Grace Church in the Mountains

Our Episcopal parish family welcomes you to our website and encourages you to join us in worship, fellowship,

and service to our neighbors in Haywood County and the rest of the world. 


 Every Sunday: Holy Eucharist at 8:00 am, 10:30 am, and 6:00 pm in Spanish.

Formation Hour at 9:15 am. Coffee Hour after morning services. Nursery from 9:15 – Noon.

Every Wednesday: Holy Eucharist with optional Anointing for Healing at Noon.

2018 Vestry Election Slate

 

The following seven individuals have been nominated and accepted the call to run for a three-year term on our Vestry.   It is bold and vulnerable thing to put oneself forward for such service.  Please pray for all of these candidates over the coming days and weeks.

Our vestry election is at the Annual Meeting on December 3 at 9:15 am in Thatcher Hall.  All active members who are over 16, on our rolls and who have contributed to the support of the parish for at least six month is encouraged to vote.  Please note:  The Vestry is voting to amend our by-laws to make limited provisions for absentee ballots.  If approved, that change will go into effect in 2018.  Currently our by-laws mandate in-person attendance to vote.

Crystal Clary

1) Why do you feel called to serve on the Vestry of Grace Church?

I had never aspired to run for Vestry.  However, after serving on the Discernment Committee and talking with Vestry members, I prayerfully considered this important work in our church.  I feel that my ability to work with others in a team environment for common goals is a trait that will enable me to be an effective Vestry member.

2) Please describe your participation at Grace or in the community, indicating leadership experience that you think will be helpful for the Vestry.

As stated, I served on the last Discernment Committee; I am a member of the Altar Guild and the Ushers.  In the community, I work with Haywood County Schools as a Beginning Teacher Liaison for high schools and serve as a high school teacher Math Coach.

3) What is your vision for Grace Church in the next three years?

My vision for Grace Church is to continue our expansion of outreach in Waynesville and Haywood County.  I have an interest in ensuring our facilities are used in furthering God’s work in our community through our parish.  I also want to support our missional priorities of growing our children and youth ministry and being a welcoming parish that values and helps to grow each person’s spiritual gifts.

Paula Eachus

1) Why do you feel called to serve on the Vestry of Grace Church?

To encourage our recovery community to be part of our Grace Church family…to come upstairs and see all we can offer.

2) Please describe your participation at Grace or in the community, indicating leadership experience that you think will be helpful for the Vestry.

I implemented the 12-step recovery program for people who suffer eating disorders.  I committed to the Catechesis training to teach children the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (level I).  I co-teach and helped set-up the atrium.  Editor’s note:  The atrium is the word we use to describe the area where young children do their “work” of learning about Jesus.

3)  What is your vision for Grace Church in the next three years?

Growth in spiritual and religious practice and its manifestation in service to our community.

Mary Needham Hartman

1) Why do you feel called to serve on the Vestry of Grace Church?

I feel called to serve on the vestry because I am grateful for the spiritual growth and loving community which the church has provided to me.  If selected, I feel that it would be an honor to share my gifts through being a vestry member.

2) Please describe your participation at Grace or in the community, indicating leadership experience that you think will be helpful for the Vestry.

My activities in our church currently include singing in the choir, teaching Rite 13 formation class, and coordinating activities for our youth.  I was a member of the recent discernment committee, and las June I was privileged to attend the Episcopal Church Foundation Boot Camp.  In the community, I serve as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem (GAL), and I am also a GAL trainer.  Over the years in previous Episcopal churches I have been a vestry member, choir member, junior choir director and Sunday School teacher and coordinator.

3)  What is your vision for Grace Church in the next three years?

One important part of my vision for Grace Church is for us to have continued growth in our youth ministry.  Another part is for Grace to e an even more welcoming church to all of our Haywood neighbors and to continue to serve our neighbors with our wonderful outreach programs.  I would like to see our Christian community be infused with sharing our diversities and gifts with each other, enabling us to be “Open to God’s Transforming Grace.”

Mary Lockey

1) Why do you feel called to serve on the Vestry?

I never imagined myself as a Vestry member until I was asked to serve as Clerk this year. During the first Vestry meeting I attended, I observed a dynamic group of individuals functioning as a team, focused on a common desire: to lead Grace Church in the Mountains to grow and be the message of God’s love to each other and to our community.  I thought, “This is a group I would like to contribute to”.

