Monday, December 29, 2008

This is your Bulletin, Bulletin, Bulletin...

Nothing like being breaking news.

23 comments:

Songbird said...

Exciting!

Presbyfruit said...

That's funny.

cheesehead said...

Great!

Jennifer said...

Nice!
(But an ice cream social in early January? Brrrr......)

Rev Dr Mom said...

Woo-hoo!

I love the nice brochure they did to introduce you.

Juniper said...

you so totally rock, dude

signed,
the entire West Coast

Lomagirl said...

Many congratulations and much happiness to you!

Mark Smith said...

Nice brochure!

Gord said...

WOW!

In our system the congregation does not know the name being proposed until the start of the congregational meeting at which the name is being brought forward for a vote (well officially anyway, in reality there are sometimes leaks).

Thus all the "meet the new person" stuff only happens at the beginnning of the Pastoral Relationship--which is generally at least 3 months after the congregation votes as the standard period of notice is 90 days (and the smart ones don't give notice of leaving without knowing for sure there is a place to go to).

Coasting Anon said...

Oh...I'll eat ice cream ANY time of year :)

Kathrynzj said...

Gord, I am definitely putting it on the line a little bit by announcing to my congregation before the vote at the next congregation BUT the two churches are fairly close together and I did not want my folks hearing it through the grapevine.

DogBlogger said...

I love that in all three of the recommendation quotes, Kathryn = great!

Mary Beth said...

Woo and also hoo!

Gord said...

Yeah that is always the danger. Our denominations are really small communities in the end aren't they?

Still the whole announcing the name before the meeting thing makes it almost a sure thing that news will travel to other congregations doesn't it.

Kathrynzj said...

Gord, our 'banter' sheds light on the hypocrisy that is the search process. I, for one, spent my entire ministry here encouraging transparency and honesty and then because the system - and human nature - is what it is I had to quietly look for the next call.

I have heard of cases of pastors sitting in airports in states far away from their own and being 'busted' by their own parishioners also randomly in that place at that time.

In THIS case, our churches are only 30 minutes apart with many friends/co-workers/family members interacting with one another whether they know it or not. It was BOUND to get out and my congregation deserved better than to hear it through another channel than me.

I hear what you are saying about announcing the name before the meeting, but it also seems odd to me to ask a congregation to vote on a stranger who has basically been unveiled to them only moments before.

Not sure how to fix it, only know that this is what worked for us.

Gord said...

Just different systems and expectations. Most UCCAn people are used to the whole not knowing anything about the person and trusting the SEarch Committee they have named (and/or blaming the search committee when things go south)

Then again we could be in a Bishops appointment system and everyone getting surprised...

ANd that secrecy of knowing you need to leave but unable to share that--hate it.

Rev Kim said...

Great!

You graduated from PTS just before I arrived...sigh.

Susie/NuevaCantora said...

Congrats!! The new town name makes me giggle a bit :)

Kathryn said...

Lovely seeing it all in black and white...I thought Ice cream socials only happened in musicals, though...tell me all about them some time!

Reformed Catholic said...

Mazel Tov ... it's 30 minutes closer to the Jersey Shore !!

Of course, I like Toms River/Seaside, I believe you liked a beach town a bit north of that area ;)

mibi52 said...

What a great brochure and announcement letter! Mazel tov...and it looks like you got to Princeton right after my husband got his PhD there. Wonderful picture of you and the boy. Blessings on this next step, and have a bowl of ice cream for me.

mibi52 said...

BTW, I love that red stole with the hands. May I ask where it came from?

Sue said...

A much-belated congratulations!!