This past Sunday the congregation unanimously approved six separate motions that reorganized our previous boards into six (or seven, counting the Archiving Sub-committee) restart task forces: Legacy Task Force, Space Task Force, Search Task Force, Cleaning Task Force, Silence Task Force, Mission Task Force. The remaining administrative functions are shifted to an Advisory Committee Advisory Committee. Members of the Advisory Committee are: Jill Winger, Nicoline Sawabini, Ellen Taylor, Stuart Constantine, John Jelliffe, Cindy Richardson and Maureen Matthews. Church officer roles remain as they were under previous by-laws. These changes better align our organizational structure with the work needed to do restart. It really feels like the congregation is coming together around our restart mission. It feels good to be together. I hear an echo of Luke’s description of the church in its infancy: “All who believed were together” (Acts: 2:44).
We spent a fair amount of time clarifying the “Silent Period,” which will begin after the March 3 Legacy Service. Responsibility for planning and executing the Silent Period falls to the Silence Task Force: Maureen M, Rob G, Jen G, Pastor Todd. The purpose of the silent period is to create a shift in energy toward a deeper engagement with our spiritual lives and the lives of those in the Stamford community. This shift will prepare us for our “soft opening” in a new space in September 2019. You can find more details about the Silent Period including a worship schedule at http://www.fccstamford.org.