As we become a lay-lead congregation for the next few months, we are traveling head first into unchartered territory. Here we go. I can’t help but be filled with hope and optimism as we move forward. I wish I could assure everyone that it will be smooth sailing but I know we will run into unexpected twists and turns in the road ahead. Let’s all do our best to give everyone the benefit of the doubt as we travel into the future together. We are lucky to have such a talented complement of staff to support us. Thank you, Rita, Dan, Cicely, Ellen, Kris, Kensie, Jen, Erica, Barb, and Kathy. We couldn’t do this without you.
I want to thank everyone in the congregation for all the well wishes and support I have received as board president. I am overwhelmed with gratitude when I realize how many people are all pulling together to ensure the continued success at First Unitarian Church. Thank you for all the hours of effort so many of you put in to support our beloved community. In addition to the gift of your time and talents, you have also pledged your generous financial support. We recently concluded our annual fundraising to support the operating budget. Thank you to everyone who pledged a total that is now in excess of $400,000. Thank you.
One concept that I have learned from Eastern philosophies is that it is possible to hold two seemingly conflicting beliefs at the same time. My wife and I joined this church in 1990, the same year that Rev. Herndon started his ministry. I am so grateful to Rev. Herndon for his decades of effort, care and love on behalf of our church. We were blessed to have benefited from his leadership for so long. At the same time, I know in my heart that now is the right time for this congregation to be rejuvenated and reinvigorated with new leadership. Perhaps you are also experiencing some tension between heartfelt beliefs that seem opposed. I don’t believe they are contradictory. Thank you, Rev. Herndon, for all your gifts and accomplishments over the last twenty-eight years.
Now, onward to the future!
The Interim Minister Search Team recently communicated to the congregation that it was unable to identify an interim minister to begin at First Unitarian in January 2019 but is confident it can secure an interim to begin in August or September 2019. Absent an immediate interim minister, the Board of Trustees began working on an alternative ministry arrangement to cover the intervening time period.