We will be having our annual business meeting on February 2. At this meeting the Congregation will vote on the budget for the coming year. We will also be voting on the recommendation from the Structure & Governance Task Team. It is an important event in the life of the Church, I hope you can all attend.
As you are aware, the Structure & Governance Task Team has been looking at our organization and the way we govern our Church, with a view to streamlining both. The team forwarded recommendations to Executive Council. On January 13 Council approved the recommendations, so they will be on the agenda for Congregational consideration and approval at our Business Meeting.
The new structure includes six Ministry Boards to organize the work of the Church: Assets & Resources, Diaconate, Education, Fellowship, Missions, and Worship. The new structure also includes more opportunities for volunteers to help with the work of the Church (and, in fact, relies more on volunteers versus Board members to do this work). For more information on this model see the "Structure & Governance TT" page under the "Members' Corner".
At the February 2 meeting we will be voting on trying this new organization for a trial period of one year. The trial period is intended to give us an opportunity to learn and ‘tweak’ the model prior to finalizing and voting on new Bylaws, a year or so hence.
It has been a joy for me to work with the Structure & Governance team, which includes: Judy Campbell, Steve Lange, Chris Lyons, Donna Nordman, Margaret Plummer, Nancy Scott, Nancy Wilking, and of course Rev. Biedron. We hope that our recommendations will create a new sense of energy and purpose for North Church. If you have questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to discuss them with any of the team members.
As we look forward to the Lenten season, I would like to give thanks to everyone who contributed to our Advent and Christmas Eve experience. We enjoyed wonderful worship services, wonderful music, and wonderful Christmas cookies. Thanks again to everyone who helped make all this wonderfulness happen.
Looking forward to seeing you all on February 2.
(PS, congratulations to Rev. Biedron on the arrival of two grandchildren!)
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Keep straight the path of your feet, and all your ways will be sure.” (Proverbs 4:25-26)