of your Christian journey

I have a lengthy yet still growing love for this parish.  I relish an opportunity to work with the clergy, staff, congregation and vestry colleagues as we explore worship in two spaces, opportunities for outreach, welcome to newcomers and guests, spiritual growth and renewal, fellowship and all the other challenges and opportunities the next three years will present.  


Bill Kilpatrick

Summarize your church activities and some of the qualities you might bring to vestry service

I came to Immanuel Church for the preaching and found a community. I have previously served on the vestry, I have served on a Lay Committee and a Search Committee, and I have been a reader and an usher. My career was in banking and investment management. I am now retired but remain as a consultant for my former employer. Over the past 25 years, I have served on various boards and committees for the Inova Health System, Goodwin House and other organizations. I am a Rotarian.

Describe something that you find very valuable or something that you love about Immanuel

Two years ago, I was seriously sick and received prayerful support from the clergy and the Immanuel community. For this, I will always be grateful.

 Describe how you view the ministry of the vestry as part of your Christian journey

I hope to use my experience to help Immanuel to continue its ministry in the community and the parish.

 


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