San Antonio Youth Literacy – Reading Buddies Training

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Calling all those who wish to make an impact in the SA community and in children’s lives through reading!

San Antonio Youth Literacy (SAYL) is helping to move the needle on 3rd grade reading in San Antonio.  Research shows that young children who are not fluent readers by the end of 3rd grade may never catch up to their peers.  SAYL Reading Buddy Volunteers are matched with 2nd grade students in over seventy schools, and on average the students see an average improvement of four reading levels while also fostering their enjoyment of reading. We finished the past school year having 619 Reading Buddies, 8 which were from St. George Episcopal Church. The St. George Reading Buddies worked with 18 students for a total of 151 hours. On average, their students improved by 4 reading levels!

Visit sayl.org to find out more about the Reading Buddy Program and how you can get be part of the SAYL Tribe.

What: San Antonio Youth Literacy- Reading Buddies Training

Where: St. John’s Room

When: Sat. October 19 from 9:30-11:00 AM

Questions? Contact: Julabeth Carden- kittylady46@yahoo.com

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Congratulations New Vestry Members!

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Congratulations to Meg Grant, Cathryn Grigsby, Jason Keller, and Arden McLean our newest Vestry members.

What is the Vestry?

The vestry of an Episcopal Church is an elected group of parishioners responsible for oversight of the church. To be eligible for vestry duties, one must be at least 16, an active member of the parish for at least six months, be a confirmed Episcopalian, and receive the Eucharist weekly.

Fiscal Oversight

The vestry oversees all financial aspects of the church.

The vestry provides financial oversight for the church, preparing an annual budget and filing a corporate report yearly. Vestry members raise money for the church, pay salaries and bills and take care of all assets held by the church. Assets the church may have include endowments and trust funds. The vestry also governs the sale or transfer of any securities held by the church. The vestry approves or recommends any salary increases and denies or approves any expenditures.

Property Management

The vestry provides oversight of all physical changes to the church property.

Property management is another duty of the vestry; responsibilities include maintaining buildings, furnishings and the surrounding property. If upgrades need to be made to physical property, the vestry decides what changes can be made and allocates funds to these changes. Property management includes the rectory and parking lots as well; all should be free of any hazards. The vestry also holds the duty of making sure that all property is insured.

Rector Assistance

The rector votes only when there is a tie.

A rector of an Episcopal Church won’t have time to handle oversight of the church alone, and that is why the vestry exists. The rector is the head of the parish and is also called a reverend or priest. As a member of the vestry, the rector is president of the parish corporation. The rector does not vote on church matters unless there is a tie. The vestry acts in partnership with the rector, and not as a CEO with staff to direct. All work collectively and provide guidance to the rector as needed.

Parishioner Recruitment and Enrichment

Strong attendance is vital to parish growth.

As a group of elected individuals, the vestry must seek ways to form community among parishioners. A vestry defines its own mission, goals and values, depending on the variety of backgrounds among the vestry members. Celebrations, picnics, outings, and other events are organized and carried out by the vestry as a way to build community within the church. The vestry also oversees the religious education of both adults and youth within the parish.

Welcome Team – Opportunity to Serve

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Contact:  Renny Worsham, worshamillath@sbcglobal.net

Mission:  To greet, guide, inspire, and provide first-time guests, repeat visitors, and members to a loving experience and enjoy our Sunday worship. Greeting and ushering at funerals and special occasions. Handle and guide large crowds on special services.

Short Description:  The overall goal of the welcome team is to greet, welcome, engage, and inspire others to feel that they truly have a spiritual home at St, George Episcopal Church.

Person who would enjoy this ministry:  Friendly people who enjoy meeting and greeting, are willing to serve with a smile, preferably once a month commitment and be on time when scheduled to serve.