St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church
|Date Posted||August 8, 2018|
Michigan (Jim Gettel)
|Compensation||$48,443 to $64,590 depending on experience and benefit needs*|
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Communicants in Good Standing||158|
|Average Sunday Attendance||55|
The spirit of St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church (https://www.stkatherines.org/) is embodied in our mission statement, “people of all ages seeking wholeness as a community of Christ—sharing the journey, growing deeper in faith, reaching into the world” and in our prayer of welcome, which we offer each Sunday: “Holy Spirit living within us, guide our hearts and minds as we welcome today all those who worship at St. Katherine’s. Give us discerning hearts so that everyone who crosses our threshold feels welcomed in the spirit of your love. Help us to recognize each person as an individual sent by you who will enrich our lives. And most of all, O God, let this be a place of love and acceptance of all your children, in the name of your Child, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.”
St. Katherine’s is set on ten acres of rural beauty, seven miles from the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing and eleven miles from Lansing, the capital of Michigan. With these resources nearby, the congregation of St. Katherine’s enjoys a high level of education and competency, which spills over into our contributions to its ministry. In addition to the church building, constructed in 1962, our wooded property includes our State of Michigan-honored historic (and fully accessible) chapel, constructed in 1887 and our former free-standing parish hall, which has been fully renovated to serve the surrounding community as the Forster Woods Adult Day Center (https://forsterwoods.org/), a semi-independent 501(c)3 nonprofit entity.
St. Katherine’s highly values worship, formation and service:
- Our Sunday 8 a.m. Rite I service is held in the historic chapel from Easter to All Saints’ Sunday. Our 10 a.m. Rite II service is replete with music. We also have recently developed an Inter-Faith Peace service with prayers to be offered to provide solace and comfort at times of tragedy.
- Christian formation opportunities led by parishioners include Bible Study on Tuesday mornings and Holy Women, Holy Men on Sundays between the services. Dinner-discussion offerings during Advent and Lent have recently focused on The New Jim Crow by M. Alexander and “How the Gospels View Jesus,” abstracted from the book Scripting Jesus by L. M. White.
- Several of our parishioners serve on the Executive Board of Forster Woods Adult Day Center or volunteer there on a weekly basis. Our outreach program is further dedicated to providing food and supplies to Haven House, a retreat shelter for homeless families located in East Lansing. Other ministries include licensed Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Morning Prayer leaders, Lay Eucharistic Visitors (who deliver the Eucharist to the residents of Burcham Hills Retirement Center in East Lansing) and Lectors. Several of our youth act as acolytes at the 10 am service each Sunday and assist in the reading of the scripture.
St. Katherine’s is a family-sized parish with 158 pledging units and an average Sunday attendance of 55. We believe that we have the ministries, participation and leadership to grow back into a pastoral-sized congregation. As we grow, a challenge may be that we cannot immediately support a full-time priest. Nevertheless, we seek an enthusiastic, energetic, imaginative, spiritual, caring and evangelistic Priest-in-Charge (who may become our next Rector) to share our vision and journey with us as we grow deeper in faith and reach into the world.
*This position could be 3/4 Time to Full Time depending on the priest’s needs and the congregation’s budget.
To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, OTM Portfolio, and two sample sermons (in any format) to:
Canon for Congregational Life
Episcopal Diocese of Michigan