The Rector retired on March 15 after 8 years with St. Martha’s. She was denied a final service by the Declaration of a State of Emergency by the Governor on the evening following the Rector’s farewell luncheon. The church has been closed to worship and all activities since March 13. However, we have offered an online service since early May and are planning to open in September with restrictions. Pastoral care and outreach continue without interruption.
The Vestry appointed a Search Committee which held its first meeting on April 27, 2020. The committee members are Clem Edgar, Alice Anne Freund, Sharon Korody, David Moore, Sue Proska, John Short and Tempe Steen. Please click here for bios. The committee meets every other Monday in the late afternoon by Zoom.
The Search Committee conducted a survey using the methodology of Holy Cow!, a firm that prepares and evaluates data for churches for various uses, most prominently, searches for new clergy. The survey was sent to all the members and interested persons of St. Martha’s based on the current Directory, including names gathered from stewardship and visitor records. The survey was made available on June 22 and closed on July 9. 145 responses were received. The next step is to receive the data results from Holy Cow! and share with the congregation.
The Search Committee participated, via Zoom, in an Anti-Bias workshop entitled “Calling a New Priest: Eyes Wide Open.” This workshop was presented by The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
AUGUST: Holy Cow! survey results and report
AUGUST SEPTEMBER: Develop Rector Search page on St. Martha’s website
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER: Develop Community Ministry Portfolio and Clergy Compensation Package with Rev. Canon Martha Kirkpatrick
NOVEMBER: Collect applications and select approximately one dozen candidates
DECEMBER: Identify four final applicants
FEBRUARY 2021: Candidate visits to Bethany Beach
APRIL 2021: Send chosen candidate to vestry
MAY 2021: Prepare Search Committee Report for the next Rector Search Team