President's Report

Winter 2021

Dear Friends of the Chapel,

Forward we go into 2021, with hopes and wishes for a healthy and fulfilling new year! 2020 was certainly different for everyone. Those of us who were in Sconset last summer missed seeing the familiar faces of those who could not travel. You were missed!

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Chapel and its mission. We are all aware of many who have suffered greatly, especially this past year. Your generosity means so much to the Chapel and words do not begin to convey our sincere appreciation.

For the first time in our 137 year history (as far as I know), we could not worship inside of the Chapel. Carr, along with volunteer board and ad hoc committees, strove to adapt and create a continued sense of fellowship. We developed a completely new template in an effort to adjust and give you a sense of spirituality and normalcy during this unusual time. Safety was paramount and everything was carefully planned according to state, diocese and local regulations.

With an updated camera installation to reach you virtually through our website, Carr delivered fifteen Sunday services live from the sanctuary. Lovely music continued to be provided by Mollie Glazer and her son Isaiah Williams, with the addition an incredible vocalist, Libby Veilleux. Small healing services were held, socially distanced outdoors each Thursday, in the West Columbarium. We continue to be thankful for our benefactor’s extraordinary gift that made our outdoor space more attractive and useful.

The Chapel bells rang every day at noon last summer thanks to a large group of volunteer bell ringers. Many people said that it brought a smile to their face as they heard that familiar sound. Sunday School packets were hand delivered to young children in the congregation. Three socially distanced beach services were held toward the end of summer and the annual Charness Family concert was heard on the Lawn. The ever popular and Second Annual ‘Sconset Storytelling Night took place virtually in August 2020. A clever and delicious lobster takeout dinner was fully supported as a new fundraiser for our Outreach program.

The dedicated work of our Outreach Committee began in the early Spring of 2020. Many island organizations benefitted from two Outreach Sunday virtual offering plates last summer. Fourteen island non-profit organizations received funding approval from the Board. Your gifts have gone a long way to help local organizations with critical needs.

Your annual gifts have also helped the Chapel’s ongoing budgetary requirements.

Best wishes again for good health, happiness and peace. 

Patti Brown
President of the Board of Trustees

February, 2021

Officers 2020–2021

President - Patti Brown Clerk - Robert Felch
Vice President - Ann Johnson Secretary - Robert Felch
Vice President - Robert Felch Minister - The Reverend J. Carr Holland III
Treasurer - Jamie Holt  

Board of Trustees 2020–2021

Patti Brown Daphne McCarthy
Chrissi Crampton Julia Ogilvy
Maggie Cooley Charley Polachi
Robert Felch Elizabeth Queally
Ed Hodge Eileen Shields West
Jamie Holt George Wilson
George Hubbs Joe Wright
Ann Johnson  

Ex-Officio Trustees 2020–2021

President Emeritus Catherine Saynor
President Emeritus Jeffrey Lockhart
President Emerita Mimi Young
Chair - Columbarium Robert Felch
Chapel Administrator Sheila Daume
Reservationist Mary Will
Roman Catholic Clergy Father John Kelleher

Board Committee Chairs 2020–2021

Buildings George Wilson
Finance Jamie Holt
Investments Jamie Holt
Grounds Elizabeth Queally
Hospitality Ann Johnson
Outreach Eileen Shields West
Events Julia Ogilvy
Preservation Jeffrey Lockhart
Pastoral Care Elizabeth Cote
Worship Catherine Saynor

Standing Committee Chairs 2020–2021

Columbarium Robert Felch
Flowers Sheila Daume
Scheduling Mary Will
Wedding Coordinator Barbara Bispham
Docents Daphne McCarthy
Christmas Mailing Sheila Daume
Newsletter Sheila Daume

View Siasconset's schedule of services here.