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We have an Interim Minister! Yesterday morning, Moderator Claudia Kniefel introduced Rev. Johnathan Jones, who will be with us until a permanent minister is called and voted in by the congregation. Rev. JJ’s first work day is today; he and Kate will be getting him introduced to various systems (including the infamous security panel process). Watch for information about his office hours here in a Daily Update, the Bulletin, and on the web site. He has a new mobile phone (229-1352) or you can always reach him through the Church. Until then, Kate's office hours are: Mon. 10-3; Tues. 1-5; Thurs. 10-4; Fri. 10-3.
Rev. Johnathan C. Jones comes to us from Australia. He has served as a Senior Minister (Metropolitan Community Church of Anchorage) and an Interim Minister (Edinburgh Metropolitan Community Church), in various capacities with the Anchorage International Hostel Downtown, and currently as Executive Director and Co-Founder of Amundsen Hostel Youth Services, Inc. IHYS is a non-profit that provides inexpensive housing for LGBTQ young people in need as well as “wrap-around services” (mentorship, volunteer opportunities, job search skills, etc.). He describes his duties as everything from “financial management, job search guidance, cleaning, house parenting and (more often than I like) taxi driver.”
On Sunday, July 17, we’ll celebrate Rev. JJ’s first worship service with a special Fellowship Hour. Since it’s “Ice Cream Day” according to the list of holidays, Sharon Higgins and Gordon Shortman will be serving up appropriate treats. Rev. JJ hopes to get to know everyone quickly, so please plan to stay after the service to welcome him and introduce yourself.
Outreach Project. We will be making lunch for a Habitat for Humanity Global Village team on Wednesday, July 13. If you would like to help, please sign up or call Kathy Broome to let her know. We'll meet at the church at 10 am and deliver the lunch at noon to their work site on 4th and Oklahoma Street.
Craft Group. Starting Thursday, July 21st at 1:00 p.m. and weekly thereafter, you are invited to gather in the Board Room with whatever project you happen to be working on at the time. We can also work on special projects like comfort caps for those undergoing chemotherapy, or blankets for the homeless, etc. Also this isn't limited to church folks; so invite friends and neighbors.
Summer Music. The Northern Lights Ringers have put away their handbells for the summer (and in preparation for them to be sent away for a “tune-up" this summer). The Chancel Choir is on break until September. However, since music is a very important part of our Sunday worship together, we encourage people to share their musical talents during the summer. Kate has put a “Musical Offering” page in the white Volunteer notebook for you to sign up. As always, before you write your name in, please chat with Lori Parker Wasko and Caroline Valentine about your plans.
Let’s Get Creative about Fundraising! The FCC Church Council formed the Ad Hoc Committee for Budget and Planning. They’re focused on the whole financial picture but with an emphasis on our expenses. At their meeting on Tuesday, May 10, the Stewardship Ministry created a new Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee to focus on how we can increase the Income side of our unbalanced budget. We know you’ve got all kinds of ideas about how to bring more $$$ in (and at the same time attract more members), so let Kate know if you’re willing to spend some time sharing ideas and developing a proposal for the Stewardship Ministry to present to the congregation. This is the kind of committee where the more ideas (and sometimes the craziest) we can generate, the more likely we’ll come up with some great solutions. Keep in mind that this is not intended to be a long-term commitment – just a few conversations with your friends.
We Support F.I.S.H.: Please put non-perishable fruit, soup, or canned or packets of powdered milk in your cart next time you are shopping and bring them to the plastic bins in the narthex marked for F.I.S.H. Another way you can help is by saving your egg cartons; they get eggs donated in bulk and need the cartons for distributing to needy families.
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