John Bridge, Senior Warden
Member of Trinity Church: 32 Years
My vision for the programs and life of Trinity is to continue to build an inclusive and diverse community of faith that nourishes the spiritual needs of its members through worship opportunities.I want Trinity to continue to provide thoughtful avenues of education for children and adults alike, and maintain a position of responsibility in the Greater Indianapolis community acting as a source of outreach for those in need. This can be achieved in the next three years by building a foundation of responsible stewardship and strong leadership as Trinity continues in its time of transition.
Leigh Anne Naas, Junior Warden
Member of Trinity Church: 5 Years
Although I’m relatively new to the Episcopal tradition, I have found it to be a place of rest and healing, and of inspiration and encouragement. I love the rhythm of the church calendar, the chal- lenge of the liturgical readings, and the transcendence of the music. Those ancient words and customs speak to my soul. My vision is that Trinity will be a thriving, growing community that both shapes, and is shaped by, the world around it: the school, the neighborhood, the city of Indianapolis, and the world beyond. I want us to be united in our common purpose while retaining our unique diversity that makes us the many-gifted body of Christ. As a vestry member, I would be an ambassador to represent the choir and chorister parents, parents of young children in the church, and St. Richard’s school. And “ambassador” is how I rightly see my role as vestry member—representing the voice of the parish in decisions that affect them.
Member of Trinity Church: 2 Years
This is an exciting time for Trinity. I would like to see the church expand its outreach efforts and be- come even more visible/connected to the surround- ing neighborhood and city. We have opportunities to plan and build on existing programs (e.g., Horizon and Aspire), and to participate in local events like Indy Pride. I have loved becoming a part of the Trinity community and I welcome the opportunity to serve as a vestry member. I give thanks for how I’ve been welcomed here and I hope to provide a new perspective and insights as we move ahead.
Member of Trinity Church: 26 Years
My vision for Trinity is to build a strong congregation, with a real sense of community that enables us to reach out to others. I believe we need to bring our current physical campus up to date and insure ongoing maintenance. We need to promote those programs that have attracted people to the congregation while continuing to search and innovate ways to make the parish a viable organization for years to come, while not losing our own identity. And while searching for the next rector, we need to remember that the congregation is the Church. Many of us who have been here long enough to experience past rector changes, have held, and continue to hold, Trinity near to our hearts.
Member of Trinity Church: 2 Years
We found a warm, welcoming community of people when we started attending Trinity. The people at Trinity exemplify the values found in the Baptismal Covenant: they strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. I am excited to be a part of this community and understand the next several years are an important period of transition for this church.My vision for Trinity is that it continues to grow the outreach efforts in the Indianapolis community, continues to be a warm and welcoming place for individuals and families to worship, and continues providing excellent programs for children and youth.
Member of Trinity Church: 13 Years
We have an exciting time ahead: welcoming our new Rector and inviting in all those who a new visionary will attract. I hope to support all the opportunities to grow our cur- rent outreach ministries and find new ways to meet the future needs in our community.
Member of Trinity Church: 27 Years
Welcoming, orienting, and supporting a new Rector will be the major focus for the Vestry during the next three years. The recent Parish Profile gives an excellent description of Trinity’s strengths and struggles, of who we are and who we hope to be. The Vestry’s job will be to work with our new Rector to capitalize on our strengths to improve our programs and grow our outreach. I will use my governance experience at Trinity and St. Richard’s (an important partner for Trinity) to support the Vestry’s work with our new Rector.
Member of Trinity Church: 15 Years
At all times, I believe Trinity should continue to be a welcoming space for spiritual inquiry, development and nourishment, responding to the needs of our- selves and those around us. For the short term, it is important that as a parish and vestry we continue to prepare for a new rector, assist in the transition once that person is called, welcome the new rector in an affirming and eager manner, and continue to be supportive and meaningfully engaged as he/she learns about the special and unique ministries of Trinity.
It is equally important to openly listen to new ideas and vision presented by the rector, give constructive feedback, and work to creatively and prayerfully integrate such a vision, where appropriate, into Trinity’s life within and beyond the parish community.
Member of Trinity Church: 6 Years
As a parent of students at St. Richard’s Episcopal School, and a Trinity parishioner, it is important to me that there continues to be strong relationship between Trinity Church and St. Richard’s School, especially as both the church and the school transition to new leadership. I would like to see Trinity continue to evolve as a center of outreach into our community – maintaining the strong programs we have developed and looking for ways to fill additional needs. I think it is important that Trinity continue to be fiscally responsible and work toward reducing our reliance on the endowment to meet our financial needs.
Karen E. King
Member of Trinity Church: 34 Years
Now that our wonderful parish community is in the process of internal revitalization, we need to grow and sustain our presence in the neighborhood. Our newest ministry, childcare, can be a springboard for other outreach programs here on our campus. We also need to successfully integrate ourselves and our new rector through the transition process, as well as the new head of St. Richard’s. We need to continually look at our endowment and use it for the greater good of our community, which includes stewardship of our physical facilities and to be a good shepherd of all our resources: financial; and our parishioners’ time and talents.
I believe Trinity can and should take a larger leadership role in reducing violence near the church. As a resident and parishioner, I believe that I can serve as a bridge between the church and the organizations that are working to stop this violence. As a member of the Vestry I can make myself available to local organizations as a representative of our congregation so that those in the community can know that we are committed to serving God by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
Leigh Ann Hirschman
I look forward to helping with the great balancing act of a church: the need for careful financial stewardship and openhearted generosity; the need to care for our physical plant and the most vulnerable of our neighbors; to treasure our beautiful music, liturgy, and Anglican traditions while growing our membership and preparing for the challenges that are coming our way.
I have spent the past 6+ years helping transform ArtMix from a nonprofit on the verge of closing down to a nationally award-winning organization. This has required a great of passion and patience, and careful stewardship of limited resources. I value clear goals, teamwork, facts, prayer, and fun. I strive to daily live out our baptismal covenant, respecting the dignity of every human being I encounter.
My family and I have been member of Trinity Episcopal Church for four years and have graciously served in the Ushers and Chalice Bearers Ministries. My desire to serve on the vestry will afford me the opportunity to blend my work experience to reach out to the needy in our community especially, the disabled and also explore the possibility for Trinity to establish new partnership with the Episcopal Church of Liberia. Remember, “in Christ there’s no East or West, no North or South but one great fellowship of man throughout the whole wide world”.
It is an exciting time at Trinity Church and I am very optimistic for our future. Our current members create a warm and welcoming environment which I believe we are called to share. Having served in ministries across life’s spectrum – young and young at heart – I am particularly interested in expanding where I see a gap – young adults. As an urban church, I believe there is potential to reach out to the growing trend of those choosing to make downtown their home and would like to explore that outreach with our existing programs.
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