October 4, 2016
At last week’s Council meeting we progressed on several projects important to the life of Plymouth. We welcomed The Reverend Jan Van Pelt to our meeting, UCC Minister and lifelong Plymouth member who led the covenant workshop held October 1. Rev. Van Pelt helped us define next steps for the reconciliation process. The workshop was attended by over 70 Plymouth members. We came together to share our thoughts, explore how we can be in covenant with each other and provide long-lasting understanding of how to treat each other. More opportunities available soon.
We also heard from The Rev. Elizabeth “Liz” Oettinger, recently retired Senior Minister for 1st Congregational Church in Corvallis, OR with over 35 years of experience as a UCC minister. Liz served as Plymouth’s Associate Minister with Rev. Joe Williamson and Rev. John Gibson 1985 to 1991. Council hired Liz to work with our ministers and the congregation. She will introduce shared ministry to us as we continue to explore this new model and guide Kelle and Steve as they work into their new roles as ministers for Plymouth Church. Please extend a warm Plymouth welcome to Liz when she leads Faith and Life, 10 am, Sunday, October 23 and hear more about shared ministry. Liz will also share the message at 11 am service.
We welcomed our newest Council member Kyna Shilling. Kyna has attended Plymouth since 1985. An active participant in the church school program from age 1 to age 18, she became a member in 1998 with her confirmation class. At Plymouth, you can usually find Kyna helping with 9 am worship or singing in Chancel Choir. Kyna serves the wider church as a member of the Pacific Northwest Conference's Youth and Youth Adult Task Force and is employed by the conference as Camp Administrator for Pilgrim Firs and N-Sid-Sen. She will attend UCC General Synod as a 2017 delegate. Welcome Kyna and thanks for your service!
We also heard for our auditors who completed their annual audit of Plymouth’s finances. We passed with flying colors, which means we followed the usual and customary accounting principles that organizations like Plymouth must follow. They found our books are in good order and all funds are accounted for. Thanks to our excellent staff! Special kudos go to former Business Administrator Wendy Blight.
Last but not least we heard about our Stewardship Campaign for 2017: “I’m In!” Rev. Steve Davis is leading a great group of folks: Catie Wilson, Vicki Schoettle, David Guthrie, Kyna Shilling, Don Castle, Gary Robins, Betty Eberharter, Kevin Saunders, Janice Randall and Nancy Parker.
To all members I say to you, better days are ahead! Please be engaged. Worship together. Pray for us. Blessings to you all. —Jon Palmason, Moderator