The sunflowers have grown tall in my garden, the sky is a deeper blue, and a hurricane is making its way towards landfall in Florida—it must be September once again! I’ve walked many different paths since last we met, and I imagine you have as well. I’m eager to see you again when we gather in church this coming Sunday September 8th for our Ingathering Sunday!
This fall, we welcome two new staff members to our team at First Parish in Lincoln and I know you’ll join me in extending them a warm welcome.
One is a brand-new staff position, created by the Parish Committee in order to fulfill the recommendations of the Shared Ministry Review. I remember reading the SMR when I arrived a year ago and being so impressed with this good, thorough piece of work. You took a long hard look at yourselves and made some recommendations. This new job is one of the results.
The job title is Community Engagement/Adult Programming Coordinator. We welcome Sarah Klockowski, a new graduate of Union Theological School in NYC.
We also welcome Meredith Jeremiah as our student minister; she graduates from Harvard Divinity School next spring and will be with us half-time this year.
Last year, as I was getting to know you, I heard many stories and perspectives about your experiences here; we tried to do some frank and open talking and listening and we tried to do some healing. This year, we’ll be looking to the future as you articulate your identity (who you are now) and vision (where you want to go from here). This will be important for candidates to hear when they consider serving as your next settled minister.
I love to meet with you in my office or your home so get in touch! The best way to reach me is probably email: firstname.lastname@example.org. It is good to be back and I’m excited to be serving alongside you again this year!