From the Desk of Drs. Bob and Casey Baggott
My dear Friends,
Much has been happening over the last six months at Community Church. Led by our Vision 20/20 Team and our consultant, Dr. John Wimberly, we have held meetings to listen to your dreams and hopes for best the way forward for this great church as it steps into the future. Dr. Wimberly will be returning to us in October to help finalize the information gathering and assessment. He will then create a final document based on your input with reflections and proposals, to be delivered in early 2019. Your Vision 20/20 Team will be sending out a separate mailing to fill in more details about this important process.
We’ve also been actively searching for new staff members over the past several months . We offer sincere thanks to our personnel committee, trustees, and moderator who have been heavily involved in the planning and the search. They have volunteered their attention and wisdom to this effort to build a staff for the future and they worked tirelessly representing you in the process. We’d now like to inform you of the three professionals we’ve selected who will be joining our ministry team in the next few months.
It is with great excitement that I introduce you to Rev. Holly Adams who has accepted the position of Interim Minster of Pastoral Care. Rev. Adams has recently retired from the United Congregational Church of Norwalk, Ct. and moved to our area. Before serving at United she was Director of the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Program of greater Fairfield County. Rev. Adams is a graduate of Yale Divinity school and will be joining us September 1st.
Our music department is pleased to announce that Jill Truax has accepted the position of Associate Director of Music/Organist. Ms Truax comes to us from First Baptist Church of Vero Beach where she has served as Senior Organist for the last twelve years. She has extensive training in accompanying, piano/organ performance, conducting, and children and youth music. Ms. Truax, a native of Pennsylvania, earned a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Cincinnati Conservatory of the University of Cincinnati, where she completed a Master of Music degree in piano performance. She will join us September 1st.
We are also pleased to announce a two new positions that will be titled Ministry Associate for Emerging Generations. Elizabeth Hipp, who will be graduating from Dubuque Seminary in October and will seek ordination as a Presbyterian, will fill one of these positions. Her efforts will focus specifically on High School students and she will share responsibilities for Children and Family programming.
After a thorough search we are excited to announce that Doug Johnson has agreed to join our staff as the second Ministry Associate for Emerging Generations. Doug will focus specifically on Middle School students, while working with Elizabeth Hipp in a shared ministry to Children and Families. He is a graduate of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Mn, having earned an M.A., and M. Div. degree. He has served E.L.C.A. Lutheran churches in Michigan, Minnesota, and Washington. He will be joining us on August 1st.
You will hear more about each of these stellar folk as they officially join us and begin their ministries among us. We know their gifts to our community will be truly significant. We hope you will get the opportunity to meet them and welcome them personally in the weeks ahead.
These are exciting days at CCOVB as we pray for God’s leadership in discerning our future. Certainly more will be forthcoming about what shape that will take, but we look ahead with confidence, trusting that all shall be well, all shall be well, all manner of thing shall be well.
Bob and Casey