The Vestry is an elected body of parishioners, and serves as the corporation of the Church. In Episcopal polity, the Vestry serves the fiduciary interests of the parish. The Vestry makes financial decisions, maintains the property, sets the by-laws of the parish and, with the Bishop’s approval, calls the rector of the parish. Advent’s Vestry consists of nine members, elected in three classes of three to serve three year terms. The Vestry meets on the second Monday of every month at 7:10 pm. Meetings open with Evening Prayer. All Vestry meetings are open to all members of Advent.
Three times a year (April, July and October), the Vestry meets “Not As Usual.” Instead of conducting the business of approving minutes, financial statements and the like, the Vestry presents a discussion on a topic of interest to the parish. These meetings begin at 6:00 pm with a simple supper which the Vestry prepares for the congregation. Everyone is encouraged to attend “Vestry Not As Usual” meetings.