If you were at church last Sunday, you saw our flyer in the Order of Service! It’ll be there again this Sunday, and it’s also posted around the Community Room. Here’s what it says, with an additional notation about the group photo on September 8:
Don’t miss FIVE MAJOR EVENTS in September to aid us in our search for a new minister to begin in August 2020!
- Congregational Survey: Throughout September
We need YOU to complete the congregational survey in September! The survey provides us with crucial information about who we are as a church and what we’re looking for in a minister! We will rely on this information to determine which ministerial candidates are a good fit with Wildflower. The survey will not be meaningful unless everyone completes one — members and non-members alike! Watch your email for a chance to take it online. If you need any help, we will have Search Team members in the Community Room with their laptops, every Sunday in September, to provide assistance. And paper copies are available upon request.
- Church-wide Group Photo: September 8
Join us for a church-wide group photo on Sunday, September 8, after the worship service! As soon as the service is over, we’ll all come down to the front of the sanctuary to pose with our banner in the background. This photo will go on our website and in our Congregational Record to show prospective ministerial candidates who we are. Will this be chaotic? Yes! But please join us anyway! And after the photo, join us in the Community Room for the Children’s RE Ice Cream Social!
- Search Team Worship Service: September 15
Be sure to attend church on September 15 to learn all about the search process, where we are in the process, the importance of each step and your involvement, and more! Meet the Search Team and hear about all the work we’ve been doing!
- Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop: September 22, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Beyond Categorical Thinking is a highly recommended part of the search process. In finding the person who would be the best match as our minister, we could potentially overlook or even let biases keep us from knowing that a particular person would be the best match for us. We will have trainers facilitate this conversation so we can examine how we can avoid letting prejudice become a part of our search process. This is yet another way for us to put our faith into lived experience and improve the odds that regardless of identity, we will find the minister who is the best match for us and who will serve us well. Please make plans to attend this important event!
- First Cottage (Small Group) Meeting : September 29, 1:30 p.m.
We will have small group meetings as the survey concludes, to follow up on themes we see in those answers and further explore what our priorities are for a minister. These meetings will be at the church on September 29 at 1:30 p.m., October 1 at 7 p.m., and October 5 at 9 a.m. Please be sure to attend one (no need to attend all three, they’re all the same!) to give us additional feedback!