This year’s Annual Meeting will be held in the Gym on Sunday, February 1 after the 10:00 am service. Have lunch, thank outgoing vestry members, approve the new slate of parish leadership, and learn about the 2015 budget. Most importantly, come celebrate the wonderful work being done at St. John’s! Please bring a dish to share. Childcare will be available, but please contact the office to let us know how many children will be coming. You can call 651-228-1172 x10 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates to be voted upon at the annual meeting, February 1, 2015:
Vestry: Kevin Wall, John MacBain, Nancy Wellington, Judy Stack-Nelson
Cornerstone Trust: Rick Rinkoff
Youth Delegate for Convention: Tim Krall
Kevin Wall: SJE has had a great impact on my life and has been a continued source of support for my family and me for many years. We have greatly benefited from the rich worship experience, friendships , and the supportive programs, such as the nursery and Godly Play. I have been involved with various activities at SJE such as being a part of the usher team, assisting as parent volunteer for Godly play and the children’s choir, and more recently as a member of the Music Director search committee. I am grateful for my role as the St. John’s “resident drummer” and feel blessed to help support the music ministry in this way. I want to express my sincere gratitude for the opportunity to continue my at large membership on the Vestry at SJE. My first year as an at large member has provided me a solid foundation as it relates to the general work of the vestry and the important role it plays in the support and development of the various ministries here at SJE. I feel fortunate to have been part of the development of the Strategic Plan, and look forward to playing a role in its implementation, particularly as it relates to area of music and worship. I thank you all for your support.
John MacBain: I started worshipping at St. John’s 3 years ago and joined in May, 2012. I have supported the Music Ministry by providing violin music for worship and by serving on the Music Commission. I have also participated in a small group, the Men’s Breakfast, compline, and many of the educational opportunities at St. John’s. While I was an ELCA / LCA Lutheran much of my life, we sought out the Episcopal Church in Carmel, Indiana in 2008 prior to our move to Minnesota in 2011. It was grandchildren that motivated our move north and we have never looked back. I hold degrees from Case Institute of Technology (physics and mathematics), Purdue University (M.S. and Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics), and the University of Dayton (MSEE). I am now retired, but worked in geophysical exploration research for two oil companies, led automotive engineering research teams for both GM and Delphi Automotive, and more recently ended five years of consulting on computer synthesis of future hybrid aircraft design. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the St. John’s community where I trust some of my experience will be an asset.
Nancy Wellington: I came to St. John’s in 2006, when my husband David and I were living in western Wisconsin and he had a Wednesday evening class. I asked Jim Frazier if I could please sing with the choir “just for this evensong.” Thanks to the music, the people, the preaching, and the sense of mission, we’re still here, and we retired to St. Paul last summer. I’ve been a church musician since the age of ten. I majored in church music at Gustavus Adolphus College and have served Lutheran, Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Episcopal parishes in Korea, Minnesota and Wisconsin. While at St. John the Baptist – Linden Hills, I worked closely with Barbara Mraz and also served on the diocesan Liturgical Commission. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to help support our excellent music program and all the ministries of our parish.
Judy Stack-Nelson: My family and I began attending St. Johns about three years ago. We come from a Lutheran background, but when we moved to the West Side of St. Paul and were looking for a church home, we heard such good things about St. John’s we decided to visit. We were impressed with the beauty of the worship, the friendliness of the people, and the obvious desire to reach out and make a difference. As we stayed, my children joined the choir and, after talking with Jered about how I might use my shills and interests at St. John’s (I have a PhD in New Testament and a background in small groups training and church consulting), I was asked to join the newly developed Formation Commission. I was also asked to take up some of Kate’s duties while she was on maternity leave. Through working with the new member and visitor ministry, education, and small groups, I got to know many people in the congregation, both new and long-time members, and got to know the staff and the day-to-day working of the church through being in staff meetings and working closely with the other staff members on projects. After Kate returned, I continued my work with the formation commission, work that has been recently focused on interpreting the Strategic Plan and developing ways to implement this vision. Through these experiences, I have gained a greater appreciation for the heart of this congregation—it’s desire to worship God and to reach out and call others to fullness of life in Jesus, not only spiritually but in all areas of life, and the desire to serve and move forward into the God’s future for this church. As part of the vestry, I hope to contribute to that process and facilitate others doing so as well.