If you’ve been following the process, you know that a key step in our search is the preparation of a “Local Church Profile” (aka “The world’s Longest Want Ad.”) This is a detailed write-up of who we are as a church, where we’re going, and what we’re looking for in our next pastor.
Click here to read the Profile online or to download your own copy.
This profile is sent to any qualified candidate who is interested in our opening. If, after reading all about us, they still think we’d be a good fit, they ask the our Conference office to send their “Pastoral Profile” –essentially a very long, probing resumé — to the Search Committee. That’s when the search process gets exciting, but, for all the obvious reasons, that’s also when confidentiality is essential, so the Committee will only be able to share to most general sort of information on what they’re doing.
(A note to possible candidates: You should know this already, but initial contact and submission of your profile MUST be through the Conference office. Contact Tammy Nelson, Search Coodinator at NCNC-UCC with any questions.)
We have now completed a detailed survey of the congregation: our demographics, how we see our church, what we’re seeking in our church experience and, most importantly, the kind of person we’re seeking as our next settled Pastor. A survey of this sort is always a vital part of the search process, but this time we’ve pursued it in more depth than usual. You may find the results interesting.
Our October 6 Sunday Worship service ended with the formal commissioning of our Pastoral Search Committee. As we joined hands around the Communion table, the members of the Search Committee committed themselves to the task ahead, and the rest of the congregation pledged to support and aid them in their work.
The next step in the search process will draw directly on that promised support: At our October 20 service, in place of the sermon, we will ask every adult and youth member of our church family to fill out a questionnaire that covers the kinds of people we are, our vision for the church and a profile of the pastor we’re hoping to find. Everyone will be asked to start working on the questionnaire during the service and then to complete it at home during the following week. (Surveys will be mailed to all who aren’t in church on the 20th.)
The results of this survey will form a large part of the Local Church Profile that describes our opening to potential candidates. Our goal is to tabulate the survey results, complete the rest of the writing and have the whole document ready to distribute by January 1. We’re pushing hard to make this date, because that Search Committee cannot start reviewing candidates until the profile has been published.
(If you won’t be in church on october 20, you can get started by downloading the Questionnaire and instructions here.)
The Church Council has appointed the Search Committee that will lead the next steps in our search for a new settled pastor. The goal was to select representatives from the broadest possible range of ages, backgrounds and responsibilities in the church. Here are the committee members (pictures coming soon)
Jackie Dema, Louis Frost, Lynn Grant, Caryl Hodges, Lucinda Ray, Melanie Sommers, Hilary Spaulding and Bob Spofford
Lynn Grant and Caryl Hodges will serve as Co-chairs, and Lucinda Ray will be the Recoding Secretary.
The Search Committee will be formally commissioned by the congregation in our Worship Service on Sunday, October 6.
Millie Bransford, long-time member of our church and the guiding spirit of our infamous “Crafty Ladies,” passed away on July 8 after a long illness. At our worship service on July 14, our former pastor, Rev. Julianne Stokstad, and a number of members shared their memories of Millie. Many of her children and grandchildren were with us to share this very personal farewell.
You can click on the audio player to hear what people had to say, and you can add your own thoughts in the comments space below.
The only member of the FCCSR family named for a tree has just won an important award: Our very own Oak Dowling has just been named one of the county’s “Civic Center Volunteers of the Year” for his work with their F.A.S.T. program (Financial Abuse Specialist Team.)
This county-sponsored program does truly important work. It brings together a team of people with backgrounds in law, finance, psychology and the like to educate seniors on the many ways smooth-talking scammers, spammers and supposed Nigerian royalty are trying to con them out of their money. They also help the authorities analyze possible cases of elder abuse, catch the fraudsters and sometimes even get restitution.
The following video shows Oak and the team in action: