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Parish Survey Results from the Dean Search Committee

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Parish Survey last month. We had a great response, and the candor and insights are most helpful as we move forward. Here’s a brief summary of the findings; for more detailed results, click here.

  • We successfully delivered 502 surveys; of those 160 were returned for a return rate of 32 percent. 

  • Overall, 87 percent of parishioners rated their general sentiment about St. Mary’s as either Very or Somewhat Favorable. 95 percent said St. Mary’s fulfills its mission statement Very Well or Somewhat Well. More than 80 percent of respondents said the overall atmosphere is either Very Joyous or Somewhat Joyous.

  • The three most cited strengths of St. Mary’s were the music ministry, the building/physical edifice, and the diversity of the congregation and its community outreach. However, even though the building and the community outreach are seen as strengths, both drew unfavorable responses as well. “Building Maintenance” and “Achieving a Better Balance Between Congregation and Community” were frequently cited as “areas of potential change.”

  • The state of St. Mary’s finances emerged in this survey as the area of greatest current concern. When asked to list what St. Mary’s should change, financial health was one cited most often. 

  • In the survey question asking for input on qualities needed by a new dean, Management/Administrative/Business Skills/Organized ranked among the top five qualities. Other qualities include New Direction, New Ideas, New Energy as well as Friendly and Compassionate. 

For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Jerry Harber, Dean Search Committee Chair jerry.harber@gmail.com

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Generations of Generosity: Commitment 2020

Commitment 2020 is wrapping up! 

You are invited: 

Stewardship Gratitude Dinner

Please join us on Tuesday, November 19th 5:30-7:30 pm at the Cathedral


Come celebrate the abundance and generosity that we wonderfully have together at St. Mary's! There is much to give thanks for as we conclude the Stewardship 2020 season. 


We will enjoy a delicious meal of roasted rosemary pork tenderloin, yeast rolls, glazed baby carrots, mixed green salad, finished off with a caramel apple cake!


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If you have not yet had the opportunity to turn in your pledge card, please contact: Pat Kelly, Stewardship Chair patcasskelly@gmail.com 901.262.4534


RSVP required to Allison Musick (amusick@stmarysmemphis.org) by Wednesday, November 13th


Nursery care available; please register with Kenyetta Thompson Powell by November 13th: kthompson@stmarysmemphis.org 901.779.9279

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A Time of Transition

During this time of transition, as the Dean search process begins, in addition to the clergy, members of the Vestry will serve as ministry heads for each of the six areas of ministry. As questions arise, know that there is a Vestry member ready to assist you with your question. 


Service/Outreach: Tom Edwards: tomedwardslcsw@gmail.com


Worship: Steve Kite-Powell: kitepowell@comcast.net

 
Education: TBA


Evangelism: Posey Hedges 901.335.5854  


Pastoral Care: Sybil Onwuka: sybilonwuka@bellsouth.net  


Stewardship: Pat Kelly patcasskelly@gmail.com

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Transition News

Interim Dean

The goodness of transition continues with exciting news: Laura Gettys has been appointed Interim Dean by Bishop Don Johnson and Bishop-Elect Phoebe Roaf. The Cathedral Vestry approved at their February meeting, and Senior Warden Scott Morrell announced last Sunday, February 24th at the 11 am service. Laura will serve in this capacity until a new Dean is selected.

Dean Search Committee

These people were elected by the Vestry, based on their qualifications and demonstrated support of the Cathedral:

Jean Fisher

Jerry Harber

Ernest Kelly

Aimee McMillin

Kelly Morice

Graham Ross

Gillian Steinhauer

Marcos Villa

Robert Watson

Roger Wolcott

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