Wednesday Night FELLOWSHIP
Adults: BBQ chicken, potato salad, baked beans, rolls
Children: Pizza, fruit, dessert
May 22 – Business Meeting, 5:45 p.m. start
May 29 – August 7 – No Activities
NEW SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
The Spiritual Practice of Haiku
Sundays in June
LaMon Brown is leading a new class for five weeks in June during the Sunday School hour, we will learn about the value of writing haiku and the nuances of its form. We will learn how to use haiku to unite past and presence, to pay attention to our world, to examine the seasons of life, to pair with lectio divina, and to become a haiku community. The goal of the class is not to become experts at writing haiku (though perhaps some of us may get there eventually), but it is to enter the haiku life – becoming attentive to the world around us and the world within us. (If you can count up to 17 syllables, you can write a haiku!) Please contact Josey or LaMon to sign up!
PALMS OUT FOR CUBA
A group of BCOC members are headed to our sister-church, Shalom Baptist, in Cuba this summer! We need to collect the following items for them. There is a collection area in the Fellowship Hall.
80 mg aspirin
Bayer, Ecotrin, Bufferi
medications to lower fever
Backpacks (lowest priority)
THE PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE
The Council on Mission wants to make sure you are aware of the two important business meetings coming up during the month of May concerning the Pastor Search Committee.
May 1, beginning at 5:45 p.m. – Town Hall to discuss the Pastor Search Committee Process
May 22, beginning at 5:45 p.m. – Business meeting to elect the Pastor Search Committee
The church bylaws provide a broad outline of the process – a seven-member committee elected from the floor of the church. The Council on Mission has worked to try to “fill in some blanks” in that process. It is our desire that the selection of the Pastor Search Committee be a transparent process in which the church can get all of its questions answered in advance.
The Town Hall meeting on May 1 will be facilitated by Rev. Chris Hamlin, a longtime friend of Covenant who previously served as an interim pastor for us. In addition to words of wisdom from Chris, we will have some “table talk” facilitated by church members who have served on previous pastor search committees at BCOC. The goal of the evening is that we all gain some insight into the nature of the work of a Pastor Search Committee so that we are more prepared to nominate and vote for members of that committee who would best represent the church.
Between May 1 and May 22, church members should consider individuals who they might wish to nominate for the search committee. It is critically important that if you wish to nominate individuals on May 22, that you ask them prior to that meeting if they are willing to serve, if elected. This will keep the nomination process flowing smoothly, allowing as many individuals to be nominated as the church wishes.
Here is an outline from Council on Mission concerning the May 22 election:
The church moderator will preside over the May 22 business meeting.
Per the bylaws, nominations will be accepted from the floor at the meeting; nominations do not have to be seconded. Only members of the church who are physically present may nominate and vote.
If you wish to be nominated, COM recommends that you ask a church member to nominate you.
Nominations will be typed and projected on a screen so that all may see.
A member can be nominated without being present – as long as the person nominating him or her assures the church of that individual’s willingness to serve.
At some point, a motion will be made to close nominations. After a second, church members will vote on whether or not to close nominations.
Church members will be provided a ballot with seven spaces to write up to seven different names from the list of nominated church members.
4 church members will be designated to count the ballots, under the direction of the church clerk.
The top seven vote-getters will be elected to the search committee. If there is a tie for the seventh spot, then a run-off for the seventh spot would occur that night. The committee will be announced at the end of the meeting.
As chair of Council on Mission, Patirck Chappell will call and facilitate the first meeting of the Pastor Search Committee. At that meeting, according to the bylaws, the search committee will elect its own chair and proceed independently from that point forward.
If the church receives any resumes or applications prior to their election and first meeting, Patrick will hold and collect them – and turn them over to the search committee at that first meeting.
Council on Mission is requesting that the Pastor Search Committee participate in a summer “salt shakers” / dessert function in which the seven members divide up in different locations so that church members have a relaxed opportunity in a smaller setting to share their thoughts about what qualities they would like to see in the next pastor.
Serving on the Pastor Search Committee will require a commitment of time and energy. Committee members should be dependable, open-minded, and dedicated individuals who will both speak their peace and listen actively. They should be willing to ask difficult questions – both of potential candidates and of their fellow committee members. They should be people of integrity who will maintain confidentiality, respect differences of opinion, and work toward consensus within the group. They should be willing to balance their own opinions alongside what they perceive to be the wishes of the church. Most significantly, the Council on Mission believes that the Pastor Search Committee should be as diverse as possible, so that the committee serves as an excellent representation of the church as a whole.
The good news is – there is a church full of fine folks from which we can all choose!
Please feel free to ask anyone on Council on Mission any questions concerning the process.
Chair, Council on Mission
Fellow COM Members: Mike Casey, Dennis Day, Howard Goodwin, David Henderson, Susan Jackson, Sally McElroy, Lynette Sandley, Ronald Williams