Greetings from the Parish Committee!
Our month began with the congregational meeting unanimously voting to call Reverend Sophia as our next settled minister! Thank you again to the Search Committee for the time and effort you gave to the search process as well as organizing the Candidating week. As the next step in preparation to support our new minister, the Committee on Ministry has been formed. Judy Kamm will be the representative from the Search Committee and Norah Mulvaney-Day will represent the Parish Committee. The Parish Committee invited two members from the congregation to be on the committee; Katherine Calabro and Jean Gauthier accepted.
The big question on all of our minds is what’s next?
In order to guide us through the myriad decisions about the upcoming church year the Parish Committee has established two commitments which will provide a foundation. We feel these statements convey FPW’s commitment to our values and the safety of our congregation:
- FPW will open on Sunday mornings when we are able to have simultaneous in person and remote services.
- When gathering together in the building we will continue to wear masks to be inclusive and respectful to others.
The shared goal this summer and early fall is to prepare for hybrid services by beginning “Phase 1” as voted on during the April Congregational meeting. This will include upgrading our technical capabilities. Phase One will allow all involved, including our new minister, to become familiar with the processes used in creating a hybrid service. This also gives us time to consider and discuss the possibilities for further enhancements. Stay tuned for updates and opportunities to discuss how we will continue to make FPW accessible for as many people as possible.