In April Council Circle looks ahead to the coming church year. With the Annual Congregational General Meeting on May 12th, some of the faces around the Council Circle table may change. A Nomination Task Group has begun the work of identifying “who is going and who is coming”. This group not only presents a slate for Council Circle but also reviews the positions for appointment to: Ministry & Personnel Committee (M&P), Trustees, Pacific Mountain Region Reps.(formerly Presbytery Reps), Reps.to the Pre-School Board and a Rep.to the Camp Grafton Society Board.
As chair of Council I urge those who are asked to consider a position to open their hearts to the opportunities to learn and grow and contribute to the life of our faith community. It is so easy to say “no”. I ask you to consider saying “yes” after taking some time to consider, pray and discern, and talk with your family or others. If you have an area of interest in serving KUC speak with the nominating group: Marnie S., Chris D. and Sue S.
On a more personal note …. prior to my accepting the position of Council Chair–‘prior’ meaning my entire adult life–I said that I would never ever chair anything, preferring to be a participant than a chairperson. However I did take time to reflect on what I might bring to the position that could benefit the congregation as well as my own growth. I felt “called” and that it was even possible that God had plans for me. I will be stepping down as chair of Council after three years and I will admit that I have loved being a chairperson.
The next three months is going to be an important time in the life of our church. As we prepare for Bruce’s retirement from ministry we will feel sad and we will grieve. At the same time we feel excitement for Bruce as he enters retirement with all the new adventures and fulfillment–and yes freedom–that it brings. Change can be hard. It is normal to have mixed feelings about change and it is those feelings that make us human. Council Circle and the Ministry Profile & Search Committee are giving this a lot of thought and will carefully undertake the work of preparing our congregation for the changes.
Remember that at every council meeting we save time for “What are you hearing?”. I encourage you to bring your questions, concerns, and comments to any member of Council Circle. We like to hear from you and welcome your feedback.
Chair, Council Circle