2021 Parish Meeting

Posted by Emily Austin at Sunday, Jan 24
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Nominations are now being accepted for Church of the Holy Communion's Vestry

Running a church is no easy task.

On the one hand, Church of the Holy Communion is the religious home base for more than 1,200 people. It provides worship and fellowship opportunities for disciples of all ages, weddings and funerals, community service and Christian formation. And, lately, it has been doing all of these things online and in other new, socially-distanced ways!


On the other hand, Church of the Holy Communion is a non-profit organization with almost $2 million in annual revenue; 31 employees; 50,000 square feet of facilities; and a multi-dimensional partnership with St. Mary’s Episcopal School, one of the largest and most prominent independent schools for girls in our region.


Jesus said that one hand should not know what the other hand is doing, but Holy Communion’s vestry makes sure to keep track of both. Members of the vestry are spiritual leaders and temporal leaders all rolled into one. They make sure that Holy Communion stays focused on its core mission while also ensuring that its business practices are sound and sustainable.


“Serving on the vestry is not an easy job, but it is a hugely rewarding one,” said Fr. Sandy Webb, reflecting on the eleven different vestries with whom he has served as a priest. “Any one parishioner can have a huge impact on the future direction of her parish by serving on the vestry.”


Vestry members with experience in philanthropy set the stage for success in our recent capital campaign. Vestry members with experience in business developed the strategy that let us expand and enhance our staff in recent years. Vestry members with experience in listening and reflection discerned our statement of mission priorities and the strategic plan that followed.

“The vestry is also my closest group of advisors,” Fr. Sandy added. “They are the people to whom I turn when I need advice, or when I need to get a sense of what the congregation is thinking and feeling.” 


Vestry member Liz Crowder is serving as chair of the 2021 vestry nominating committee. “In the coming year, Church of the Holy Communion will be thinking a lot about reentry, health and safety, and technology. If you are someone who has a special skill set that lends itself to these issues, we need you to consider serving on the vestry.”


The work of the vestry nominating committee is to assemble a list of parishioners that would serve our church well on the vestry, either now or in the future. All parishioners are able to recommend themselves or others for this important work. Vestry nominees must be members on the rolls, givers of record, confirmed, and eighteen years of age or older.


Vestry members serve for three-year terms and five seats come available every year. The vestry will draw from the names assembled by the nominating committee to create a slate of five people who will bring the particular suite of gifts and skills that Holy Communion needs at this creative and challenging time.


The slate that is curated by the vestry will be presented for election at the Annual Parish Meeting in January. In accordance with Holy Communion's by-laws, additional nominations from the floor can be made at the Annual Parish Meeting.


Important Considerations


  • Parishioners are encouraged to nominate themselves as well as others to serve on the vestry.


  • The nominating committee seeks diversity of perspectives among its vestry members. We are looking for a cross-section of people of diverse age groups, genders, and Sunday service attendance. We also encourage the nomination of parishioners who have recently joined Holy Communion from other faith.


  • Time Commitment: The vestry meets once a month, and meetings last from 1-2 hours. Vestry members are expected to prepare thoroughly for vestry meetings and participate actively. Vestry members are also expected to serve on the committees and task forces that advance the vestry’s work in between meetings.


  • Vestry Retreat: The vestry historically gathers for a retreat at the beginning of each year. Attendance is required. While the pandemic may require a change of plans, the dates for next year’s vestry retreat are currently set for February 5-6, 2021.



To make a nomination, please contact any current member of the Church of the Holy Communion vestry at your earliest convenience.


2021 Vestry Nominating Committee


Liz Crowder, Chair

Mike Driscoll

Dale Jones

 Tracy Killen

Anna Rojas

Marlene Shaw

Richard Williamson

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Moving In Faith Challenge

Join Holy Communion as we team up with Grace-St. Luke’s, Saint John’s and other churches in the city to offer Moving In Faith.  This is a 6-week journey to a healthier mind, body and spirit through exercise, weekly prayers and scripture readings.

More than ever, it’s important to find ways to stay healthy.  Be a part of our Holy Communion team as we challenge other congregations, friends and neighbors to work towards common health goals through daily exercise!  Friendly team competition is a great way to stay connected and motivate one another. 

The Basics:

Moving In Faith starts June 1 and is for everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. 

  • Each church will be a team.  The Director of Recreation from each church will serve as its team captain. 
  • Teams will compete for the most points accumulated throughout the journey (highest team average based on # of participants per team).
  • Individual team members accumulate points for his/her team for each minute of exercise completed. (Run, walk, dance, yoga, tai chi, Zumba, row, bike, elliptical, strength training, tennis, golf, etc.)
  • Team captains will email team members weekly scripture readings, prayer and motivational quotes for reflection and team updates.
  • Team members will email team captain weekly with number of individual points earned for his/her team.
  • Once registered, training logs and more information will be emailed to you.

You don’t have to be a member of the church to participate so please invite others to join the journey.  There is NO fee to participate.   Register today for our Moving In Faith 6-week health journey by sending an email to juliefike@holycommunion.org.

Posted by Julie Fike at Monday, May 4
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Join the CHC Praise Pals!

Hello all, My name is Megan Johnson, the Minister of Welcome.

Along with implementing our weekly Zoom calls for the Young Adults, I am starting a Pen Pal group at Holy Communion, called THE PRAISE PALS. We are welcoming all ages, individuals, and families to join! We are looking to connect parishioners across all service times.

If you are interested, the first step is to email me at mjohnson@holycommunion.org, with your Name, Age, and Address.

