Medina Journal-Register — St. John’s Church of Medina marked 185 years as an Episcopal parish when it held its annual meeting of laity on Jan. 26 for electing officers and entering 2014. Two wardens of the church vestry, Cynthia Kiebala and Georgette Stockman, were returned to office along with vestry members Shirley Whittleton, Veronica Barhite and Patricia Worrad. Arden Dick was inscribed on the emeritus roll for vestry.The meeting focused on three renovation and repair projects, facing the fact that “St. John’s is a part of Medina’s very early pioneer history.” Two former vestrymen, Roland C. Howell and Robert Waters, joined the discussion led by the wardens. Kiebala reported plans for interior painting and plaster replacement.
Stockman highlighted the ongoing project to keep a dozen very old stained glass windows in safe repair. It was acknowledged that the valuable windows constantly need inspection and work. They have connections with some of Medina’s most notable families of early times.
“Membership in the Sandstone Society has taught me just how much this community values St. John’s as a focal point of local history,” Waters said.
In other parts of the annual meeting Mary Boyle discussed work of the altar guild, plans were advanced for Lenten study and a report was given on meetings with the Rev. Barbara Price and with St. James Church in Batavia. Another report detailed the 2013 sale of the former church rectory on Park Avenue.
The Rev. Nancy Guenther, vicar, led prayers and made a brief report. “Our aging building continually calls to us for upkeep and I believe there is a strong discipline of stewardship present.” She also called for continual dialogue with other churches. She cited the charity of St. John’s Closet and the Ministry of Concern.