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Holy Trinity’s Council President will update our congregation on the past, present, and future of our church, as well as discussing matters from the Church Council’s monthly meeting.
Our 2018 Council President is David Smith.
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At last Tuesday’s Church Council meeting, a strange feeling came upon me as we heard a final report under the agenda item “Call and Transition Update”. The Call Committee and Transition Team’s work is complete!!! A journey that began a little over two years ago, starting with the congregation’s involvement with the CAT survey, Ray Masse leading the Transition Team to develop the Ministry Site Profile, Mark Beliveau leading the Call Committee, and Council President Martha Belanger leading the Council and being an active member of both the Transition Team and Call Committee …. is at an end. With such a long road Holy Trinity was truly blessed to have those leaders and their team members giving so much of their time and talents. Thank You Thank You Thank You!!
We do need to remember, however, a number of important points that were given to us by Pastor Diane at a forum back on December 3rd. I highly recommend you watch her presentation on our website (go to HTELC.Com, hover your mouse over the “Our Congregation” tab, and click on “In Transition” in the drop-down menu) or read her presentation, which is also on the web site. In her presentation, she talks about a number of very valid points in accepting and working with our new Pastor. All were very good thoughts, and in my opinion all seven were number 1’s. One that I would repeat here is “….to expect your new pastor is to forget about taking a break! The tendency in congregations when the new pastor arrives is to sit back, breathe a sigh of relief and think, ‘we’re in good hands; I can rest awhile.’ Absolutely not!!” And so the Call Committee will become the Mutual Ministry Team, meeting with Pastor Tim on occasion to ‘see how things are going”, and at the six month mark of his time with us, the Associate to the Bishop will be meeting with the MMT, Church Council and Pastor Tim. Out of the Transition Team has come the Optimized Hospitality (OH!) initiative. And there will be many opportunities for all of our church family to be involved in activities at church from helping out at functions to answering the call for specific team involvement. Watch for the announcements and requests in the Tidings and Sunday Bulletin’s.
Thanks to our Welcoming Committee, lots of items have been gathered and given to the Krick’s to help them feel welcomed into our church community…. A gift basket with a local hiking book, pamphlets and brochures of local entertainment destinations, gift cards featuring local places, snacks etc. A kitchen basket which also included gift cards, lots of snack foods, goodies from Stone Wall Kitchen, and other items. Many have contributed pre-cooked meals for the Krick’s first few weeks here, all intended to lessen the hassle of having to cook meals while at the same time trying to find a new house, get the kids into the new school groove, and all the other tasks involved in the re-location process. Phew!!! Thank you everyone for being part of this welcoming process.
After only a couple of weeks into his new congregation, Pastor Tim will be leading us through the Lenten Season. This is a very somber time in our church year, spent in reflection as we prepare to celebrate the pinnacle of our belief …. The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which is the core of what makes us what we’re all about. As we focus on the Season of Lent, we began with Ash Wednesday services yesterday, and for the next five Wednesday’s, we’ll have a Monastery Meal from 5:15 to 5:45, followed by Holden Vespers at 6:00 PM. I hope as many as possible can join in these vesper services, as to me they are very meaningful and moving, and give a great mid-week boost in reminding me about this Lenten time.
I’m running out of space, so that’s it for now. Thank you all for allowing me to serve as your Congregational Council President … I’m looking forward to the next few years, and man-oh-man will it be nice not having that item on the agenda anymore!!
Blessings to All