The cooler air of fall signals the return to familiar activities. Our building, still closed, looks quite lonely. However, our wonderful ingathering service and the hanging of the new rainbow flag reminded me that we are still very much a presence in our community and we are all still here for one another.
This fall, our attention is focused on beginning our search for a new minister. The Search Committee has been working to prepare necessary documents, and now they need input from all of us to guide their thinking as they prepare to review candidates this winter. Please fill out the survey the committee sent out and watch for invitations to focus group and “cottage” meetings where we will share our ideas about what we need and want in a new minister. The survey and group meetings will be our most important opportunity for congregational input into the search, and we need every voice to be heard if we are to find the best candidate possible!
There are some other pieces that still need to be put in place for the search. The Communications Committee is working hard to make sure the website is accessible and truly representative of our congregation and our programs. A small group led by Jean Merkl-Gorman has been developing a compensation package for the new minister. Your input this fall will be valuable in informing the many decisions that must be made.
The Parish Committee will be working closely with other committees to ensure that we are able to provide programs that help us to live out our mission despite the challenges this pandemic presents. We will also be planning for what our worship and gatherings may look like in the future as we move to a more hybrid version of community once we are able to begin opening the building and gathering in person.
We look forward to working with everyone during this time of reflection, sharing, and decision making. Meanwhile, please stay well and keep in touch.
Sue Twombly, for the Parish Committee