All University Church members and friends, are invited and urged by the Vital Church Initiative (VCI) Leadership Team to attend workshops about how we will maintain or fine tune our worship services on January 21 and/or 22, 2017. And later, on January 31 and February 6 and 13, you're urged to attend all (or, perhaps, just one or two if necessary) visioning workshops about our future as Christ's church body. Here are notes about all the events.
Rev. Cathy Townley, a United Methodist Minnesota Conference consultant, will visit January 21 and 22. She has requested a 90-minute driving tour of our community on Saturday. After the driving tour, Rev. Townley will meet with people who are interested in the consultation process in Asbury Hall from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. for a question and answer period. On Sunday, Cathy will observe our worship service. She will offer another discussion time on Sunday at 11:45a.m. in conjunction with the specially-scheduled monthly brunch. Shortly thereafter, Rev. Townley will send her report to UUMC. The VCI prescription we adopted by-vote states that we will enact her recommendations. The new worship task force will implement the recommendations through the 2017 spring and summer months. Cathy will consult with us for a few months this spring using video conferencing. More information about Cathy can be found at www.townleycoaching.com. Funding for this event has been provided by the UUMC Endowment Committee. (Contact person: Rev. Bill Bills: firstname.lastname@example.org or 517.351.7030)
On January 31 (Tuesday), February 6 (Monday), and February 13 (Monday), Naomi Garcia will lead visioning workshops in Asbury Hall from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. It is important that the entire congregation and other interested persons attend one or more workshops. A writing team, appointed by Pastor Bill, will compile information from the workshops and write a revised, preliminary vision statement for our church. The vision statement will be offered to the congregation for feedback in March. It will then be presented to the Administrative Board for consideration in March. The prescription calls for a new vision statement to be adopted no later than Easter Sunday, April 16. (Contact person: Rev Bill Bills)
Church members and friends may obtain several VCI reports in the church office, or you may have them emailed to you by sending your sending your request to email@example.com.
Pastor Bill Bills has written a VCI update which may be read at UniversityChurchHome.org>Vital Church Initiative. Pastor Bill is charged with creating volunteer teams in conjunction with UUMC congregants. After prayerfully considering whether God is calling you to help shape UUMC’s future in this way, let Pastor Bill know of your interest.