I am writing to you on behalf of the Board of Trustees, as we are in the middle of Candidating Week, a first in almost 25 years for Foothills, and the third time in the past 40 years! It is an exciting time.
Whether you were present this past Sunday or not, I hope you are able to attend as many of the other events scheduled for Candidating week today through Sunday, to see and hear Rev. Gretchen Haley in the role of senior minister. We started the week hearing her moving and powerful sermon on Sunday followed by a great luncheon. We are looking forward to her next sermon on Sunday, 11/15 before the special congregational meeting held at 10:30am where we will vote on whether to call her as senior minister. You can find all the events here.
The Board has observed as well as participated alongside you through this entire process that began early last March when we called the entire congregation to learn who we most trusted within our community to be on the Ministerial Search Committee. This team our congregation created from that effort has been working daily since then for us. I for one couldn’t have been more comforted by the selection, knowing the integrity each individual would bring, as well as their range of representing so many of us at Foothills.
Since last March, The Ministerial Search Committee has put in countless hours of incredible, often tedious work, meeting with us, listening to us, learning who we are as a congregation, and then representing us in the search for our new senior minister. The Board has been inspired by their concentration and care throughout the process. They have led us all through this process to this point with a profound amount of grace. Ed, Sue, Lyndy, Steve, Judy, and Julie – on behalf of the Board, and as a member of Foothills, I thank each of you for this incredible contribution and service you have given to Foothills.
Due to our personal experiences as congregation members as well as church leaders, the data collected and analyzed from all of us, the Board and I received the Ministerial Search Committee’s unanimous recommendation of Rev. Gretchen Haley as the best candidate for our new Senior Minister with elation. Many of us have worked closely with her over the past three years she has been at Foothills, and it has been an honor and an inspiration to see and be a part of her ministry at work.
The last thing I wish say to you all is a big thank you. We have all been through a lot these past 18 months of interim. Thank you for your passionate voices, concerns, emails, letters, phone calls, voicemails, meetings, lunches, acknowledgments, the Sunday morning smiles and hugs, and even the shrugs. Thank you for your grace moving through this time. It hasn’t been easy, and it hasn’t always felt great. The grace that has been present throughout, is what makes us who we are here at Foothills. We are an incredible community of diversity where love is the spirit of this church and service is its law.
I look forward to being with hopefully as many of you as possible this week and Sunday as we come together to be inspired and to vote.
With love, service and grace,