The Annual Parish Meeting will begin following the 8:00 a.m. service and will reconvene after the closing hymn of the 10:30 a.m. service. During the meeting there will be some reports given by various Committee members and the Jr. and Sr. Wardens, Gardy Wilson and Barbara Pierce, respectively. We will look at the financials to show how Our Saviour ended the year in 2013 and then look at the Provisional Budget for 2014. All members are encouraged to attend the meeting following the 8:00 a.m. service or the meeting at the end of the 10:30 a.m. service.
Here are the biographies of those people who have accepted the nomination to the Vestry for the Class of 2016:
Melanie Myers Hurst
My name is Melanie Myers Hurst and I have been a member of the Church of Our Savior for 53 years. I have been married to Chuck Hurst for 27 years. He was baptized in the church in 1986 and serves as an Eucharist minister and Lector. My son, Joshua, is 25 years old and he is also a lifetime member of the church. My daughter, Anna Marie, was a lifetime member until her death in December 2012. I graduated from Northwestern High School in 1978 and York Technical College in 1980 with an Associate degree is Business. My sister Rebecca and I have worked together since 1980 at Myers Insurance Agency, which our mother Katherine Myers started in 1965.
This is my first time running for the Vestry. I feel I need to give back to the church, which has helped me through my entire life. Without the church and our church family I could not have made it through the past year. I have served as an usher and greeter and recently joined the Altar Guild.
Thank you very much for your consideration.
In 2012, I volunteered in the Rolling in Rock Hill program. I found a great sense of unity and joy from everyone on our project by reaching out to those in need. So much in fact that in 2013, I volunteered to be the ECOOS coordinator for this community project and will continue to coordinate on this Outreach project.
Cathy and I have been married for 23 years. We moved to the Rock Hill area in 2004. I am a District Sales Manager for Applied Maintenance Supplies and Solutions, a distributor of maintenance products.
Cathy and I are the proud parents of 4 young adults, Amanda, Megan, Matthew and Joseph with one grandson, Mason (Amanda) and soon a granddaughter, Lilly (Megan).
I look forward to working with the Vestry members to promote and support our current congregation and potential new members at Our Saviour.
I have been a member of Our Savior for four years and have enjoyed getting to know everyone. Before my transfer to Our Savior, I was a member of St. Paul’s Church in Fort Mill for 27 years. During my time at St. Paul’s I served on the Vestry, Building Committee, Choir and as Senior Warden.
In the Diocese, I have served on the Cursillo Council for four years, two as President, past Chairman of the Board for the Bishop Gravatt Camp and Conference Center, and currently a member of the Diocese Executive Council.
In my professional life, I was President of EW Process for 23 years. I have just retired to concentrate on Education Equals Hope, a non-profit that I started with Cameron Graham Vivanco, a missionary from our Diocese. We provide education scholarships for children in desperate and difficult places. Currently, we are working in Ecuador, Haiti and Uganda.
Cathie and I have been married for 32 years and have two adult daughters who are teachers living in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Bryan Townsend grew up in Rocky Mount and attended Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The Townsend family has attended ECOOS regularly since 2004. Ann Walton and Bryan have two boys who have grown up in the church, Braxton (7) and James (5). During our time here we have participated and served in various capacities. Bryan has been employed by York County to coordinate GIS since 2001 as technology evangelist and streamlining processes to help staff serve citizens more efficiently.
Following the Annual Parish meeting, we will be holding our Annual Chili Cook-Off. Some of our parishioners have entered into the contest to see if their chili will be voted the best! This is a fun event and you are invited to attend the Cook-Off. Tickets will be available at the door. The money raised will be used to pay down the debt. Come out and enjoy some great homemade chili and find out who the winner will be!