Behind the scenes, our session has been working hard planning for the new year. Here’s a look at what’s ahead.
December 2, 2018
Dear Members and Friends,
We’ve had a wonderful last year with Rev. Anne Russ as our pastor. She has continued to be committed to our congregation and has done so much to help our transition go as smoothly as possible. As her final service nears (Christmas Eve), the Session has been making plans to ensure church continues once she is gone.
The Session is currently searching for a part-time interim pastor. This type of position is in accordance with our projected 2019 budget and the congregant poll from the Let’s Taco Bout It event. In this position, the pastor will preach twice a month, help organize liturgy and music for all Sunday services, and help guide us as we search for a permanent pastor. We hope to have this part-time interim pastor hired by March. The Session will keep you updated as this search progresses.
In the meantime, we will have various people filling the pulpit each Sunday (including outside PCUSA preachers as well as our own congregants who have stepped up to the plate) and continue until we hire the part-time interim pastor. We are so thankful to our congregants who have volunteered to preach during this in-between time.
This will begin on Sunday, January 6. The session voted to take a sabbatical Sunday on December 30 so that we can all take a collective breath and come back on Epiphany Sunday to receive our star words for the year and officially launch this new chapter in the life of our church.
The next few months are going to require a little extra effort from our members. Please keep an eye out on Facebook and your email for the “Worship Service Volunteers” Signup Genius. We need volunteers each Sunday for variety of roles in order for Sunday service to run smoothly and successfully. It sounds like a lot, but if everyone pitches in a little bit, we’ll be able to continue having inspiring, meaningful services each Sunday.
Service is going to be a little different, and things might feel unfamiliar for a bit. But our commitment to Christ, the church, and our neighbors remains unchanged. The future of our church is vibrant. We hope you’re as excited as we are for the next phase of our church.
The Session of First Presbyterian Church of Argenta