In times like these it is easy to just want to give up and lose hope. The moments I seem to be happiest are when I feel I am moving through this darkness toward some light – any light! Our strong church community is one of the things that has given me hope and strength. The fact that we have managed to stay connected in meaningful ways during this period is a source of such pride and inspiration. I am so appreciative of Wendy’s leadership, our strong and creative staff and the amazingly talented members of our congregation who are stepping up with good ideas and technical help.
The Parish Committee is working to move us toward the future. We are getting ready to start the process of choosing a search committee. During the month of May, we will be sending invitations to all members and friends to attend some short on-line discussion groups. We will be considering what qualities are needed for someone to serve on a ministerial search committee. We will then ask each member and friend to communicate to the Parish Committee via a private communication, names of members who they think would make good committee members. Please watch for details on these discussion groups and plan to attend one of them in May.
In April, The Parish Committee has been working with our very smart finance committee folks to set a budget for next year. In the face of what could have been a very difficult time financially, our budget currently looks really strong for next year. Please attend the Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 26 (details on this meeting to follow) to learn more. Last evening, the Parish Committee met with our compensation coach from the UUA to begin the process of planning the compensation package we will offer a new settled minister. Together we will continue to prepare for the future knowing that we will need to be creative and resourceful to overcome the challenges that this pandemic has brought us.
Sue Twombly for the Parish Committee
Kate Hanson Plass