Our Annual Meeting is coming up soon! Join us Sunday, February 2, for a wonderful gathering, beginning with a combined service of Holy Eucharist at 10am. We will then take a quick break before starting the business portion of our meeting. There will be a nursery, pizza, and kid friendly activities during the meeting. Following the meeting we will gather for food in the courtyard.
Everyone is encouraged to attend as we will need your votes for new Vestry members and a new Senior Warden but even more importantly, it will be a wonderful time of celebrating together what God has been doing in our midst over the past year.
Can you help with the food? If you are willing to help provide a sweet or a savory dish for the food, please contact Ann Prochazka at email@example.com and let her know what you would like to bring.
Who are the Candidates? Make sure to take a look at their biographies below. Nominations are also accepted from the floor.
CANDIDATES FOR VESTRY
Dr. Andrew Alwine
I am a cradle Episcopalian, born and baptized in Sewanee, TN. I followed my father, an Episcopal priest ordained on Epiphany 1987 and a model of godliness, to various parishes in Texas, South Carolina (including St. Michael’s in Charleston), and Tennessee. After graduating from Baylor University, I asked Megan Forehand for her hand in marriage, and she surprisingly said “yes.” What followed was four lovely daughters over the course of the next eight years. After living in Gainesville, FL and Winston-Salem, NC, we moved to Charleston in May of 2012 and visited several Episcopal churches in the area before settling on the Cathedral in July. Since then we have reveled in the spiritual depth of the loving spirits who attend the Cathedral at her three services. Megan, Elizabeth (our oldest daughter), and I are all involved in community groups, which have proven an unmitigated blessing upon our entire family. I look forward to the opportunity to participate in the lay leadership of this church, whose mission must be to support and encourage our rector and clerical staff.
Courtnay Thompson Looney
I have been attending the Cathedral now for a little more than three years. As a North Carolina native, I was an active member of the Presbyterian Church. After moving to Charleston and searching for a new church home, I quickly felt God’s love calling me from the Cathedral. I was confirmed by Bishop Lawrence Easter of 2012, alongside my wonderful husband of six years, Jason Looney. Since being confirmed and joining the Cathedral, I have served as a greeter, attend the Tuesday night Community Group and currently hold the role of Secretary of the Vestry. As a member of the Vestry, I hope and pray that I might introduce fresh ideas to further our vision and mission of “Being the Heart of God for the Heart of Charleston,” as well as expanding our reach so that others may receive God’s love and the Cathedral’s unique, warm welcome.
I was born and raised in West Ashley, Charleston. I have been married to my wife Marenda for 37 yrs, and we have one son, Brandon, and two grandchildren, Victoria and Michael. I am currently retired, but spent my professional career working in radiography, mostly at MUSC and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. I was baptized Ashley River Baptist Church in 1967, and confirmed at the Cathedral in 2005. Since then I have served in a number of ways at the Cathedral, including as an Usher/Greeter at the 8:00am service, a one year Vestry tenure, and as a church Office volunteer during the week. I am currently in a Community Group and am always willing to serve however I am needed.
CANDIDATES FOR SENIOR WARDEN
I grew up in Charleston and have an Anglican heritage. Some years ago I played for a season in the contemporary service praise band at The Cathedral. One fall I felt called from my former church to the Cathedral where I quickly found a new home in a loving and growing community. I played percussion in the contemporary music worship service, and am now active in the healing prayer ministry and am in the later part of the second term on the vestry. My wife and I have been married 33 years and love to travel together. I have an engaged 27 year old son, an old dog, I hunt migratory birds, and love prayer and Jesus. The Lord equips those whom he calls, and enables us in His strength, which is my fervent prayer request of you all as we jointly move into a new season of ministries together at the wonderful Cathedral of St. Luke and St Paul.
Elections will be held for these positions, as well as for delegates for Diocesan Convention, at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 2.