Vision for Emmanuel: Sunday, September 17

Exciting News!  On Sunday, September 17th, the Call Committee will have reached its first big milestone.  With the help of everyone who took the time to complete the survey, add his/her thoughts to the tryptic bulletin in the Narthex, or talk with one or more of the Committee members, we have come up with our congregation's Vision for Emmanuel, which we will present at the Town Hall in between the services. 

We are very excited, because the vision the congregation helped us write is INSPIRING, FULFILLING, COMPELLING, and UPLIFTING, and we can't wait to share it with everyone!  Copies will be available on the table out in the Narthex as of Sunday, as well.

Reviewing where Emmanuel is today (i.e. what we love about our church as well as what we would like to see changed), and identifying where we want to see it go in the near, middle, and longterm future were essential first steps in understanding what we want from our next pastor, and then to outlining what we seek in our next pastor.  It is the road map for writing the actual pastoral call description. 

Now we know where we are starting, as well as where we are going.  Now we can decide what we want and need to arrive at our destination.

The Call Committee has already begun to draft the pastoral call description.  We will present that at the Town Hall, as well, so that everyone can see what we have identified so far.  Attendees will also have an opportunity at that time to express their thoughts and give us their input.

The Call Committee is grateful to the congregation for all of its assistance to date.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the Town Hall, to sharing the Vision for Emmanuel, and to presenting the first draft call description to you then!

The Call Committee Wants to Hear From Those Who Have Not Yet Sent In their Surveys or Added Thoughts to the Bulletin Board!

Do you have an opinion about the Pastor you want to have leading us in the future?  Do you want to have a voice in whom the Call Committee selects?  Have you put off getting your survey in?

Please do not procrastinate any longer.  We need to hear from everyone by September 10th.

Unless we hear from you, we have to assume that you have full confidence in whatever decisions we make, and that you will be pleased with those decisions.  While are grateful for your confidence, and we take that responsibility very seriously, we would be glad to hear from you and to know that we are on the right track.

The survey is only 5 questions long.  You can answer it in a few minutes, or you can take a long time to fully express your feelings and wishes.  In each case, we are listening, and we care about what you would like in our next Pastor.  You can find a copy of the survey on the table next to the "Have a Good Think - Leave a Great Thought" bulletin board here online.  Once you have completed it, please put it in the large Quicker mailbox in the Narthex.  We look forward to hearing from you this week or next!

Giving Input to the Call Committee

On June 11, the Emmanuel congregation bade Pastor Lookingbill an emotional farewell in a moving service and celebration of his 38 years of ministry.  Now, we officially enter the critical period between the pastor we have known and loved for 32 years and our next pastor.

The Call Committee has now shifted into a higher gear, too, working diligently to identify and to call the pastor who will lead us for the next three decades.

Your input is critical to developing the vision for our church and the job description for our pastor.  Have you gotten your questionnaire?  If not, contact any one of us listed below, and we will get it to you immediately!  If you have gotten it, but have yet to fill it out and turn it in, please take time to do so now.  This will not be your one and only chance to convey information and ideas, so don't let concern over forgetting something keep you from completing it.  We need to have everyone's answers by the end of July.  Thank you!