Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats
Wednesdays, December 2 and 9 at 6:30pm, via Zoom

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Dec 2, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Report on First Fireside Chat:
You can watch the recording of the first chat here.

November 19, 2020: Your Strategic Renovation Team (SRT) has been hard at work! The team has had a few meetings and begun to tackle items on the report timeline related to the reconciliation service and the fireside chats. Here are some highlights from November.

A team was recruited to plan the reconciliation service and they have been meeting weekly on Mondays. They are Ed Henson, Garrison Cox, Cathy Miller, Jerry Osborn, Darren Brandon, Dustin Woods, Ann Curtis, and Debbie Wesslund. Two decisions made by this group were to rename the service from “reconciliation” to “healing and wholeness,” and to move the service to January in order to allow some fireside chats to occur and possibly impact the planning of the service. More details will be coming soon.

The first fireside chat was held on November 18 with 30+ people in attendance. For this first one, the SRT introduced themselves, as well as the other teams that had been recruited to help with the renovation work. The SRT also gave an update on their progress to date. 

Church members submitted questions in advance and those were answered along with those that came up during the conversation. Questions included inquiries about the numbers of church members watching the weekly services, how to best reach church members who do not use the internet and social media, and how dialogue will take place to address concerns over the issue facing the United Methodist denomination on same-sex marriage and ordination. Quite a bit of conversation was held around these topics in addition to the need for church members to feel (and remain) connected to each other as the pandemic continues. Many participants expressed the desire to share with each other what’s going on in their lives – joys and prayer concerns. Staff member, Sara Ferebee, was also able to speak about overall communications and how the church is trying to reach all populations. 

Participants left the fireside chat feeling positive and lots of great ideas were shared. The SRT will take a look at those suggestions as they move forward in their work. The purpose of the fireside chats is to provide a safe space for church members to gather, talk, inquire, express concerns, and get information. The hope is that healing will continue to take place during these conversations. 

The SRT also feels very strongly about being available to all church members. If anyone is uncomfortable speaking in a public forum such as the fireside chat, please reach out to the SRT members. They are here to listen to your concerns and are more than happy to have a one-on-one conversation with church members.

– SRT Team
Ray Fore, Ann Curtis, Robert Burns, Sal Rubino, Joanne Fleshman, and Julie Roberts.