We want to update you on a joint decision of the Pastoral Team and the Steering Committee:
In light of rising COVID cases, and our desire to err on the side of caution in order to protect our community, we have decided to hold our Sunday services online only, beginning this Sunday, December 19th, and continuing until the end of January.
This decision further recognizes the impact on current volunteers who are attending weekly and who may need to prioritize family gatherings during the holiday season, as well as allowing time for more of our children to be vaccinated.
In addition, moving online during this next short season will allow us to adequately prepare a plan to record vaccination status which will likely be required on our return to in-person services in early February (as requested by Trillium).
An update from our Steering Committee regarding nominations and searching for new committee members; news about searching for an interim pastor as well as plans for forming a temporary Theological Discernment & Ministry team.
First, we would like to call attention to the upcoming listening circles which were mentioned in the interruption email last week. These are a space to process this season of transition for our church with facilitation from Credence & Co. These circles will be held on December 6th and January 5th- you can find more details and register through the Planning Center App. The Steering Committee will also be hosting its next office hour the evening of December 15th- this is a space to share and ask questions in a small group setting with two steering committee members, looking ahead to what is next for our community. Register here.
Second, we would like to share a specific need in our church. There is a need for further support in the children’s ministry to lighten Melodie’s load, as she has been working above and beyond her role duties in these last weeks. We are grateful to Melodie for continuing to support this need for the interim, but we would ask that if this is an area you would be available to support, that you please reach out to the Steering Committee or staff. If this particular role is not a fit for you but you would be available to support during this season of transition in a different capacity, we encourage you to connect with the SC or staff- we welcome your support!
Third, it is that time of year where we open nominations for new SC members! If you have giftings in areas such as strategic visioning and board experience, or know of someone in our congregation who does, and would like to step into a role of leadership in our community, please send along a nomination to us at email@example.com. If you have questions about what the role involves, please feel free to reach out! We will be gathering nominations until December 30th and would love to hear from you!
Finally, as we continue to vision what is next for our community, we would like to share some broad strokes of where we are headed in the coming weeks:
Community processing- Healing Circles (Dec and Jan), SC office hour (Dec 15)
Interim pastor: we are beginning the process of searching for interim support. If you have connections to potential candidates, we encourage you to reach out to the SC, and we welcome your prayers as the search is undertaken!
Sunday gatherings: This Advent season will be led by our Pastoral Team and others in the form of readings, short sermons, prayer, as well as music and spaces for reflection. We will be working with the Pastoral Team in the coming weeks to plan our Sunday gatherings for January.