I have very exciting news to share! After a few months of working with your capital campaign team, we have a fantastic vision and a new name:
Investing in a Just Future!
Mt. Auburn is poised to claim our 150 years of ministry and move into the next phase of our life together, extending the reach of our hospitality and strengthening our stand for justice for decades to come.
Bill Bogdan, Susan Ingmire, Mary Carol Melton, Bill Muse, Susan Thomas, and I have been hard at work with our consultant, Michael Vilardo from Transforming Christian Ministries, to gather information from past and current discernment and capture one shared vision for our next stage of ministry together. We have drafted a case statement that articulates the vision, commitment, and purpose of the campaign, and we are ready to take our next steps.
In February 2018, Michael Vilardo and his team will hold confidential discussions with a few of you as individuals and couples, and with the session and deacons. Identified members will receive a letter of invitation from me in early January. An additional group meeting will be offered for anyone in the congregation who hasn’t had the chance to meet with Michael and desires to do so. This meeting will be announced and open to everyone, but capped at twenty participants (first come, first served). We are committed to hearing all voices during this process, so in addition to these discussions, an online survey will be available for anyone who hasn’t had a chance to participate in person.
After all of this information has been gathered, Michael will prepare a report for the team to review in March to determine whether we have correctly articulated the vision of the congregation, and what our next steps will be.
Our team is very enthusiastic about the possibilities before us, and we hope you will be, too. We will be delighted to share them with you as we come into a new year, investing in a just future together.
Grace and peace,
Pastor Stacey Midge