The second step, is to commit to one short letter per week, once you are paired with a pal. Please contact me by Sunday May 10 if you are interested! Then once we get things started we would love for you to share photos of your fun letters you have received, directly on our Facebook page or send to Emily to get posted in the Communicator! This is such an amazing way to stay connected and get your creative juices flowing through handwritten words, drawings, and/or little tokens! I can’t wait to hear from all you future Praise Pals! 

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Young Adult Zoom Check-Ins Planned

Hello Young Adults! I know these times have been uncertain, which is why we all need to stay close and connected. My name is Megan Johnson and I am the Minister of Welcome here at Holy Communion. I will be hosting weekly Zoom calls for the Young Adults in our church community. This will be a fun opportunity to quickly touch base with individuals and families that are at a similar stage of their lives.

The times, secure passcodes, and zoom IDs will be provided via a weekly email! I look forward to getting to know everyone more so that when we return we will be stronger as a group. Please email me mjohnson@holycommunion.org with any questions about how to get more involved.

With God’s Love,


at Monday, May 4
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Home Obstacle Course Challenge

Join the Home Obstacle Course Challenge! 

Posted by Julie Fike at Sunday, Apr 26
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Calvary Waffle Shop Servers Needed!

Waffle Shop Servers

 Join our Holy Communion crew serving Fridays during Lent at Calvary. Servers work from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You get a free meal when the shift ends. Calvary’s free shuttle from St. Mary’s Cathedral runs every 15 minutes.

Contact Lilie Hudson to sign up at lilie@me.com or 803-917-6768.

Posted by Emily Austin at Sunday, Jan 26
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Ballroom Dancing Workshop

Kick up your heels!


Ballroom Dancing Workshop
Saturday, Feb. 15 | 7-8:30 p.m.
Wellness & Recreation Center


On Saturday, February 15, Church of the Holy Communion Recreation & Wellness will host a free night of ballroom dancing in our newly-opened Wellness Center! Instructor Desiree McCain will present a simple introduction to East Coast swing, a dance that is fun, simple and that you can go to a wedding and do. It will be a 30-45 minute lesson with refreshments.

We intend for this to be a fun night of dance, fellowship and refreshments. There won’t be a cost, but please sign up through the link below so we can get a head count: https://form.jotform.com/200123940886050

A week or so after the Saturday night event, Desiree will teach ballroom two classes per night on Thursday nights: Intro to Ballroom and Intermediate Swing. 

Posted by Emily Austin at Monday, Jan 20
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Old Pews in a New Nave?

Although the vestry initially decided to hold off on replacing our old pews, some parishioners have voiced concern about installing our old pews in a newly-renovated Nave. So far, $80,000 has been raised of the $125,000 we need to buy new pews.

To make an extra donation toward this effort for new pews, please contact the church office or the Sr. Warden, Mike Murphy: 901-870-2850, mmurphy@mdwlaw.com. We must order the pews soon for them to be ready to install when the Nave is finished.

Posted by Emily Austin at Sunday, Jan 19
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New FAQs Regarding Nave Renovation

When will we be back in the Nave?

While specific construction schedules can be hard to predict, we anticipate a grand re-entry into the Nave on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020.


Has there been a delay?

The Nave was built before parishioners expected it to be air conditioned, which means that it was never designed to accommodate ductwork or cooling equipment. It has taken time to design a system that will be efficient, quiet, and easy to maintain.


Why do we have workmen on the roof?

The vestry is committed to improving both our infrastructure and aesthetics. The Nave is getting a new roof (with a 50-year warranty!) and new windows, along with new electrical and plumbing systems. Some of the most important improvements we have made to our buildings will not be visible. 


Will we be able to renovate the Narthex?

Yes, and the Chancel and Sacristy too.


How are we doing financially?

On the revenue side, our capital campaign exceeded every expectation and payments are coming in ahead of schedule. On the expense side, the vestry has worked hard to control costs while also ensuring that all of our renovations are done completely and well. When the whole project is complete – Blaisdell and Greenwood, Cheney, the Nave, and the Athletic & Wellness Center –we expect that we will have a gap of about $950,000, a little less than 8% of the total project cost. The vestry takes that gap very seriously and is already working on plans to address it. The timely payment of every pledge truly matters.


What about the pews?

Although the vestry initially decided to hold off on replacing our old pews, some parishioners have voiced concern about installing our old pews in a newly-renovated Nave. So far, $80,000 has been raised of the $125,000 we need to buy new pews. To make an extra donation toward this effort for new pews, please contact the church office or the Sr. Warden, Mike Murphy: 901-870-2850,  mmurphy@mdwlaw.com . We must order the pews soon for them to be ready to install when the Nave is finished.

A sample pew seat is on display in the lobby between Cheney Parish Hall and the Vaughan Welcome Center if you’d like to try it out!


What’s going on with the organ?

Pipe organs behave more like living organisms than machines; they are very sensitive to temperature and dust. We are going to repair the organ after construction, but do not currently have the funds to make long-term investments in it. Parishioners who would like to make gifts to support music ministry at Holy Communion might consider investing in the pipe organ.


How will acolytes and Eucharistic Ministers find their way in the renovated Nave?

The Reverend Jonathan Chesney is going work with our lay leaders to get all of our customaries updated and to offer training sessions this spring.


Can I take a tour of the Nave to see construction progress?

Safety is a top priority for Holy Communion. At the present time, it is not safe for us to host group tours of the Nave. Please visit our Facebook page for regular photo updates on construction.

Posted by The Reverend Sandy Webb at Tuesday, Jan 7
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