I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth… Isaiah 43:19 NRSV
After I began serving as your pastor in August 2019, the Congregation Council and I scheduled a series of cottage meetings throughout the autumn months. One of the primary purposes was to allow a time and space for me to get to know the members and friends of Calvary better, to allow you to get to know me, and to allow first service and second service attenders another opportunity to get to know one another. Cottage meetings were held Sept. 23, Sept. 25, Sept. 26, Oct. 1, Oct. 10, and Nov. 3, with a New Member cottage meeting on Dec. 1. Seventy members and friends attend-ed these meetings.
In addition to introductions, the conversations at each meeting included four ques-tions about the past, present and future of our congregation:
? What have been the most significant events in Calvary’s history?
? What drew you to Calvary, what keeps you coming back, what are Calvary’s best qualities?
? If money were no object, what would you like to see happen in our congregation and community in the years to come?
? When you think of Calvary’s story and the stories found in the Bible, what connections do you make? Which Bible story best reflects the Calvary story?
As 2020 begins, we will begin to compile the answers provided by our cottage meeting participants. We want feedback from as many people in the congregation as possible. If you were not able to attend one of the meetings, would you please jot down some responses to the questions above and share them with me? Your observa-tions, perceptions, and ideas are important to us. If you did attend a cottage meeting and had further thoughts to share afterward, please feel free to answer the questions again!
In February, the Congregation Council will meet for a retreat to consider the infor-mation received from the cottage meetings. We’ll review our previously established mission and values, look for patterns in responses from the cottage meetings, reflect on biblical stories, set mission priorities for the coming year, and make adjustments to our teams as necessary.
We look forward to sharing our “2020 Vision” in the months to come!
Pastor Tom Pairan
Thank you to everyone who remembered our family during the holidays with cards, gifts, and well wishes. We wish you a blessed New Year!