This is an exciting weekend in the life of our congregation. For several years now we have been in process toward this time. We began with a long range process which led to a renewal process which led to a search process. That really is a whole lot of processing!
From time to time I have shared gratitude for everyone who has worked so hard to consider and move us toward the future of our congregation. I have also said that we have no clear blueprint for what that future will be, but we trust that God is not done with us. Looking to that future, whatever it may be, we have committed ourselves to spend time, energy and money to explore and experiment with what might be relevant ministry for this particular time and location.
After a diligent search, our committee has come up with a candidate for Associate Pastor for Faith Formation and Family Life [see details here]. We will meet him, talk with him and vote on him this weekend. We are presenting Gregory with a challenging task – to work with a shrinking congregation to discover and create new ways to do ministry that will bring the good news to our friends and neighbors in Palo Alto. The way we do church may be rapidly changing but the need for God’s good news is still imperative as we seek to bring God’s Beloved Community to life in our “own back yard.”
Please plan to be here for the cookout on Saturday evening as well as for the worship service and special business meeting on Sunday. We need everyone’s input as we make this very important decision about the life of our congregation.
May we continue to grow together as God’s people.