February 3, 2019 St. James’ Annual Meeting
The St. James’ Episcopal Church will hold its 203rd Annual Meeting
on Sunday, February 3, 2019 immediately following the 10:45 am service.
The State of the Parish and the 2019 Budget will be presented.
Warden and Vestry positions will be voted upon.
 
The Vestry Slate being presented is: Jr Warden – Colleen Gannon
Members for 3 year term – Cathy Buck, Erica Olson-Bang, Cathy Valentine
 
Colleen Gannon
My name is Colleen Gannon, and I have been attending St. James church since 2002.  I grew up here in Skaneateles and was raised Catholic.  Jean and I were both looking for a church we could call home and instantly found it the first time we attended a service at St. James.  Feeling the warmth, friendliness, and welcoming love, we knew we had a place where we could raise our family.  We currently reside in Marcellus with our daughters, Deanna (Dani) and Kelly. We feel truly blessed that they will grow up knowing this wonderful church family we have.
After serving 4 years on the vestry, I am pleased to be serving as the senior warden and chair of the finance committee this year.  I am currently on the church building committee in support of the capital campaign, serve as a chalice bearer and usher with my family at the 10:45 service and every year I help with the jumble sale.  In the past, I served on the search committee that brought Becky to us. In 2013 I traveled to El Salvador on a Habitat mission with several other members of St. James.
I am currently a senior mechanical engineer for Honeywell in Skaneateles Falls and an adjunct professor at Lemoyne College, teaching a 3D CAD J-mester course each year.  I have an AAS from Cayuga Community College and BSME (summa cum laude) from Syracuse University.
When I am not working or being a chauffeur for my children, I enjoy spending time outdoors hiking, hunting, fishing and camping.  I enjoy watching NASCAR with my family and attend a couple of races every year.   I occasionally volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and really enjoy building & construction projects.  We have a modest size garden that I pretend to keep weed free and love to share our extras on the giving table. 
As a warden, I will continue to support the mission of St. James and help the church to grow and prosper while always staying focused on God and His will.
 
 

Cathy Buck 

My name is Cathy Buck, and my husband Andy and I have been attending St. James’ since spring of 2015. I grew up on a dairy farm in Gilbertsville, NY where I learned about the love of Jesus at my Presbyterian Church home. During my teen years, I taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and learned to play the church organ.
Andy and I live on a beef cattle farm near the hamlet of Owasco, where we have resided for 28 years. Our four children, Carrie, Mary, Joseph and Lyda are all spread out. Carrie is married and lives with her husband Craig Feyerabend in Vestal, NY; Mary is pursuing a masters’ degree in speech pathology at Nazareth (Rochester); Joseph is in his fourth year as a Mechanical Engineering Major at RIT (Rochester); and Lyda is a Senior at Skaneateles and has been accepted to Cornell in the fall.
We have truly enjoyed being part of the St James’ family; and Lyda feels at home worshipping and singing praise songs at the 10:45 service. I enjoy reading scripture and prayers at this service, as well as serving as chalice bearer and ushering with my family. I am happy that I was able to help initiate the inter-service brunches that have helped to give our members a time to be fed, unwind and converse.
In 2018, I was blessed to be a member of the Learning Communities Initiative team for St. James’; and I am a member of the current Stephen’s Ministry Class, which will be commissioned at the 10:45 service on January 27th. I also had the privilege of facilitating a class on the Beatitudes this past fall.
I have been overjoyed to be able to participate in various Rescue Mission projects, events and trips, since St. James’ partnership formed in the spring and summer of 2017. It has been an honor and a pleasure to get to know the families at Merriman Circle and to volunteer alongside my friends at St James’.
I am currently a substitute teacher at Skaneateles schools, where I enjoy working with the students of all ages. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Cornell University.
I am also a long-standing Board member of the Owasco Zoning Board of Appeals, and a Board member of the Skaneateles Music Guild. In my spare time, I love to hike, bike, camp, read, and write poems and lyrics. I find great pleasure in working with and teaching young children – I even led a children’s choir for 5 years at my previous church. I am a movie buff, and especially like stories based on real life; enjoy hosting friends and family; and spend most of my time outdoors (preferably by the water) in the summer months.
As a member of the vestry, I will uphold the mission of St. James’, share the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, and continue to work diligently for the greater good of the congregation, in accordance with God’s Holy will.
 
 
Erica Olson-Bang

Erica Olson-Bang & Family

My husband, Dan, and I have attended St. James for a little over two years. We had relocated to Camillus from the NYC area about a year before, and, after visiting a number of Episcopal Churches in the Syracuse area, we landed at St. James, drawn in particular by the warmth of the leadership here. I grew up as a church planter’s kid in the Evangelical Covenant Church, bouncing around from Minnesota to Wisconsin to Florida to California, and later chose to study theology as a young adult (like my father and grandfather). It was while I was working on my PhD in Theology at Fordham University that I started attending Episcopal churches (in 2007) and met Dan (in 2009). We married two years later at our home parish at the time, Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, which I attended for 6 years, Dan for longer. After graduating from Fordham, I was a professor of Religious Studies at the College of New Rochelle, in New Rochelle, NY, for five years (from 2012 to 2017). During which time, Dan took a position at SU, and we relocated to Central New York. We had our daughter Anna (3) shortly after, and our second daughter Miriam this summer (7 months). Currently, I’m staying home with our girls, and when I get any free time from/with our girls, I also enjoy photography, cooking, biking, hiking, and reading. At St. James, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to attend and offer adult formation classes, and most of the rest of the time you can find me chasing down my daughters at the back of the church.
 
Cathy Valentine
My name is Cathy Valentine. I was baptized at Christ Episcopal Church in Jordan and confirmed at St. Patrick’s church in Jordan. I am married to Russell and have 3 grown children, Jennifer, Elizabeth and Michael. My mother passed away in 2012 and I was searching for a church that I felt comfortable with, aligned with my own Christian beliefs and I could call home. I had attended a couple of churches in Jordan, Skaneateles and Camillus. I did not feel real welcome and they did not match with what I was looking for. When I attended St. James and Becky said “All are welcome to the Lord’s table…”, I felt that was what I was looking for. Also, during the peace everyone was so welcoming and friendly. You can feel God’s presence during every outside service. I received my Associate’s degree in nursing in 1983 and my Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Upstate University in 2006. I have been an RN for 35 years most recently as an administrative nursing supervisor at Upstate University Hospital. I went out on disability retirement in June 2018 and felt very lost. My whole life has been helping and serving people. I am currently in the Stephen Ministry training and soon will be starting the volunteer training for hospice. I realized that my salvation was in St. James ministries. My vision for a church is to be welcoming to everyone regardless of age, gender, sexuality, or financial status. In addition, I like the idea of reaching out to all the many people that are in need of resources, an ear to listen or assistance in any way. I look forward to assisting St. James to continue with their mission.
 
 
 
 
In addition to nominations by the Nominating Committee, nominations may be made by written petition of fifteen (15) “members in good standing”*as defined by St. James’ By-Laws (see below) The petition must also be signed by the Nominee. Nominations by petition shall be submitted to the Chair of the Nominating Committee (Carolyn Legg) at least twenty-one (21) days prior to the Annual Meeting, but not more than thirty (30) days prior. (Accordingly, the dates for submitting nominations by petition for 2019 are January 4 – 13.)
*Definition of Members in Good Standing: Any member of the congregation above the age of eighteen (18) years provided that such person shall be a stated worshiper in the Church, that such person should be an active Communicant of this Parish (receives Communion at least three times per year), and that such person shall contribute to the support of this Parish (with time, talent and treasure).