One of the questions that emerged from last spring’s Mission 4/1 Earth project was, “How can First UCC better mobilize itself to have a positive impact in Northfield and beyond?” In November, we welcomed Doran Schrantz and Paul Marincel from Isaiah Minnesota to First UCC to talk about the possibility of becoming connected to Isaiah. Isaiah organizes churches so that Realm of God values can have an impact in the political arena.
One thing we heard in that conversation is that we need a better understanding of the passions, interests, and concerns of First UCC members and friends.
A group we are calling the “Core Organizing Team” has been formed for this purpose. The members of this team are David Beimers, Mitchell Campbell, Sarah Carlsen, Matthew Fitzgerald, Carolyn Fure-Slocum, Shannon Garlitz, Janet Mitchell, Janet Muth, and Matt Rohn. Over the next two months, each member of the Core Organizing Team will be having eight one-on-one conversations with members and friends of First UCC. If you would like to have a conversation with one of the core organizing team members, please contact Pastor Todd.
The purpose of these conversations will be to unearth passions, interests, and hopes, and to deepen relationships. The hope is that by having conversations with this small sampling of our congregation, we will begin to see a clearer picture of who we are, what we care about, and what God is calling us to do in the world as a church. We hope to involve the whole church in this work in some way in the future.
Thank you in advance for being willing to participate in these conversations, and thank you to the Core Organizing Team.