Important Letter from the Senior Warden and Priest in Partnership


Saint James’ Episcopal Church

P.O. Box 25, Arlington, Vermont  05250 • Telephone (802) 375-9952


February 11, 2019

 Dear Friends in Christ,

 This past Sunday, February 10, John shared with the St. James’ community his intention to resign as priest-in-partnership on April 30, 2019, following the 2nd Sunday of Eastertide, April 28. He had previously talked with the vestry about this at its retreat on Monday, February 4. We all know that John and Adele have been planning a move to a Continuing Care Retirement Community for several years. Now Collington, the community of their choice in Mitchelville MD, has offered them a cottage with the floor plan and size they were seeking, and they have accepted. It will be renovated by mid-April, but they are delaying their departure until the end of April so that John can serve St. James’ through Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Their move will take place in early May.

 In a post-retreat email to the vestry, John said, “[These decisions] are difficult for us, because of our love for you and St. James’ Church, and because of the wonderful support you have offered in my service to you as your priest. But we know the decision to move to Collington is the right one for us, and we are glad that this time of waiting is coming to an end.”

The vestry discussed the implications of the Millers’ departure at the retreat, and made preliminary plans going forward. Mike Wisniewski, our new Senior Warden, attended the retreat via a Zoom internet connection, and has since had further conversation with our facilitator that day, Canon Lynn Bates, Canon to the Ordinary and Diocesan Transition Minister. Lynn is advising about clergy coverage after April 30, as well as the progress of St. James’ search for long-term clergy leadership. The vestry and vestry officers are prepared to assume day-to-day leadership of the parish after John’s tenure concludes. They are in the process of adopting a revamped organizational structure to enhance the action links between parish ministry groups and the vestry.

 We ask your prayers and support for the vestry, for Adele and John in this new phase of their life, and for the St. James’ Church community of faith.

 Warmly in our Lord,                     

  Michael Wisniewski                                                    John M. Miller, Jr.                  

Senior Warden                                                            Priest-in-Partnership