June 4, 2015
Thanks to all forty of you who were able to attend the All-Church Discernment Event this past Saturday. There was good conversation and imagining of the next 3 to 5 years of the church’s life. The group listened to one another and to the preliminary ideas of the session arising from new questions being asked by faithful congregations as a new day emerges for the Church. We will be preaching on this theme starting June 28th – New Questions for a New Day.
EXPANDING ROLE FOR STAFF MEMBER KATIE HARTWELL
Also, this past week we had a very nice recognition for both our graduates and our transitioning Children’s Director, Lynn Nuzzo. Lynn is moving from her part-time job with us to a similar full-time job in a neighboring community. In collaboration, our Personnel Team and Session re-worked Katie Hartwell’s position description to now include oversight of our youth, children and families ministries.
Katie is in place and ready to go. I asked her to share with you some of her vision for that position and her excitement for this opportunity.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with all of River Glen’s children. Broadening my scope will help to add continuity for children of all ages and enable me to build comprehensive relationships with families. Our families are faced with many challenges in their lives and I am looking forward to leading our children and youth into a relationship with Christ that will stand the test of time. I know that God is continuing to do amazing things for our young people and I am grateful to be part of it.”
Go by Katie’s office or catch her on a Sunday to welcome her in this expanded capacity. We are blessed to have her.
Staff Transition – Update #33
May 21, 2015
By now, most if not all of you have heard that Lynn Nuzzo has taken a new full-time position as Children’s Ministry Director of First Presbyterian Church in Wheaton. River Glen combined our Parents Day Out Program with our Children’s program to craft a full-time position which Lynn filled over the last 15 years. But with the closing of the PDO program last year Lynn began to discern what would be the next steps for her to take. We are very glad that this new position opened for her though we are very sad she will be leaving our faith community.
In discerning how to make our own transition as a congregation, last night our session received the recommendation from its’ Personnel Team that Katie Hartwell, our youth director, be given a larger role and that we combine Children and Youth and Family ministries under her leadership. We are excited about this position as is Katie. Officially, Katie will begin this expanded role on June 1st but already Lynn and Katie will be working over the next two weeks to help this transition to go smoothly. We appreciate your prayers for a smooth transition.
Come celebrate Lynn’s ministry with us on Sunday, May 31st at our 10:30 worship service.
And again, please also reserve Saturday morning, May 30th from 9 a.m. till noon for participating in a congregation-wide conversation about our identity and our future called “The World Café.”
April 30, 2015
We are getting deeper into the season of Eastertide, remembering the on-going work of renewal of God in the life of God’s people. I wanted to share some of that renewal stirring right in our very midst. We are in a strategic discernment process as a church right now seeking to “see” where God wants us to place our emphases over the next two to three years. Elder Meg Goodman is heading up this visioning process and I’ve asked her to share with you what work our leadership has been undertaken to date. On Saturday morning, May 30th (9-12) we will be inviting you and all other congregational members and friends to also contribute (PLEASE RESERVE THE MORNING TO JOIN US!!). For now, however, we want you to know what is developing to give you a context for our conversation on the 30th.
From Elder Meg Goodman
“The leaders of our ministry teams and staff along with members of Session and its Vision Team met again this week with Nancy Sayer, Director of the Samaritan Center for Congregations. So you can have a stronger sense of what goes on in these meetings, here are the things we discussed – there was a lot of reading and preparation that went into this…
Additionally, we discussed framing some church questions in a different way…
Old Question: How do we bring them in?
New question: How do we send them out?
Old question: What should the pastor do?
New Question: What is our congregation’s shared ministry?
Old question: What is our vision and how do we implement it?
New question: What’s God up to and how do we get on board?
Old question: How do we survive?
New question: How do we serve?
Old question: How do we save people?
New question: What are we doing to make the reign of God more present in this time and place?
The process is deliberate and the pace precise as it needs to be. I can tell you that we are getting closer to the definitions and the direction we are seeking. If any of you have any comments or thought about these items, please feel free to share them with your ministry team leader, staff, or an elder (Bruce Daugherty, Paula Hebert, Chris Hume, Melissa Meyer, Dan Minglin, Kristy Radcliffe, Angela Bentsen, David Boumgarden, or myself ). We truly encourage and welcome your input.”
And again, please reserve Saturday morning, May 30th from 9 a.m. till noon for participating in a congregation-wide conversation about our identity and our future.