Dear First Parish Community:

It is with mixed feelings that we share the news with you that Ms. Gert McDermott will be ending her many years of service to our church in June of this year.

Over the past twenty-three years, there are few parishioners who have not been touched by Gert’s extraordinary administrative skill. As Parish Administrator she has played a key role in the church’s finances, facilities, community engagement, and operations. Budget preparation, Generous Giving, the Lenten Booklet, facilities upkeep, scheduling, communications, Order of Service, special services, UCC/UUA relationships, First Parish history, and the numerous church committees and activities have all relied upon her wisdom, intellect and professionalism. Gert’s gifted ‘Institutional Memory’ has informed the work of our pastors, staff and volunteers who have relied heavily upon her advice in creating and implementing policies and programs. Often the first to receive a call from a family in need or someone with a proposal or a problem, Gert has played a central role in supporting the First Parish community and facilitating its mission. We are all grateful.

Gert will take the next several months to transition to a new phase in her life. She will work with the Personnel Committee to create a successful transition for her successor and the leadership of the Parish. Her competence and grace will be greatly missed and we are happy for her that she has so much to look forward to. There will be an official ‘Thank You’ event in the upcoming months to recognize her service and this transition, but please feel free to join us in thanking Gert for her extraordinary and numerous contributions to First Parish in Lincoln.

Nick Covino, Chair

for the Parish Committee

Rev. Jenny Rankin, Interim Minister

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