Greetings from Parish Committee!
After much deep consideration by the Opening Up Committee and the Parish Committee the decision was made to expand in-person capacity and lighten the protocols at the church starting on April 3rd. Please see the below information and community commitment the committees confirmed:
In the spirit of community, upon entering communal space and gatherings at our church, we ask everyone to take a moment of care and concern for the larger community and please chose not to attend a service or gathering if you are not feeling well, a family member is not feeling well or if you or anyone one in your household is aware of a possible exposure to a virus. Our care for each other creates our church home.
- No capacity limit to attendance in the church
- No vaccine requirement (this is primarily to accommodate children under 5). Vaccines for those able to get them are encouraged
- No advanced sign up required
- Sign-in sheet at service for any tracing if needed
- Masks are required
- Gentle singing allowed
Outside and church meetings:
Please ask the people you are with if they are comfortable taking masks off. If anyone feels the slightest bit uncomfortable the people with them are asked to keep their masks on. Consent, consideration and compassion for each other is our protocol.
Food outside is not starting at Sunday services right now. There is a dinner planned after the talent show to be held outside the second week in May. As things are right now the dinner will go forward. If it rains it would be inside the social hall and under the tent.
The “Spotlight Articles” being written for the Arbella are now requested to be 330 words or less. In that Spirit we share the next brief updates. If anyone would like more details or have questions about what’s going on at Parish Comm please email Parish@FPWatertown.org.
Parish Comm voted to establish an Ad-Hoc Tech Ministry Committee. We are excited to establish this new committee and are very grateful to its members!
At our April meeting we will be reviewing this past year’s budget vs. actual expenses and will be discussing the proposed budget for the new year as presented by our Treasurer Matt Calabro and the Finance Committee. We thank them and the Giving Committee for all their hard work this time of year, it is deeply appreciated!
Along with the budget Parish Comm. will be discussing other items to be brought to the larger congregation at this year’s meeting. The annual meeting is April 24th, please plan to attend if you can, your vote matters! Detail will be in a future Arbella as discussions are underway as to the best way to hold this year’s meeting so voting is smooth and members sharing questions and thoughts is easy and clear.
Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy Spring,
Your Parish Committee
The 8th Principle Vote – Please consider becoming of a member of the church! Timing is important
The 8th Principle, Your Vote and Becoming a Member of the church. The 8th Principle is a very important vote for our congregation and is planned for June 5th. In order to vote on this very important and historic adoption of the 8th Principle our by-laws require a person be an official member of the church for a minimum of 60 days (signed the membership book or virtually with the membership committee). Please contact the Membership Committee or email Parish@fpwatertown.org if you have any questions or you would like to become a member.
You are welcome here and we hope to grow our community with you!
Your Parish Committee
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.