Well, it is now the second half of October, fall is well and truly upon us.
Since last I wrote we had our Annual Meeting. It was a new experience, via ‘Zoom’, but went off successfully. Many thanks to everyone who helped with preparations and practice.
One major outcome from the Meeting was the election of new Board members and officers. We are now working with our new organization structure. The Officer positions are unchanged, but we now have six Ministry Boards (each of six members): Assets & Resources, Diaconate, Education, Fellowship, Missions, and Worship. These Boards will focus on planning and organizing the work of the Church, coordinating with staff and our Senior Minister. In doing so they will organize volunteer activity teams to actually carry out the various Church events and activities.
Since the Annual Meeting we have held a series of orientation sessions with each individual Ministry Board. In the past, after the election, we held one joint orientation session for new Board and Committee members. This year, since each Ministry Board is new, we held individual sessions via Zoom with each Board. The discussions were lively and insightful, I am excited and encouraged by the energy in the new Boards.
We are all looking to the day when we can return to worship in our building. Council earlier formed a Reopening Task Team, which made recommendations on when we might reopen (based on the status of the pandemic in our area) and how (stages, special procedures). Executive Council will routinely review this issue. Meanwhile, Rev. Biedron and the various Boards are making plans for worship and social activities for the Thanksgiving and Advent seasons.
The work of the Church continues, for today and for our much-anticipated return to worship in our building. Rev. Biedron continues her virtual Sunday worship and Wednesday inspiration series. We continue to support Crossroads and other benevolences.
Executive Council Notes There was no September Council meeting as we transition to the new Council, which will meet for the first time on October 26.
“But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.” (Micah 7:7)