At the end of September, the Parish Council met and ratified goals for the upcoming church year. One of our goals is to continue to work to sustain our community. In this time of separation we will need to continue to find ways to stay together and to watch out for one another. The Parish Committee has discussed ways that we can find those in our congregation who may no longer feel connected. Some may be experiencing any number of crises or may not have a way to access our on line services and discussions. If you notice that someone has been missing for a while, please reach out to that person. If there are needs that we can be helpful with, please bring them to the attention of me or to Wendy or to anyone on the church staff. We have very talented and kind people in our congregation who may be able to help someone with a technical problem, funding for internet service or just check in by phone once in a while.
We all will need to be thinking ahead to what our church may look like when we are finally able to gather in our building. The staff and many committees are in the process of gathering ideas for ways we can optimize the access many have had to our on-line services while still gathering together in our building. We will need to be thinking about what technology and broadcast formats may help us keep our net spread wide – even as far as Caribou Maine to our friends there who have found us on-line. If you have some ideas, please share them with any member of the Parish Committee.
The survey, cottage meetings and focus groups held by the Search committee are a wonderful way for all of us to think about what is special about First Parish, how we live out our mission and areas in which we need to grow. I hope most of you had a chance to share your thoughts with the committee. This process is an opportunity for us to look at ourselves and look to the future.
Finally, the Parish Committee is thrilled to announce that Norah Mulvaney-Dey has agreed to join us on the Parish Committee to fill the remainder of Kate Hanson Plass’s term. Kate resigned from the Parish Committee in order to devote her time to the Search Committee.
Sue Twombly on behalf of the Parish Committee