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Rev. Tracie Barrett-Welser

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Monthly Message – December 2018

The past few months have been a time of transition and adjustment as we settle into our second year together. I know that anxiety has been high. I also want to assure you that the transitions and feelings and struggles are normal and a good indicator that we are in the right spot on the journey. My hope is that you will have faith and trust in me, our leadership, and also ourselves as community. May we use this time of the holidays to remind us of our connections to one another.

In furtherance of that, I want to introduce you to the Committee on Shared Ministry (CoSM). Chris Higgins, Carl Skiles, and Egor Emery have agreed to serve on this committee. Their role is to work as the process observers of the congregation. What

does that mean? They are looking to see what ministries in our congregation are working well, where there might be some rough spots we need to work on, and work to help all of our ministries be effective. You might be asking yourself what ministries am I talking about. Well, as I mentioned in our service on November 18, every single committee and every single member of our congregation is a part of the ministry of this congregation. We are in this work together.

The CoSM and I meet monthly to discuss concerns and strengths about the congregation. These conversations help shape the services I plan as well as give me an opportunity to coordinate with other ministries to best meet the spiritual needs of our congregation. Should you have any questions or concerns about the ministries of our congregation, you can reach out to any of the Committee on Shared Ministry members. Please keep in mind, they are not just there to vent to anonymously. The CoSM will work in a healthy way and assist in helping you to present your concerns to the appropriate committee or team.

Also, do know that I am here for you. As we move through the holiday season, I am here if you find yourself struggling with memories, family issues, or just need someone to share joy with. I wish all of you a very happy holiday season and I look forward to what’s next for us.