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From the Parish Committee – October 28th, 2022

Oct 28, 2022

Greetings from Parish Committee!

What keeps us all connected and, is what we’re doing working well? This is a question came up at our recent Parish Council meeting (more on the council below). How many people read the Arbella? The group thought it might be low, some as low as 15% of the congregation. We are very happy to report this is not the case! Our email program, Mail Chimp, is able to see how many people “open the emails” that are sent. FPW emails the Arbella to 230 people and, on average, 67% open it. So, that’s about 150 people every week. It hasn’t dropped below 61% since Rev. Sophia arrived here. As you are reading this Arbella please take a moment to feel the other 150 members and friends you are a part off. Together we are our congregation!

It’s been another busy and wonderful month for Parish Committee. Parish Council, a quarterly meeting of all the chairs of the church committees,  met this month and it was exciting and inspiring to hear all the heartfelt work so many members and friends of the church are doing. Thank you! We also had some lessons learned about having larger hybrid meetings as some people who were zooming in couldn’t hear everything (our apologies) and it was hard for everyone to know who was actually on the zoom and in person, making it difficult to get a feel for the whole group. Parish Committee is looking at ways to improve these larger hybrid meetings (using the microphones and church zoom account), and we thank you for your patience as we move forward. Everyone being able to participate and feel connected is of sincere importance to the Parish Committee and we welcome everyone’s feedback as we improve our hybrid capabilities. Please email us at any time at

We look forward to seeing you at church both in person and virtually and hope many of you will be able to attend the FPW Potluck this coming Saturday at 6pm to relax and rejuvenate!

In joy,
Your Parish Committee

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The church is governed by the Parish Committee, made up of seven members elected by the congregation at the Annual Meeting for a term of three years. The Parish Committee sets policy, hires staff, and manages the overall direction and business of the church.

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