Resolutions

 

Courtesy Resolutions

CR-1: Commemorating the Service of the Rev. Deacon Donald H. Cady

Whereas, The Reverend Deacon Donald H. Cady, a vocational deacon of this diocese, served as the Deacon of Grace Church, Cismont, Virginia, for the past four years, from November 2014 until November 2018.

Whereas, Don Cady served as the Deacon at Emmanuel Church, Greenwood, Virginia from 2012 until 2014.

Whereas, Don Cady was ordained a vocational deacon in the Diocese of Virginia at St. Paul’s Church, Ivy, Virginia, in February 2012.

Whereas, Don Cady was a passionate volunteer for a wide variety of causes his entire adult life. He was a leader, fund-raiser and active supporter of causes ranging from youth baseball, children’s performing arts education, resource conservation and others.

Whereas, Don Cady lived his ordination and baptismal vows through his service as a volunteer for various veteran’s organizations, to include Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center, Richmond as adjunct chaplain; Grove House, Charlottesville, as mentor for veterans with PTSD; and as adjunct chaplain at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

Whereas, Don Cady lifted up the Episcopal faith tradition by serving in various parish lay ministry roles to include serving on the vestries of the Parish of Saint Matthew, Pacific Palisades, California, and Trinity Church, Upperville, Virginia, as well as serving on the Cathedral Chapter of the Washington National Cathedral. Additionally he served as a lay representative to the Executive Board of the Diocese of Virginia under Bishop Peter James Lee.

Whereas, Don Cady believed strongly in the power of education and served as a board member of the Alban Institute as well as the St. Matthew’s Parish School, Pacific Palisades, California; Centenary College, Hackettstown, New Jersey; and Stuart Hall School, Staunton, Virginia.

Whereas, Don Cady reflected Jesus’ command to “do unto others…” by his recent service on the Board of Hospice of the Piedmont and as President of Meals On Wheels, Charlottesville.

Whereas, Don Cady was instrumental in establishing the annual Grace Church Farm Tour to raise funds for parish outreach ministries as well as the Grace Church Opus 77 Capital Campaign raising funds for the new organ and church renovations.

Whereas, Don Cady counted as his most enduring ministry and service to God in the dozens of mentorship opportunities he availed himself of for personal, professional and spiritual friends and colleagues of all ages, professions and personal backgrounds.

Resolved, that this 225th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia remembers prayerfully the service of the Reverend Deacon Donald H. Cady for his faithful leadership and service and commends its prayers for his service to all.

Submitted by the Rev. G. Miles Smith and the Vestry of Grace Church, Cismont.

CR-2: Honoring the Christian Service of the Late Mr. Stephen C Wachenfeld, Parishioner of Grace Church, Walker Parish, in Cismont

Whereas, Stephen C. Wachenfeld was an active and devoted member of Grace Episcopal Church in Cismont, Virginia, for 20 years.

Whereas, to show his commitment to Grace Church, he served as Treasurer, three times as a Vestry member, Senior Warden, Lay Reader, Chalicist, Intercessor and served on many committees including head of the Interim Search Committee and the Food Closet.

Whereas, he donated his time, insight and intelligence to the Diocese of Virginia as a member and president of the Executive Board, a member of the Standing Committee and as an integral part of the Regional reorganization process.

Whereas, he devoted over 7 years as president of the Charlottesville Region in the Diocese of Virginia which thrived under his leadership.

Whereas, Stephen fulfilled his baptismal covenant to proclaim through word and example the Good News of God in the Charlottesville Region where he represented Grace Church and the Diocese with honor, insight and integrity.

Resolved, that this 225th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia joins with the clergy, laity and staff of Grace Church, Cismont, and the Charlottesville Region in honoring the Christian service of Stephen C. Wachenfeld.

Submitted by the Rev. G. Miles Smith and the Vestry of Grace Church, Cismont.

