May 1, 2018
I hope those who could attend last Sunday’s parish meeting were as excited about the results as I was. I was impressed by the energy shown and the comments we got back. The fact that there is so much energy in our congregation to make COTHA even better has got to be an attractive characteristic for the Rector God is calling to our Church.
If you were not able to attend the presentation and receive the results summary, it is on the website under Members > Rector Search. Also, if you have a question that you didn’t get a chance to ask, there will be an opportunity to talk to the Profile Committee after the services on Sunday, May 6th, drop a note in the suggestion boxes in the foyer, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get it answered.
What is the next step? We are following the Diocesan process. This process combines all our survey information and comments into the profile description of our Church. This includes information such as what we want in a Rector, the job description etc. The committee hopes to have this work done before the end of the month. Once this is put together and approved by the COTHA vestry, we will put the information on the diocesan website. The vestry will then prayerfully call a Search Community. They will undergo Diocesan training and work with the Diocese to find the Rector God is calling.
The survey results have given us a lot to think about and have identified many things we want to work on. While we are not going to stand still, we won’t be making any strategic changes. These issues are an opportunity for a new Rector to lead. The fact that COTHA is looking to have a strategy for reaching and attracting new people, especially families, and reach out intothe community to help those in need will be a very attractive characteristic.
We are still working hard to recruit a full-time Children’s Ministry Director. This fits right into what we hear in the survey results but has proven to be a much more difficult process than we anticipated. We give thanks that Jennifer Bolt is keeping our ministry going. In addition, we are very thankful that people are stepping in to help build a stronger program in our nursery. Did you know that our 3 and 4-year olds are learning Bible verses?
We are planning a Taste of the Nations event for June. This will be a great event to have some fun at the start of summer and to get to know a bit more about each other. Our attendance is up. We have visitors every Sunday. We also have a strong Wednesday program, including our free meal ministry which reaches out to the community. Everyone is invited. This is a chance to have an informal dinner and catch up with people you know and to meet some that you don’t. Almost every Wednesday there is someone there who just needs a meal or a conversation. That’s what the dinner is about; reaching out.
Lastly, none of this work will be successful if we, as a congregation, are not doing God’s will. Please pray for the Church, our future Rector, and for wisdom and discernment for the many people working on this effort. Prayerfully consider volunteering to help in one of our many ministries, if you are not already.
As Kami Huyse said this last Sunday, this is our Church, so we need to all join together to further the work that God wants us to do.
Grace and Peace
Doug Eisele on behalf of the Vestry
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April 8, 2018
Survey results are in.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This past week we received the data from Holy Cow Consultants on the Church Assessment Tool (CAT) that 143 members of our congregation completed. Reaching this milestone makes it a good time to update everyone on the progress of the Rector search. I am sure many of you think this search is moving very slowly but we are committed to doing this correctly which takes time. We are so fortunate to have Fr. Desmond leading us in the interim.
Here are the highlights of the many things happening:
I want to thank everyone who took the time to fill out the survey. I can tell you that it will pay benefits as we build our profile and work to fulfill God’s mission for Holy Apostles and to call the Rector God has already selected. We will continue to update you as we move forward and want to make this search process as transparent as possible.
I also want to thank the congregation for supporting Fr. Desmond and the staff as they continue to move Holy Apostles forward in this time of transition. Nothing will help us more than having everyone in the congregation take on a role in one of our ministries.
Grace and Peace on behalf of the Vestry,