I hardly need to remind you that this Sunday, October 23, is one of those milestone events in the life of any congregation, the vote for election of a new pastor. Please make every effort to be present for the worship service, the ensuing congregational meeting, and the “simple meal” to follow.
You have already been introduced by brochure to the Pastoral Search Committee’s nominee for Pastor, The Rev. Alexis Fuller-Wright who currently serves the Old South First Congregational Church (UCC) of Farmington, Maine. On Sunday she will lead worship and preach, assisted by our Intern Rebecca Francisco. A congregational meeting will then be opened by Moderator Carol McCollough for a period of question-and-answer dialogue with Alexis. (You are invited, by the way, to submit any questions you have for Alexis in advance by emailing the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Alexis will then retire and congregational deliberation will take place, culminating in a vote by secret ballot whether to call Alexis to be the installed pastor of Christ Congregation. After adjournment and communication of the results to Alexis, you are all cordially invited to a simple meal to conclude the process.
Saturday, October 22, will be devoted to an informal “meet and greet” time for visiting with Alexis and getting acquainted (please see the announcement and schedule elsewhere in this Newsletter). Last Sunday I announced from the pulpit that Alexis’ wife Liz and daughter Nora would not be joining her for the trip to Princeton; but quite happily their plans have changed so that now the entire family will be present—good news!
Since this entire process will be new to many of you, let me just explain that by tradition and for good reason I as Interim Minister will not participate directly or be present in the weekend events. That is deliberate in order not to obscure or influence the election process in any way. Alexis and I are already in communication and look forward to a shared transitional ministry in the weeks ahead—but that is the next chapter! If “the way is clear” (that is Presbyterian-speak) Alexis will begin her ministry at Christ Congregation during the last week in January, preaching for the first time on February 5, 2017.
Please do keep all the members of this cast of characters—including yourselves—in meditation and prayer, and as St. Paul reminds us, “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God through him.” (Col. 3)
I will be back in the pulpit on October 30th and look forward to seeing you then.
Blessings and Peace,
9 AM Bible Study, based on Revised Common Lectionary, will be led by The Rev. Bob Moore every Sunday before Worship.
Saturday October 22nd, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet Coffee and Refreshments with Pastoral Candidate Rev. Alexis Fuller-Wright
A Congregational Meeting will be held October 23rd directly after candidate led worship. Potluck lunch to follow.
The next book discussion will be held at the Sundeen’s on Saturday, October 29th. The topic will be Melanie Benjamin’s bestseller “The Aviator’s Wife”, a historical novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her troubled marriage to Charles Lindbergh. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with a light supper, followed by the discussion. All are welcome. 1108 Pratt Drive, Yardley, Pa. Please RSVP with Joe and Carol by email at email@example.com or by phone at 215-493-2647.
Please save the date! – Saturday, November 5, 2016; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. will be CC Work Day. Work Day is an opportunity for us to give our building a bit of tender loving care. Please plan on joining us.
The Rev. Bob Moore 35th Anniversary Celebration Celebrating 35 Years at the Coalition for Peace Action, and 40 Years as an Ordained Minister
Saturday, November 12 at Nassau Presbyterian Church Assembly Room, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ 08542 (Please drop off potluck dish at rear door and then re-park elsewhere for logistical reasons)
5:30-6:00 p.m. Reception and drop-off for Potluck 6:00-7:00 p.m. Potluck Meal (Please bring a dish to share) 7:00-8:00 p.m. Program
The Rev. Robert Moore has served since 1981 as full-time Executive Director of the Princeton NJ-based Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA). During that time he has also served as part-time Pastor of East Brunswick Congregational Church, and after its merger with Christ Congregation of Princeton in 2014 as part-time co-Pastor of Christ Congregation. Mr. Moore is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who this year also celebrates his fortieth year of ordination. Christ Congregation is pleased to share in this celebration and recognition of his service to church and community.
If you plan to attend the celebration from Christ Congregation, please complete this form and send it to Ms. Irene Lippert at 5608 Tilton Way, Monroe, NJ 08831. If you would like to contribute to a gift for Mr. Moore, please include a check with this RSVP form.
The Rev. Dr. J. Randall Nichols, Interim Minister
Joanne Hardgrove, Organist-Choir Director
Brandi Grove, Church Secretary
Rebecca Fransisco, Seminary Intern
The Rev. Jeffery Mays, Pastor Emeritus
Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.