“Fast Away the Old Year Passes” has never seemed so true! 2019 seems gone in a flash, and we are now beginning an eventful year in the life of North Church.
At our Congregational Meeting on the first Sunday in February, a motion will be made by Executive Council to take the next step in our new Structure and Governance. You can read the motion in this newsletter. This involves suspending the existing bylaws for a year so that we can move into our new structure, and the corresponding bylaws, and make adaptations before the changes become codified. The new structure is the result of many meetings of the Structure and Governance Task Team, appointed and accountable to Executive Council. A review of the suggested new structure has been presented at the Leadership Orientation in September, as well as at Board meetings and listening sessions. A presentation and Q&A will be offered at noon on Sunday, January 5th in the Bradford Room. Other questions may be directed to Council or to Moderator, Kevin Gromley. We believe that this streamlined way of organizing our ministries will free us from an outdated “running the church” model and allow us to more easily BE North Church, and our mission of worship and service.
I’ll be away the first two Sundays of the New Year, welcoming a grandchild, and worship will be ably led by Rev. Linda Anderson on January 5th and by Christine Surber, founder and co-Director of the Supply and Multiply mission in Haiti. Christine is a member of Mt. Hope Congregational Church, where her husband, Rev. Chris Surber, serves as Senior Minister.
Finally, don’t forget to peruse these pages, for fellowship events and service opportunities! These include Boxing Up (which will take place by schedule early in January) and Crossroads (January 26th).