will take place during coffee time today. Please read the Update
from the Pastoral Search Committee in today's bulletin announcements
as a basis for the discussion. The discussion will be moderated.
Your input is greatly appreciated and valued.
for the week:
will meet today following the informal discussion.
service with Communion will be held on Thursday, March 29th,
at 7:00 pm.
at Hancock Point Wharf...6:00 am. Plan to come back to the church afterwards
for a light breakfast
will be held next Sunday, April 1st,
at 10:00 am.
last week was 34.
from the Search Committee:
pastoral search committee has started its work, has had several
meetings, and has talked with our Associate Conference Minister,
Darren Morgan, about our search. One of the very first things we
need to decide as a congregation is our pastoral employment model –
full time, full time shared with another congregation, or part time.
There are financial as well as church life and community
considerations associated with each model. For instance, during Keith
Bowie’s “designated” time with us he has served part-time. If
we were to return to a full time model, our expense budget would
increase by up to $40,000 (depending on our final call agreement).
If we shared a full time pastor with another congregation our
expenses would be less, but we would have to be flexible in
negotiating how coverage is shared.
decision inevitably comes early in the search process, but an
opportunity has arisen in that the UCC church in Ellsworth Falls will
lose their minister after April this year. They are interested in
working with us on a shared coverage model and have had discussions
both with Darren Morgan and Keith Bowie. Keith has had experience
with this in his earlier career and is willing to cover both churches
during an interim time before his retirement in April 2019, but only
if our congregation is willing to try the “experiment”. It is
important to note that this would still have Keith in the pulpit
every Sunday, but the congregations would have to negotiate
worship and committee meeting times.
are many more considerations than a brief note can cover. We would
ask that you prayerfully consider these and feel free to contact any
member of the search committee, Keith, or the lay leadership with
your questions. We will have a number of informal discussions after
church during coffee hour in the coming weeks before any final
decision is made at a congregational meeting.
H Summerer MD, Search Committee Chair
207 963 7182 Home
203 522 3330 Cell
Discussion of Pastoral Search Process
worship Church members and friends met in the vestry for coffee,
refreshments and a discussion led by David Wildes and Rev. Keith
Bowie on the process to date. This was an informal meeting to
present the pastoral models and involve parishioners to question and
comment. Thirty to thirty-five persons attended. Peggy Karns and
Nancy Cooledge listened and commented on speaker-phone.
and Questions – “This feels very hurried-up.” “Do we have to
change our worship time?” “If we get into an agreement with
Ellsworth Falls, can we change if we decide it is not working out?”
Two of the search committee, Jen Ashmore and Kathy McGlinchey
commented that if we enter into an agreement with Ellsworth Falls, we
should do this in good faith. Kathy also reported that Darren Morgan
has stated that Rev. Keith would not serve Ellsworth Falls part-time
unless we enter into a shared ministry. Rev. Keith states that he
has served two churches before, and would do this until his
retirement in early 2019. Part-time pastors are few and far between.
McGlinchey, who attended Ellsworth Falls for a while, reported that
less than thirty persons attend the Sunday worship. Also, their
congregation is elderly.
was agreed that we should meet with Ellsworth Falls for discussion.
Also, there will be further discussion on this issue next week after
church, March 25th.
Edwards, Church Clerk