Monday, May 22, 2017

Life of the Congregation – May 21, 2017

Good morning! I plan to continue the practice of these brief, Life of the Congregation updates. I am sure you will let me know if I should stop them.

The search for a developmental minister continues. The Ministerial Selection Team did identify a potential candidate but members of the Board were concerned about the lack of experience of this candidate and we will be continuing our search.

As we approach the summer and if we do not find a suitable candidate, we will have to decide on next steps. This could be the beginning of a search for a settled minister which may take up to a year if we follow the UUA selection cycle. If we go this route we could consider an interim or contract minister for a while. I will keep you up to date on progress.

Members of the selection committee and the Board met and had a excellent discussion about the selection process. We reinforced the need for confidentiality. We are dealing with the lives of candidate ministers and really need to take care of the people in this process. So, if you ask about specifics, you are likely to be told “there is nothing I can share at this time.” So, I invite you to avoid putting members of the selection team on the spot. We will update you as soon as we can.   

Susan Westbrook has offered to serve as Hospitality Committee chair. Susan will be coordinating hospitality and may be asking for your help. Thank you, Susan! 

A few words on the staff:

Peilin has agreed to continue as our music coordinator. She will take a break during the summer so we will have guest musicians for some Sunday services. Thank you Peilin for your continued service.

Barbara [office administrator] will be working summer hours during June, July, August, and September. She will be in the office Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. We will be monitoring the workload over the summer to determine future needs. Barbara is also a very active volunteer in our Congregation.  Thank you, Barbara

Willie Nelson will continue as our sexton. Sylvia and Ben are working with Willie on prioritizing his activities. Thank you, Willie, and Ben and Sylvia.

We are looking for help with our Religious Education and Youth programs. We need a champion to lead that program. Please contact Suzanne Schluter or a member of the Board if you wish to volunteer.

You may have seen the email about the lay pastoral care team. Janet Fryman and I are the team and we are here to help. We have also had two additional volunteers and, once we have completed the training, will be able to extend the team. If you are interested in joining the team please contact Janet or me.

I am appreciating your emails and calls. Please reach out if I can help in any way.

Paul G Ward

President, Board of Trustees