It was a beautiful, sunny summer day in Georgia when the Mark Emory Graham Chapter (Diocese of Atlanta) of the Vergers’ Guild of the Episcopal Church met for their Summer Assembly. The event was hosted by the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit in Cumming. 27 enthusiastic Vergers were present including 8 new dues paying members.
After a meet and greet session with coffee and pastries, we joined together for Eucharist. The Right Reverend Keith B. Whitmore, Assistant Bishop of Atlanta, was Celebrant and Preacher. Bishop Whitmore was assisted by The Reverend Keith Oglesby, Rector of Holy Spirit.
Following the Eucharist, the Bishop met informally in dialog with the Assembly answering questions and providing background information on how many of the traditions and customs of the Episcopal Church evolved.
Scott Smith, President of the Vergers’ Guild of the Episcopal Church (VGEC) gave a report on the operation of the Guild and all the progress that is being made to grow the ministry of the Verger throughout the United States. One important announcement was that the tuition fee has been lowered for those wishing to take the Guild’s Verger Training Class. One MEG Chapter option is to take advantage of this offer and offer group training for the Vergers of Atlanta.
A delicious lunch was provided by the women and men of Holy Spirit (Dan Krogh, Bert Printz, Cheryl Howell and Sharron Linsley). The business meeting began with retiring Chair, Chad Cartwright, reporting the activities of the Chapter during his two year term.
Elections were held for the Board of Directors 2014-2016. Elected were the following:
Chair Lorie Tola St. Patrick’s
Vice Chair David Neville St. Simon’s
Secretary Phillip Knight St. Teresa's
Treasurer Karl Sachsenmaier Cathedral of St. Phillip
Training Paul Davison St. Christopher's
Communications Chuck Dale St. Augustine’s
The highlight of the Assembly was the blessing by Bishop Whitmore of the new Diocesan Verger Standard Customary and Verger Standard Customary for a Bishop’s Visit. Special copies were distributed to those in attendance. The Customaries were received with great excitement. The Customaries will be posted to the Mark Emory Graham Chapter Web Site and be available to all those that wish to take advantage of this resource.