On the first Friday evening in September, our Board of Trustees and our Ministers held a working retreat at the home of past Board President Reese Johnson. The focus of the retreat was two-fold: team building and determining our 2014-2015 shared ministry goals. Using a process designed by the Committee On Ministry, the following goals were developed:
1) Building on last year, the Board and Ministers will model, expand and celebrate social justice practices throughout the community.
2) The Board, along with the Ministers, will prepare for and lead through Rev. Bill’s sabbatical, empowering meaningful shared ministry.
3) The Board and Ministers will foster the process of re-imagining how the church works in preparation for a strategic planning process.
If you or your family is involved in a social justice event or project, let one of our Board members know. We may be able to help recruit other members to participate or at least be able to share your passion within our community.
The Board of Trustees, the Committee on Ministry and the Worship Committee have all begun preparations for Rev. Bill’s sabbatical, which begins February 1. Also, an Executive Committee made up of the Past President, the current President and the current Vice-President of the Board will begin meeting this month with Rev. Bill. This group is charged with meeting monthly during the year, including throughout the sabbatical, to ensure that everything is running smoothly in our beloved Heritage community.
More information will be provided to you as we begin our discussions on reimagining our church and the upcoming strategic planning process.
One final note this month: I want to publicly thank Barb Rohrer and her Rummage Sale Team for their long hours and hard work. It has been several years since we have had a sale. Typically, our rummage sales net about $800-$1,000 for our operating budget, but this year the sale generated over $2,500 in profits! Having people step up and say, “I’ll help with that,” is what makes Heritage such a great place. Thanks to all of you who jumped in.