Cottage Meetings are Coming!
JANUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER
Would you like to have some input into finding our next called minister and how our church community evolves? NOW is your chance! Rev. Gretchen has been organizing a series of activities to help prepare our community for the future; thus far we have participated in Tree of Life meetings and Sharing Circles from which I personally learned much about the history, depth, and breadth of our community. The next opportunity for us to contribute and learn is by participating in Cottage Meetings.
Cottage Meetings are gatherings of 8 to 12 people and are led by a trained facilitator who will guide us in exploring questions about what we value in this community, why we value it, and how we would like to see our community evolve. Our individual contributions and open discussions from these meetings will be submitted en masse to a selected group of Fair Witnesses. The Fair Witnesses will review all the input, from both individuals and from group discussions, looking for trends. From this input, they will produce drafts for a new Vision Statement, Mission Statement, and Covenant that our community will refine in later phases of the process.
Right now, we are asking you to attend ONE Cottage Meeting! The meetings are 90 minutes. There will be a suite of 14 to choose from, arrayed throughout January and February, on different days of the week and different times to make it easier for you to schedule.
But you have to sign up! Only 8 to 12 people are allowed per meeting, so the sooner you sign up the more options you have to choose from. A Sign-up table will be in the Social Hall every Sunday starting January 7th. Once we publish the schedule, you can also sign up via email to Solveig (email@example.com ) and we are exploring other possible on-line sign-up options. Watch for email with additional details. Please participate – we will ALL do better, if YOU contribute.
John M. Cooney