CR-3: 250th Anniversary of the Episcopal Church of Leeds Parish, Markham

Whereas, Leeds Parish, covering much of Northern and Central Fauquier County, was established in 1769 by action of the Virginia House of Burgesses and has been in continuous existence since then. The name of the new parish was taken from Leeds Castle in England, the birthplace of Lord Fairfax, whose colonial estates encompassed most of the new Church of England (Anglican) parish. Formal ratification of the parish occurred in December of 1769, and worship services began immediately. The Episcopal Church of Leeds Parish has affirmed our baptismal covenant by proclaiming through word and example the Good News of God in Jesus Christ both in Markham and Hume as well as surrounding communities; and

Whereas, for 250 years The Episcopal Church of Leeds Parish has sought to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving neighbors as itself; and has striven for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being; and

Whereas, “We are a historic Christian community that joyfully praises God, welcomes all seekers, and steadfastly proclaims the love of Jesus Christ;” now therefore be it 

Resolved, that this 225th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia joins with the clergy, laity and staff of the Diocese of Virginia, of Northern Piedmont Region, and the entire Markham-Hume and Fauquier County communities in congratulating and celebrating this milestone of achievement by the Vestry and congregation of The Episcopal Church of Leeds Parish, Markham, Virginia.

Submitted by the Rev. Katherine S. Bryant, Priest-in-Charge and the Vestry of Leeds, Markham

Background:

In its early years, the Leeds Parish worship services were held in private homes and a number of wooden church buildings. In 1842, the present church sanctuary was built of brick and stucco in the early Gothic revival style, and was consecrated by Bishop William Meade. The church continually met the spiritual needs of the Hume-Markham community in western Fauquier County, Virginia, and

  1. endeavors to affirm the reconciling Gospel of Jesus Christ in both word and deed by providing a ministry of worship and fellowship for our parish family, neighbors and visitors;
  2. nourishes those in need by supplying life-essential support through the Western Fauquier Christian Ministry with volunteers and food in-gatherings like Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Food Baskets to serve and share with those who have little or none; and providing quality of life enhancements for children through backpack and school supplies collections, Carol’s Christmas, and Operation Christmas Child ministries;
  3. Practices a truly ecumenical spirit, providing a place to worship for Christians of other denominations as well as Episcopalians;
  4. Serves as a center of Christian-based learning by holding an ecumenical Sunday School and providing free school educational facilities for the Leeds Episcopal Activity Preschool (LEAP);
  5. Sustains both domestic and international missions, including the Guatemala Youth Initiative, St. Marc’s Trade School in Trouin, Haiti, and St. James School in Philadelphia;
  6. Offers its facilities for use by numerous outside service and wellness organizations, including Alcoholics Anonymous; Leeds Ruritan Club, and Hume Homemakers.

Convention would be advised to recognize and congratulate The Episcopal Church of Leeds Parish for its past and ongoing accomplishments while celebrating its most recent milestone.

CR-4: Recognizing the Ministry of The Reverend Robert Hiller Malm

Whereas, the Reverend Robert Hiller Malm, a priest in the Diocese of Virginia, completed thirty years of ministry as the Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Alexandria, and retired from that ministry on September 29, 2019; and

Whereas, the Reverend Robert Hiller Malm, was ordained to the diaconate in 1977, to the priesthood in 1978 and served as Assistant at St. Mary’s Church, High Point, North Carolina until 1979, as Chaplain at the Blue Ridge School, St. George, Virginia until 1980, as Assistant at The Church of the Advent, Boston, Massachusetts from 1980 until 1983, and as Rector, Christ Church, Portsmouth, New Hampshire from 1983 until 1989; and

Whereas, the Reverend Robert Hiller Malm was called to serve as Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Virginia in June of 1989; and

Whereas, through Father Malm’s guidance and leadership, Grace Episcopal Church discerned itself to be A Center for Worship and Fellowship, A School for Discipleship and Stewardship; and A Community for Healing and Outreach, and lives out its mission through regular participation in the Eucharist and the practice of our baptismal promises; and

Whereas, Father Malm has lived into Grace Episcopal Church’s mission as A School for Discipleship and Stewardship through his active support and encouragement of the involvement and participation of the laity in every mission and ministry of Grace Episcopal Church; and

Whereas, Father Malm has lived into Grace Episcopal Church’s mission as A Center for Worship and Fellowship by supporting, encouraging, and facilitating a robust traditional High-Church worship program including five celebrations of the Holy Eucharist on Sundays – one which is in Spanish for our Spanish-speaking congregation, three celebrations of the Holy Eucharist during the week, daily Morning Prayer worship services for clergy and assistants, a very active and strong music program led by a fulltime music director, and  featuring adult and boys and girls choirs and a bell choir; and

Whereas, Father Malm has further lived into Grace Episcopal Church’s mission as A School for Discipleship through his steadfast dedication to the support and encouragement of many Grace Episcopal Church congregants in the discernment and pursuit of their call to ordained ministry; and

Whereas, Father Malm further lived into Grace Episcopal Church’s mission as A School for Discipleship through his unwavering support for the development, education, and training of many seminarians by providing encouragement, mentorship, guidance, liturgical experiences, and supervision; and

