Greetings from the Parish Committee!
Our month started with the Opening Up committee meeting on February 1st. It was an exciting meeting as the group reviewed the positive trends in high vaccination rates and lower covid numbers. Beginning in-person and multiplatform services is a great joy! We hope to continue to expand in-person capacity as spring approaches.
With all this good news Religious Education is ramping up! As Lauren our DRE talked about in last week’s Arbella article RE is holding a “reopening” meeting on March 7 at 7:30pm to talk about reopening RE. How do you envision the children and youth safely returning to Sunday service? Do you have no idea and could be just the sounding board the group needs?  Please consider attending this meeting, it’s a wonderful opportunity to share your thoughts, hear what others are thinking, get to know and support our RE program. Please click this link and provide your name and email to receive the zoom invite.

At our March Parish Committee meeting we’ll be reviewing the past year and planning our calendar for the coming year. We continue to work on the policies and procedures of the church and are working with committees for their input. We plan to roll them out in the coming months. The Parish Committee uses a liaison structure to stay in contact with the other church committees. During this time when we don’t “bump into each other” at social hour it has provided a wonderful way to stay connected, hear of needs other committees may have and appreciate all the work that’s going on in the wider church. There is a lot to reflect on and it’s exciting to look ahead.

For those of you who may be new to the church, our church year runs on an April 1st to March 31st. This is a tradition that dates way, way back. In writing this I’m thinking about why our church year begins on April 1st and that this is a wonderful question for our Church Historian, Kathy Button. Maybe she’ll be able to give us some insight into this question at our Annual meeting which this year is planned for Sunday April 24th following the church service. The FPW annual meeting is a tradition going back to 1630 when our church was founded. We welcome and hope you will be a part of history this year on April 24th!

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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.