September 13, 2016
What a great start to the fall schedule! Sunday’s 9 am service was overflowing, the 10 am Faith & Life hour was full of members to hear about Council’s staffing report, reconciliation and Action Plan update. Many old friends returned to worship with us and Plymouth Choir completely filled the choir loft! I encourage you to join in and be a part of our community. In fact, it’s hard for me to understand how members can send me suggestions and concerns about Plymouth and yet I do not see them on Sunday. Be engaged! Plymouth is alive and well folks!
The reconciliation process is our highest priority. Please sign up for the 9 am to 1 pm, Saturday, October 1 workshop led by Rev. Jan Van Pelt (JanVP@comcast.net). Healing is our primary focus and can happen with your participation. Let your voice be heard! Read the Herald next week to find out more workshop details from Rev. Van Pelt.
As you know, we head into fall with Rev. Kelle Brown as our Minister of Worship and Spiritual Life. She is my pastor; she is your pastor. She is an experienced, powerful preacher with a lot to say. Her words provide comfort and inspiration. Rev. Steve Davis, our Minister of Administration and Church Operations, is a delightful person full of energy and new ideas. They work in collaboration and report directly to Council. This means we have two strong and effective leaders to whom we can turn for leadership and support. I am confident we will learn to call on each of them for their respective areas of ministry and expertise.
It is a model that works with many UCC churches; Council believes it is a model worth exploring.
As reported last Sunday, the Action Plan will focus on Part One: Rebuild our Foundation. Many pieces are now in place with working task forces regarding engagement, finance, governance, faith formation and worship. Please contact the Implementation Team (Bing Tso, Lori Kaid, Mark Sandstrom and Kevin Bechtold): Action2016@PlymouthChurchSeattle.org. The Implementation Team is recruiting! Read your Herald for more information coming soon. Last but not least, my message is: we need you. Plymouth needs volunteers to help with a variety of tasks from hospitality to stuffing envelopes, calling members who have been absent, ushering at concerts and helping out for an hour or two in the office. There are many opportunities to serve. Together we can make it happen. Blessings to you all. –Jon Palmason, ModeratorSubscribe