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What has occurred so far with our search for a new rector:

5/17/2018: Father John announced his retirement.

6/12/2018: Vestry met with the Rev. Mary Thorpe, Director of Transition Ministry, Diocese of Virginia. She explained the two options for hiring a new rector: 1) a priest-in-charge who is recommended by the Diocese for a three-year contract that can be extended; or 2) the traditional model of hiring interim rector, followed by a search committee and then a full-time rector.

6/24/2018: The Vestry met to discuss the process for hiring a new rector. Nine non-vestry members of the parish attended. The options presented at the 6/12 meeting with Rev. Mary Thorpe were discussed. The Vestry voted unanimously to pursue the traditional process of hiring an interim rector and selecting a search committee to interview candidates to be our new rector.

7/1/2018: Vestry began forming the Rector Selection Committee members. The goal is to have 5-7 people on the committee. No vestry members can be on the committee.

7/5/2018: Saturday, September 8, 2018 was selected to celebrate Father John’s retirement.

7/15/2018: The Vestry announced the members of the Discernment Committee.

9/10/2018: The Vestry has requested Rev. Donna Foughty and the Rev. Michael Pumphrey to serve as supply clergy for St. Mark's for the remainder of September and the month of October. The name of a possible interim rector was received from the Director of Transition Ministry, Rev. Mary Thorpe .When an interim rector is selected, he/she will serve until a permanent rector is hired.

9/16/2018: Rev. Mary Thorpe preached at the 8 and 10 a.m. services and spoke at the Adult Forum to explain the upcoming transition period. Our parish and the Discernment Committee will be evaluating where our parish is today and where God is calling us to be in the future in order to build a road map of where we want to be. We will identify what gifts and skills we already have in our parish that will get us where we want to be and what skills we will need in our next rector to possess that will augment our existing skills.

9/16/2018:  The 8 members of the Discernment Committee were commissioned during the 10 a.m. service. The search committee will not be able to share with the vestry or church members who they are interviewing or what church they are visiting until a recommendation is made to the vestry. The search process will take about 12 months.

9/23/2018:  The first meeting of the Discernment Committee was an overview of the search process and how we plan to approach the tasks involved. Afterwards, a Google email account for the search committee was created and a shared drive for documents and collaboration.

10/21/2018: The second meeting focused on development of the survey questions. Eric Murchie-Beyma is the lead for development of the survey questions, roll-out, and tabulation. Two members stepped down due to personal or work commitments. Two methods will be used to collect the survey results: Google Forms online survey sent out via email and hard copy surveys placed and collected in the narthex. Google Forms was selected over Survey Monkey because the free version of Survey Monkey is limited to 10 questions per survey and Google Forms has unlimited questions. TinyURL.com was recommended to use to distribute the URL for the survey in our electronic newsletter and in the weekly bulletin announcements. This allows us to print a short, manageable URL. Ashley Bryda will develop the focus group questions. It was decided to hold the focus groups in January 2019, after the holidays.

10/28/2018: An introduction to the search process was given at the 9:10 Adult Forum. A copy of the presentation was placed on the website and Facebook page. Thirty paper copies were printed for those who do not use the internet.

11/4/2018: Electronic and paper surveys were distributed. We ask that the surveys be completed ASAP.

11/11/2018: The subject of the third meeting was the development of the focus group questions lead by Ashley Bryda. Father John Hall dropped in to offer assistance when needed. We are collaborating on the wording of the questions and plan to conduct listening sessions with groups of less than 9 people in Jan-Feb 2019.

12/9/2018:  The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 9. The the meeting will be to finalize the focus group questions, conduct a practice/dry run for answering the questions, discuss the results of the survey, and pick dates for conducting the focus groups.