Rev. Kate Harmon Siberine
With great excitement the vestry at Grace has called REV. KATE HARMON SIBERINE as our new priest. Rev Kate will be joining us on August 18, 2019. Please join us that Sunday as we welcome her with a special coffee Hour after the 9:30 service..
The Rev. Kate Harmon Siberine grew up in New Providence, NJ, where she fell in love with God on the banks of the Passaic River and in the liturgy and community of the local Episcopal church. After studying history and religion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she joined the Julian Year, an Episcopal Service Corps program in Chicago, dedicated to living simply in intentional community and served as the volunteer manager at a homeless shelter and as a chaplain intern at Bishop Anderson House, an agency that provides pastoral care to medical centers and nursing homes in Cook County. While a student at Virginia Theological Seminary, she focused on preaching, theology, mission, and Christian formation, writing a master’s thesis on youth confirmation while assisting as seminarian at Church of the Ascension in Gaithersburg, MD.
She was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Chicago in July of 2016 and served as a hospital chaplain resident in surgical oncology and in-patient behavioral health at Providence Portland Medical Center and as Priest Associate at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon. For the last two years, Kate has ministered in the Diocese of New Hampshire as the Curate of Church of the Good Shepherd in Nashua, focusing on Christian formation, pastoral care, and community outreach.
In addition to the joy she finds in her ministry, Kate also has a great deal of fun while hiking, practicing Irish dance, and growing way too many tomatoes and is supported both in work and play by her fantastic husband Zac, the Vicar of St. Christopher’s in Hampstead.
She is thrilled to serve with the people of Grace as their Rector, helping people of all ages claim their own discipleship, gathering together for worship, and proclaiming the Good News of God’s presence in our midst through caring for one another and in outreach in the community. In her time discerning with the Search Committee and Vestry, she has loved getting to know Grace as a community where each person is known by name, celebrated for their gifts, and supported in their ministry. The people of Grace are in her prayers and she and can’t wait until August 18 to meet everyone!
Rev. Shawn La France, Deacon
Shawn joined Grace following his ordination in the fall of 2017 and will assist the parish as we begin the process of calling a new rector.
Keith Belanger, Music Minister
The Vestry meets on the third Sunday of each month at 11 a.m. They pray together and provide leadership and service for the church’s finances, ministries and spiritual direction. Currently, its members and officers are:
- Audrey Rose, Senior Warden
- Joel Smith, Junior Warden
- Sharon Billingsley, Treasurer
- Linda MacDow, Clerk
- Sharon Monroe
- Linda Regan
- Kathleen Rooney
- Bill Carr
Vestry Expectations and Covenant Statement of Grace Episcopal Church:
As a member of the vestry, I am fully committed to the vision, mission and ministry of Christ through Grace Church. I understand that:
1. I commit myself to a discipline of worship, study and personal spiritual growth. I will be regular in my attendance at worship (present at least more Sundays than not). I will involve myself in some form of ongoing spiritual formation by regularly attending at least one class or small group.
2. Part of my spiritual formation is good stewardship of the resources God has given to me. I will make a timely pledge of financial support to my parish which reflects my commitment to God and to my parish.
3. The vestry is responsible for making sure we have the necessary funds to meet our parish’s mission and work. I will actively engage in raising the financial resources necessary for our mission and ministry in whatever ways are best suited for me and most effectively serve the purposes of Christ at Grace Church.
4. I take responsibility to be engaged with my church– our mission and ministry and our vision for the future. This includes attending special functions and feast day liturgies when possible and reading all church publications and mailings.
5. I will support the staff and volunteers, encouraging them to grow professionally and personally. I will be prepared to assist them in any appropriate ways.
6. I will be an enthusiastic booster, a positive advocate for the parish. If I have concerns, I will raise them in an appropriate venue. I will seek to be a part of the solution for any problems that we face.
7. I will attend vestry meetings, unless excused, be available for phone consultation, and serve in at least one ministry.
8. With other vestry members I will make prayer part of all vestry meetings.
8. I will consider my service in the parish to be my one of my highest priorities after my family and my job/vocation.
9. I recognize that the vestry and rector are responsible for Grace’s future. I will participate in strategic planning and other means of planning and providing for our future.
In signing this document, I understand that every Vestry member makes a statement of faith to be a partner with every other Vestry member to strive for the success of Christ’s mission at Grace Church. We trust each other to carry out the above agreements to the best of our ability.
(Signature)___________________________________ Date ___________ Vestry
These delegates are elected annually to represent our members at the diocesan (state-wide) Fall Convention where they vote on budget and policy decisions. This year, our delegates are:
- Audrey Rose
- Chris Potter
- George Swenson
- Joe Rose, alternate
- Margaret Perry