Whereas, Father Malm further lived into Grace Episcopal Church’s mission as A School for Discipleship through his support of the ministry of all the associate and assistant rectors who were called by Grace Episcopal Church during his tenure and by provided exceptional leadership, encouragement, training, mentorship, and  liturgical leadership experiences and opportunities; and

Whereas, Father Malm has further lived into Grace Episcopal Church’s mission as A Center for Worship and Fellowship and A School for Discipleship by proclaiming the Gospel through his insightful and gifted preaching, providing the hearer with roadmaps for discipleship and offering insights into practical ways through which our Lord’s messages can be applied to daily living; and

Whereas, Father Malm has lived into and exemplified Grace Episcopal Church’s mission as A Community for Healing and Outreach, through his compassionate pastoral care and support to parishioners who are troubled, sick, homebound, and/or grieving the loss of a loved-one; and

Whereas, Father Malm has further lived into Grace Episcopal Church’s mission as A School for Discipleship and Stewardship through his support of Grace Episcopal Church’s 1993 capital campaign and building program that significantly renovated, increased and upgraded the educational and program infrastructure of church, made all areas of the church handicapped accessible, and preserved and enhanced its traditional worship spaces, and the 2008 Grace Anew capital campaign that further improved the education building infrastructure and enhanced the beauty of our worship space and the vitality of the music program by the remodeling and expansion of  the choir loft and commissioning of a new, expanded pipe organ; and,

Whereas, Father Malm has continued to support improvements in the building and grounds infrastructure of Grace Episcopal Church and Grace Episcopal School through cooperative programs for shared maintenance and development of facility and infrastructure upgrades, including completion of an amphitheater, heating and ventilation system replacement, and installation of an upgraded, integrated information systems network throughout the building.

Whereas, Father Malm has actively supported the growth and continued development of Grace Episcopal Church’s programs for youth including Nursery School, Children’s Chapel and Godly Play, Sunday School, Rite 13, Journey to Adulthood, Episcopal Youth in Community, and Vacation Bible School, which provide rich learning and experiential mission opportunities for the parish’s children and youth; and

Whereas, Father Malm has provided leadership in fostering a close working relationship between the Grace Episcopal Church congregation and Grace Episcopal School, served as the Chaplain of Grace Episcopal School, and in that role, has actively supported the Christian education of the student body by teaching weekly religion classes and leading weekly chapel services; and

Whereas, Father Malm has helped Grace Church to be blessed by God and a blessing in the lives of others through his support and encouragement of mission trips by Grace Church youth and adult supervisors to help repair homes in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; in Cedar Falls, Iowa, following a severe Mississippi River flood; in depressed areas of southwest Virginia; in Scottsboro, Alabama, after severe hurricanes; and in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, after Hurricane Sandy; and

Whereas, Father Malm has further helped Grace Church to be blessed by God and a blessing in the lives of others through his support and encouragement of international mission trips by Grace Church parishioners to destinations around the globe, including Tanzania, Honduras, and Haiti to – in the manner described by Episcopal Relief and Development – help save lives and strengthen communities around the world; and

Whereas, Father Malm has contributed to the leadership of the Diocese of Virginia by serving as a member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Virginia, and as Dean of the Alexandria Region; and 

Whereas, Father Malm has further lived into Grace Episcopal Church’s mission as A Community for Healing and Outreach, by encouraging and fostering an inclusive environment at Grace Episcopal Church that is welcoming to all people regardless of their race, ethnicity, cultural background, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; and

Whereas, Father Malm nurtures, fosters, and encourages the expression of joy and the spirit of Christian Community as exemplified by the spirit that abounds during Grace Church’s annual parish weekend at Shine Mont; and

Whereas, the Congregation of Grace Episcopal Church will miss him greatly, but celebrates with gratitude the impact he has made on our church worship and community, and the wonderful legacy he has left at Grace Episcopal Church; and

Now, be it therefore resolved, that the 225th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia thanks the Reverend Robert Hiller Malm for his faithful leadership and service, and commends its prayers for continued service to all; and

Be it further resolved, that a copy of this resolution be provided to the Reverend Robert H. Malm and that it be recorded in the minutes of the 225th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Virginia.

Submitted on behalf of the congregation of Grace Episcopal Church by the Vestry, Wardens, Delegates to the 225th Annual Convention, and the Reverend Jason Roberson, Associate Rector.