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The President's Perspective -- April 2018

Chariot's A-Comin'

Chariot’s A-Comin’, which has often been sung right here in our Sanctuary, has been playing in my head for much of last week. Why? There is good news to share! Our Stewardship drive for the coming year has already received pledges exceeding the amount pledged for our current fiscal year and we are still expecting a few more pledges to come in. This happened even though we have suffered the loss of several of our senior members during this year. To quote Rev. Maureen Killoran “in 32 years of ministry and 15 years of lay leadership I have never seen pledges come in so quickly.” [Click "Read more..." to continue]

Our Stewardship team, led by Liz Stewart, included Mary Bahr, Debby Jo Malickson, Paul Avery and Tom Mareci. They deserve a great deal of credit for spearheading the campaign, spreading the word, raising enthusiasm, setting an example and quickly doing follow up work to bring in the pledges. And you, our members and friends, heard their message about the need to compensate current staff and our next minister fairly, the need to maintain our beautiful campus and keep our vital outreach programs growing. You heard the message and you responded. Thank you!

Yet another piece of good news is that we received many, many suggestions for members of our Ministerial Search Committee. It was exciting to see that over half of our members received at least one vote when we called you for your ideas. That tells me that there is a lot of trust and respect among our congregation. Board members are calling many of those nominated to assess their willingness and ability to serve on the Search Committee. On Sunday, April 15, there will be a Congregational Meeting to vote on the slate of committee members presented by the Board. Mark your calendars!

In Fellowship,
Marilyn Roberts
Congregation President

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