After two more Vestry meetings, and not even deterred by the nitty gritty of budget and policy discussions and debates(!) the thought of serving on the Vestry continued.  Now that I have been nominated, I think of it as a calling.

2) Please describe your participation at Grace or in the community, indicating leadership

experience that you think will be helpful for the Vestry.

I am in my third year of EFM (Education for Ministry) at Grace Church. Through this class, I have explored options for ministry and challenged myself to find ways to serve. As a result, I became a lector and a Eucharistic Minister. I also participated in the support group for our summer intern, Jen Kirby.  In my “day job”, I am an academic advisor in a college setting.  I believe that working and communicating with college-age folks can be an asset for our Missional Priority of developing a vibrant ministry to young adults.

3) What is your vision for Grace Church in the next three years?

All of the Missional Priorities of Grace Church in the Mountains are rich and challenging. As we pursue our goals, we will likely be called to step out of our spiritual comfort zones. In the coming years, I would like to see our church become known as an inclusive, warm, and welcoming house of worship for all kinds of people from all walks of life as we grow in mutual love and seek to communicate across our differences

 

Kenneth Ratcliffe

1) Why do you feel called to serve on the Vestry of Grace Church?

As relative newcomers to Grace Church, my wife and I have felt very welcome from day one. We have tried to immerse ourselves into life here by being a part of the youth Christian formation program and serving as Eucharistic ministers and lay readers on Sunday mornings. I see a very exciting movement of developing new programs and opportunities to welcome new members to our church family that I would like to be a part of on the vestry level. These are exciting times at Grace and I feel our church has much to share with and offer to our community.

2) Please describe your participation at Grace or in the community, indicating leadership experience that you think will be helpful for the Vestry.

I served on the vestry at Grace Church in Asheville during a time of great growth for the church. This was also when our much-loved rector of 30 years retired and we were tasked with the job of finding his successor. Also, I have worked at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center for the last 15+ years. Working as one of the leaders at a Christian non-profit has given me experience offering Christian hospitality to our guests while always being budget minded. One of our guiding principles is to focus on removing distractions from our guests and let God do the work of transforming lives. I believe these same ideals can be applied at Grace Church. If we offer quality opportunities people will come and participate, drawing others closer to Christ.

3) What is your vision for Grace Church in the next three years?

I see the potential for Grace Church to become one of the leading religious communities in Waynesville. A place where people will say, “Wow, look at what’s going on at Grace. I want to be a part of that!” Part of this journey should include continuing to build a strong youth program to draw more young families. As we build excitement in our current members, newcomers, and visitors, I believe our outreach will continue to grow. Haywood county is full of good-hearted people who want to give. Grace Church has the opportunity to tap into that even more to bring others closer to Christ and in turn to offer Christ to those in need. 

Melanie Walt

1) Why do you feel called to serve on the Vestry of Grace Church?

I feel serving on the vestry would be a privilege and would give me the chance to help with having input into the business and growth of Grace church as well as promote the inclusion of Grace Church within the community.  This opportunity would help to define the mission of the congregation and to be sure that programs and procedures are followed as set forth in the mission of Grace Church.

2) Please describe your participation at Grace or in the community, indicating leadership experience that you think will be helpful for the Vestry.

For the past several years, I have served as director of the Altar Guild, and as an Eucharist Minister, acolyte and usher.  I am also on the board of directors for our homeowners association and in the past served on the board of other organizations as well as being the treasurer of the Laurel Ridge Ladies Golf Association and treasurer of my previous local realtors board and President of the Mortgage Lenders Association.  My background is mostly in finance and business having run several businesses in the past. 

3) What is your vision for Grace Church in the next three years?

For the next three years, I would like to see growth in Grace Church with families and children and to have more members be more involved in various ministries of Grace.

KG Watson

1) Why do you feel called to serve on the Vestry of Grace Church?

I have received so much and need to give my energies and thoughts back. 

2) Please describe your participation at Grace or in the community, indicating leadership experience that you think will be helpful for the Vestry.

I host the Men’s Breakfast Monthly.  I am an usher.  I serve the coffee et.al. after services.  I have worked with the Gleaners.  I each week take a bag to the pantry.

3) What is your vision for Grace Church in the next three years?

With the progress now in place, I see our growth in in the congregation, tithes and future leaders coming to the forefront.  Likely, we can increase our outreach contributions to touch every more needy ones in Haywood.  We are only limited by our imaginations.

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