Transitional Interim

 

From the Transition Facilitator

Weekly Updates

October 16, 2019

Our next congregational conversation will take place on October 27 in the Fellowship Hall from noon-2 pm (following Children’s Sabbath, which I am very excited about!). We will have a Potato and Salad Bar for lunch. The church will provide potatoes and salad greens...

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October 9, 2019

Your transition team has been hard at work digesting the information gleaned from the September 29 congregational conversation. You can find a summary of the table discussion notes here. (The full notes are available here.) Mark your calendars for the second...

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October 2, 2019

It was such a joy to be with you for the first congregational conversation of the transition facilitation process on Sunday! There was great energy in the Fellowship Hall as people of all ages ate, filled in the timeline, and talked with one another. (Several...

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September 18, 2019

This past weekend the transition team retreat was held under the guidance of Laura Stephens-Reed. The team’s sessions focused on the interim period our church is experiencing and how the Team can help navigate through this time. The Team wants the congregation to know...

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September 11, 2019

This weekend is the transition team retreat, when we will continue building relationships, plan the September 29 congregational conversation, and set tentative dates for future discussions. Please keep the team in your prayers as we gather. Randy and I will have a...

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September 4, 2019

Greetings, all! I hope you were able to enjoy a rest from your labors this past weekend, and I look forward to seeing you in less than two weeks. As the transition team continues to build relationships virtually in view of our training on September 14, I invite you to...

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Transition Team

Congregational Conversations

Transition Team Update

Transition Process and Upcoming Dates

On September 14 the transition team retreat was held under the guidance of Laura Stephens-Reed.

The team’s sessions focused on the interim period our church is experiencing and how the Team can help navigate through this time.

The Team wants the congregation to know we are not a group that will be making decisions about the future. This Team will be leading the entire congregation through a process that will help the church celebrate who they were, identify opportunities for the future and determine what they want to become.

This process will consist of 5 sessions at which we will discuss the following topics:

  • September 29 Heritage
  • October 27 Connections
  • November 17 Missions
  • TBD (January) Leadership
  • TBD (February) Future

The Team encourages you to participate in these discussions. This is your chance to provide input into and help shape what FBC becomes. The Team will strive to listen, be transparent and keep you informed along the way. After the congregation works though the issues outlined above, the Team will have completed its mission and will hand off to a Pastor Search Committee.

Please pray for the Transition Team, the entire FBC family, and get involved. The more ideas, concerns, hopes and dreams for this church we work through, the stronger we will be when we are ready to exit this interim period.

Congregational Conversation, Sept. 29

Transition Team Update

First Congregational Conversation – September 29

The Transition Team is formed and communicating weekly with Laura Stephens-Reed in order for the members to get to know Laura and each other better. We are all excited about the first congregational conversation and potluck lunch on September 29, which will be after church in the Fellowship Hall from 12 – 2. 

Drinks and meat will be provided by the church. We are asking our members to bring the following items according to the first letter of your last name:

  • A-J: Casserole/Side-dish
  • K-R: Dessert
  • S-Z: Vegetable/Salad

Child Care will be available after luncheon. Please RSVP for childcare to Holly Hatton . Please include your child’s age with your RSVP. 

Church members are invited to bring photos and mementos from past church events to share on a display table. Please make sure names are on the items so that they are returned to their rightful owners after the event.

Please continue to pray for each member of the Transition Team and reach out to anyone of them if you have questions. They are:

  • Shawn Hawkins, chair    
  • Sally Smith
  • David Weatherspoon    
  • Gloria Hodges
  • Mike Ward    
  • Robin Miller
  • Craig Locke    
  • Cherish Mathis
  • April Blankenship    

Please make every effort to attend this important first discussion.

Peace,

Shawn Hawkins, chair
Transition Team

Transition Team Announcement

Transition Team in Place

After tallying votes from the congregation and in consultation with Laura Stephens-Reed, the Committee on Committees is pleased and excited to report a Transition Team is in place. Members of the Team are:

  • Shawn Hawkins, chair    
  • Sally Smith
  • David Weatherspoon    
  • Gloria Hodges
  • Mike Ward    
  • Robin Miller
  • Craig Locke    
  • Cherish Mathis
  • April Blankenship    

The mission of the Transition Team is to lead the congregation through a process of naming who it has been, who it is now, who God is calling it to be, and what it will take to live toward that future story.

Members of the Team will be meeting with Laura for training and preparation for church wide discussions to begin in September. 

Please be in prayer for this Team as they lead the congregation in discussions about who we are as a church and what we want for the future. 

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