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Update on Merger Exploration and Relevant Dates
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April 10, 2007


As you all know, St. Monica’s, our near neighbor on the Hill, has approached us and asked that we explore merging our two parishes to form a new community.  Two Saturdays ago, on March 31st, a meeting with St. James’ and St Monica’s parishioners was held in St. James’ Upper Parish Hall to discuss a merger exploration, including worshipping in each other’s space to get to know each other better.  Following this meeting we and the Vestry received numerous questions about a merger and what merging with St. Monica’s might mean for St. James’.  We heard your desire to discuss reactions to St. Monica’s proposal to explore merger possibilities.
 
As previously scheduled, we had originally thought we would begin sharing worship between the two parishes on Sunday, April 15th.  However, based on your comments and concerns, we agree that it is better to postpone the alternating worship.  We believe that the entire community needs an opportunity to discuss further the exploration of the merger possibility.  We have scheduled two parish-wide meetings on Wednesday, April 25th, from 7-9 pm, and on Sunday, May 13th, after coffee hour from 12-2 pm.  These meetings will be used to describe an exploration process and for us to consider carefully how a merger might impact St. James’.  We hope you can all join us for these meetings as we chart a course together for St. James’ future.
 
The Lord be with you.
 
Father Downing
Ryan N. Terry, Sr. Warden
Brion Cook, Jr. Warden
 
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