Hello. I have enjoyed seeing many of you this summer at our colorful and well attended summer services. It’s hard to believe we are already entering August and our second year of interim ministry, led by the Rev. Howell Lind.
In February I wrote about us preparing for this second year of interim, and that we would choose a new interim minister. As a reminder from that blog post, I share again what the book “In the Interim” mentioned on the subject of congregations choosing to work with two interim ministers during this Interim period.
“The two interims brought different styles, skills, passions, and insights to the congregation in all areas, not just worship. Interim ministry may be best served by the old adage, ‘Two heads are better than one.’ Two years and two ministers allowed for movement in many pivotal areas, including the staff team, worship, and religious education, governance, leadership…This was absolutely a key ingredient in allowing for a vibrant shared ministry to follow and to flourish.”
Many members of the lay leadership at Foothills met with the Rev. Nancy Bowen in July to take stock of the work our congregation did this past year, and the list was mighty. We had an opportunity to really talk about what worked and what didn’t. It was a cathartic experience for all participants, and left us very inspired for this second year of the interim period.
I want you to know that the board of trustees have been listening, and we have been working hard to create a new direction for this coming year that honors what we have heard. It was a privilege to be a member of the search team for Rev. Howell Lind, and I am so excited for you all to meet him, get to know him, and most importantly, have him get to know you. There will be opportunities to do so in small “cottage meetings” in the coming weeks; look out for the dates. There will be a sign up sheet at coffee hour, and I am sure the Foothills Crier will announce them as well.
Please know my focus this year will be to make sure that our congregation is informed, as well as embraced as we move into this very exciting time.
I look forward to being with you all this year.
In faith and partnership,
Jennifer Powell – Board of Trustees, President