Settled Minister Search Updates & Contact Information

Our Settled Minister Search Committee was named and officially commissioned, in a “Covenant to Serve,” during worship services on October 15, 2017.

CONTACT US: Our Committee will make every effort to keep the congregation up to date with the search process and welcomes your input.  Please speak with one of our committee members &/or email your thoughts and questions to the Settled Minister Search Committee at [email protected] (or U.S. mail comments/questions to our attention at the Church Office).  Thank you!

  Our Settled Minister Search Committee Members are pictured here (from left to right):  Libby Elder-Connors, Mary McKearin, Mike Knauer, Jeff Comstock, Chair: Susan Ellwood, Rob Backus, Ann Vivian, Matt Bushey, Janice Claypoole,  David Grace, James LaPierre, and Cyndy Hall.

April 2018:  “We are working steadily towards our goal of completing our “Profile” in April and plan to have it ready for posting with the UCC national conference in May. We will have a copy of the final document available for you to read prior to posting.  PLEASE contact us at any time at [email protected] Or find us at Church and share your thoughts with us.”

Thank you,
Susan Ellwood, Chair, Settled Minster Search Committee


– LINK to November 3, 2017 Letter from Settled Minister Search Committee Chair, Susan Ellwood

With Our Settled Minister Search Committee
following 10:00 a.m. worship service
You have undoubtedly seen us at coffee hour and other functions, asking all for your thoughts and input on the essential question of WHO IS GOD CALLING TO MINISTER WITH US? We have learned a lot in this process – and we want to share this information WITH YOU as we finalize the Profile for submission to the national UCC office this spring. We want to share our excitement about the process and answer your questions about where we are and what comes next.
Delicious snacks and child care will be provided!
PLEASE join us in the Dining Room for this Church-wide Forum to review and discuss the Profile concepts developed to date.   While the Settled Minister Search Committee is charged with creating the Profile and calling a candidate, all of our work is in service to our congregation: We cannot do this important work without your participation and input!
Additional Opportunities to meet with members of the
Settled Minister Search Committee
Sundays February 18 and 25
following both worship services
during the fellowship time in the Chapel.

You are invited and encouraged to reach out to members of the Settled Minister Search Committee to give input on what is one of the most important questions that we as a Congregation need to answer:

“What qualities and skills are we looking for in a new minister?”

You are also welcome to ask us any questions on the search process while sharing your thoughts on this question.  Members of the Search Committee will be in the Chapel on Sundays 2/18 and 2/25 from 9 to 10 and following the 10 a.m. worship service to meet with all interested in sharing their ideas and questions.  You will find them near the easel with the large search process poster.

Our Settled Minister Search Committee is working with the congregation to craft our church profile.

What is the Church Profile?
       The profile document that the committee is working on is newly developed by the national UCC.  It is the primary document that every ministerial candidate will review when considering whether to apply for this call and it is critical to our search process that it accurately portrays our current congregation.
      The profile asks excellent questions. To answer them honestly and thoroughly, our committee and our congregation needs to “dig into” the process and figure out how to portray our many strengths and our goals for the future.  There will be opportunities for various committees to reflect on our church’s current positions relative to areas such as finance, mission, and membership over the next few weeks.  Most important will be the input from the wider congregation on the “essay” questions in the profile to ensure it accurately portrays who we are and what we are looking for in a settled Minister.
      We are committed to completing this process and trust you will help us gather the information to complete the profile.  We look forward to your participation in the process. Our committee is actively establishing a timeline to move this process as efficiently as possible and will share this with you in an upcoming update.
      The big questions that we will be addressing in the church profile are:
“Who are we now?”
– “Who is our neighbor?”
– “Who is God calling us to become?”
– “Who is God calling to Minister with us?”
       Representatives of our Search Committee met with members of the congregation in December and in January to begin gathering input for writing the church profile.  We will soon announce additional opportunities to meet directly with members of the Settled Minister Search Committee to discuss the questions that we need to answer to complete the Church Profile.
In January we focused on the question:                  
“Who are we?”
       Please help us describe “who we are as a congregation” by identifying important events in our church history and the impact of these events on who we are today.  We welcome your thoughts, ideas and questions during our announced gatherings and by email or in conversation with members of the search committee.
       Please speak with one of our committee members (listed below) &/or email your answers, thoughts, and questions to the Settled Minister Search Committee at [email protected] (or U.S. mail comments/questions to our attention at the Church Office).   Thank you!   
Settled Minister Search Committee:
Rob Backus, Matt Bushey, Janice Claypoole, Jeff Comstock, Libby Elder-Connors,
David Grace, Cyndy Hall, Mike Knauer, James LaPierre, Mary McKearin, Cleophace Mukeba, Ann Vivian and Chair: Susan Ellwood.
LINK to November 3, 2017 Letter from Settled Minister Search Committee Chair, Susan Ellwood
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