Seeking a New Chaplain

Our Chaplain, the Reverend Allen Spicer, will surprisingly reach the age of 80 very soon. According to the bylaws, he must retire after the next Annual Meeting on May 3. Allen was President of our board for many years before becoming Chaplain in 2010. His pastoral sensitivities, gracious smile, sense of humor and dedication to this ministry will forever be remembered. He and Gwen plan to eventually move to Bethany Beach. We are thrilled that Gwen will still be able to serve for a while as our Administrative Assistant! Please plan to attend the May 3 dinner at Annie’s on the Eastern Shore to give thanks for their ministry.

The Board of Managers is beginning the search for our next Chaplain. Perhaps this is a good time for us to reassess the position. Perhaps there will be someone who serves as an Interim or Chaplain-in-Charge. We are open to discerning the future with any interested clergy person who would like to work an average of 10-20 hours a week, depending on the time of year and pastoral responsibilities. We do feel the person needs to be able to get to Baltimore regularly to meet with the staff and monitor needs and assistance requests. The job description is posted below, or we will be happy to mail you a copy. Please send a letter of interest or email by March 9, 2017.

Chaplain Job Description 2017

The Rev. T. Stewart Lucas, President
The Corporation
4 East University Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21218
stewart@nativitycomforter.org

What’s in a Name?

The name is long (The Corporation for the Relief of Widows and Children of the Clergy of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Maryland) but the benefits are outstanding.

Clergy canonically resident in the dioceses of Easton, Maryland, and Washington are eligible for membership in The Corporation. For $50 a year ($750 over a term of 15 years) clergy may be assured their spouses, partners, and dependent children will be eligible for a $10,000 death benefit, a $1,500 yearly annuity, and additional financial assistance calculated to keep survivors at a decent standard of living and able to meet emergency costs. The Corporation’s investments currently total about $21 million dollars. Members are vested after five years; benefits are available immediately upon acceptance of the membership application and fee. After five years, if a member moves canonical residence, the member may continue to pay the annual fee for the total of 15 years; also, a member may choose to pay in full after the first five years.