A Message from the Senior Warden (March 2020)


Dear Fellow Parishioners,

This is a continuation of the Vestry’s plan to share some of the highlights associated with life at GSL, especially as so many rich and exciting things are taking place at every turn.

Many joined us for the February 18th requiem service for former organist-choirmaster, Wesley Emerson, to show appreciation for his faithful commitment to GSL. Wesley was truly inspirational and courageous despite his health challenges over the years. The well-attended Luna Nova concert on February 13, a series that he helped to pioneer, was dedicated in his memory.

A big thanks goes to the Finance Committee, Treasurer Bev Trojan, Parish Administrator Linda Stine, and Father Ollie Rencher, who worked hard on one of the least fun projects: developing a budget! At the February Vestry meeting, we adopted a budget that involves some belt-tightening in a few areas, but enables us to continue the same commitments to three priests, guest speakers, programs for all ages, music, fellowship, and outreach. We are grateful for the pledges received, including many substantially increased ones, to support the entire parish, and also are seeking 100% pledge participation from all households. Every pledge will help to sustain life at GSL.

Father Ollie reports that his search for an associate rector is underway to have a new priest in place by July when most viable prospects would be available to begin. His Search Advisory Team of Mike Davis, Jane Morse, Kurt Patton, Charlie Pazar, Beth Perkins, Virginia Rowland, and I will meet finalists in the Spring. He and we remain grateful for Interim Associate Rector, the Rev. Anne Carriere, Curate, the Rev. Meredith Day, the staff, and all who share in operating the parish.

Please join us for the many formation and fellowship offerings as well as regular worship services on Sundays and Wednesdays and help us to continue our welcoming and vibrant ministry. If we can assist your journey at GSL in any way, contact me or a member of the clergy-staff team.


Simon Wadsworth
Senior Warden, on behalf of the Vestry
901-674-6831 | srcw at icloud.com