House Keeping

House Keeping

As world events weigh heavy on my mind, reality reminds me that there are issues near at hand which must also be addressed. So, pushing all else aside for a moment, let me paint a picture of reality.

As everyone knows, Marlon Cummings resigned as our custodian after a decade of service to the church. Now, we are accepting applications for the position and would like to fill the position sooner rather than later. Job descriptions are available from the church office. At first glance it seems a bit daunting, but there is a good deal of repetitive detail involved. If you know of someone who might be interested in the position, please have them contact me so I can discuss the job description with them. The only caveat for this position is that the person cannot be a member of the congregation.

We are also in the market for a person to provide child care for 2-3 year olds during worship and possibly through the after church activities as well (lunch provided). We are treating this position under the preschool portion of our personnel policy, so it can be a member of the congregation. This person must also be willing to submit to a background check.

Speaking of background checks, the Commonwealth no longer provides basic background checks for non-profits and religious groups. We are looking at two companies recommended by our insurance carrier who provide this service for a reasonable fee. They recommend we recheck folks who have previously been vetted every 3-5 years, so we will likely be asking for everyone who works with our children, youth and young adults to submit their information and be included in this process.

A couple of years ago, we produced an in-house photo directory which is already out-of-date. This week we have contracted with Life Touch, a company that purchased Olin Mills and is now doing church directories, to produce an up-to-date directory for us this fall. Shooting dates will be October 26-29. Sign-ups will be both online and in person. They will shoot intergenerational family photos, photos with pets, and regular family portraits and will accept other submitted photos for inclusion (in alphabetical order with theirs!). In addition to photos, you may also order Christmas/greeting cards. As soon as we get our leadership team confirmed, we will notify the company and get this project rolling! I hope that we can get at least 80% of our participating families, individuals, and attending non-members of the congregation to be included, although our goal will 100%!

 The pew cushions have been ordered and should be here before Thanksgiving! If you would like to purchase an individual back cushion, please let us know as soon as possible so we can add them to the order. If you think you ordered one already please confirm it with Mary Catherine.