The first major project of the Parish Profile Committee—Congregational Input—is now entering its third phase. The first phase featured some preliminary or “warm-up” activities to explain the information gathering process and to get our brain waves acclimated. It began with an explanatory Sunday morning Forum and continued with two Saturday seminars led respectively by Father Bob and Tom Shenk.
Last Sunday’s Forum was all about the recently distributed Parish Profile Questionnaire, created by the Parish Profile Committee (PPC). Paul Kilian, PPC chair, rallied most of the committee to meet with fellow parishioners who had questions or who just wanted to talk more about the Parish Profile that is being created. In all, there were about 35 who attended the Profile Forum. The Parish Profile will be used to inform prospective rectors about the Church of Our Saviour community.
Last Saturday, the Parish Profile Committee hosted the second seminar designed to elicit information from parishioners that will ultimately guide the Vestry in the Rector search. The theme of the seminar was What do we do well and beyond? The free-ranging discussions inevitably included areas in which we need to improve.
Approximately 40 parishioners attended the seminar facilitated by Tom Shenk. Everyone was seated at a round table and each table had a facilitator. Tom asked three questions. Each table discussed among themselves and then shared their responses with the entire room.
This past Saturday, Interim Rector Fr. Bob Honeychurch and four members of the Parish Profile Committee (PPC) met with clergy, vestry, and parishioners at the first of two seminars designed to engage and move Church of Our Saviour closer to the permanent rector search. Fr. Bob Honeychurch lead Saturday’s seminar: Sharing Our History Day, which encouraged all in attendance to share their stories and personal history and involvement with our storied parish.
Church of Our Saviour’s Parish Profile Committee (PPC) officially launched its mission this past Sunday at the Forum. PPC chair, Paul Kilian lead a detailed discussion of the work ahead as the congregation seeks to provide input to that will assist in the creation of an updated Parish Profile and inform the search for a new rector.
Our Transition Period is an exciting time in the life of COS, and your personal challenge is to catch the energy of it and do your part. Our Parish Profile Committee is now in full swing. And If you didn’t know – together, over the next several months, we will be creating a Parish Profile: a document for which we’re assembling a complete and various account of everything about the Church of Our Saviour that a potential rector might want to know: History, Finances, Demographics, Facilities, Hopes & Dreams . . . you name it.
The Church of our Saviour Vestry met for its annual retreat on Friday June 15 and Saturday June 16. The retreat was held at one of the houses of the Community of Divine Love.
Friday night included a vestry orientation for all members. This included the role of the vestry, exceptions of vestry leaders and the responsibilities involved with being a lay leader. Next, vestry members participated in a story telling activity as a means of getting to know each other better. The members were provide with topics regarding faith, worship, disappointments, joys and other topics related to seeing God in others.
On May 6 your Parish Profile Committee (PPC) was commissioned at morning services. The group comprises Joshua Alvarenga, Meredith Brucker, Nancy Duling, Katherine Feng, Ben Harrington, Eric Miller, Maureen Sprunger, and Charlotte Van Fleet. The chair is Paul Kilian.
Charged with developing a document to assist the Rector Search Committee in explaining to potential candidates exactly who we are as the Church of Our Saviour, the PPC’s first task is to gather feedback from every parishioner regarding the church’s strengths and its challenges as well as where we have been, our hopes and dreams for the future, and the qualities we are seeking in a new rector.
Thank you to all that could be a part of the joyous celebration of Father Gary and Peg’s life at this church. Love could be felt in every corner of this campus. Gary and Peg were surprised by the trees (and the plaques below them) that were planted to honor their ministries too the Church of Our Saviour. The trees are oak trees and are planted in the back parking lot. Please visit the trees and say hello to them.