Meet the Leadership: Led by the Spirit
• The Rev. Jan Kwiatkowski, Supply Priest on for Sunday worship
• Esther Kramer, PhD., Deacon and officiant for Wednesday healing services
• The SOS Team
• Barb, Parish Administrator
• Vestry: our church council
Americans share a common dislike for being bossed, and you won’t find many pushy and overbearing people at St. Bartholomew’s. At the same time, we appreciate it when people use their spiritual gift for leadership to make things run well. That’s the common thread our leaders share: a willingness to be led by the Spirit in ways that bless us all.
St. Bartholomew's is in transition. The 3 year contract with our priest-in-charge has ended and we are in discernment to call a new rector. This is a very exciting time for St. Bart's and we look forward to the next step in our faith journey.
The SOS Team
At St. Bartholomew’s, SOS isn’t a distress signal. It’s the name for our Support Office Staff, a group of volunteers who keep a cool head while dealing with the church’s everyday administrative needs. SOS team members cover daily office hours (Mon-Thurs, 8:30-2:30), and work on weekly tasks that including assembling the This Week newsletter, updating the Communication Center, preparing church bulletins and PowerPoint slides. They also have many other duties, from totaling church attendance and entering data into our Servant Keeper software to preparing activity sheets for children to color on Sunday morning, printing out parishioner name tags and arranging background checks for those who work with children.
Barb, Parish Administrator
Sooner or later, everybody meets Barb Lentz our Parish Administrator. This isn’t surprising, since she’s the center of so many of St. Bartholomews’ everyday activities. She coordinates the efforts of the SOS Team, and she is the go-to person for weddings, funerals, baptisms, confirmations and special events. She also coordinates pastoral requests, and keeps a master calendar updated in the church office for everyone’s use. She is in charge of the St. Bartholomew’s email account, sending out all-parish emails and contacting those who don’t have an email account.
At the end of the day, she slumps into an easy chair. We perfectly understand why, and thank Barb (and God) for her ministry.
The church is governed by a board of elected parishioners. In a time-honored Episcopal tradition, we know them by an old and obscure name: the Vestry. Even though they no longer meet in the room which stores the priest and choir’s garments (the vestments), they still guide the church’s affairs as they did for our English ecclesiastical ancestors. The vestry manages the church budget, serves as the authority in personnel matters and all points of procedure. Our vestry is run by a Senior Warden, who is the presiding officer, and a Junior Warden who traditionally focuses on matters of buildings and grounds.
New members of the vestry are voted in at the church’s annual meeting in January. The following members currently stand.