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An Expeditious Plan

Category : Transitions

Don’t miss Sunday’s vote.

This Sunday will be your chance to fortify spiritual leadership at Holladay UCC during our transition in senior pastors.
At a Congregational Meeting after morning worship (October 20), members will be asked to approve several important steps:

  • Authorize the Executive Committee of the Church Council to engage an ordained pastor to meet the needs of the church until a bridge pastor is called.
  • Empower the council to appoint seven of its members to a search committee that will seek a bridge pastor (an ordained minister who takes care of regular pastoral duties in a congregation while the transition work is performed by others).  A candidate will be submitted for approval at a congregational meeting in the near future, date to be announced. This bridge pastor will not be eligible to be a candidate for settled pastor.
  • Consider a motion from the Spiritual Gifts Team nominating seven church members to act as a search committee for a settled pastor.
The council met this week to lay transition plans as Pastor Fred Evenson departs.

Council members are planning a timely handoff to a seasoned though temporary minister.  The goal is to meet needs of members and provide support for the Rev. Chelsea Page, our associate pastor for youth and families. Thus the temp-to-bridge-to-settled arrangement.  At each step the council is acting in accordance with HUCC bylaws.

As they worked on the plan, council members recalled a signature line from a congregational conversation in late September, when member Trent Parkhill advised the church to “move expeditiously but not carelessly” in its pastor search.

NURSERY NOTE: Children will have the option of a craft to do in the nursery with Michelle while parents are at the meeting.


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Keeping Track

Category : Transitions

From Tidings October 11, 2019

The weeks ahead will be an exceptionally busy period in the life of Holladay UCC, with activities on two tracks — a pastor transition plus the autumn uptick in church programs. Here is a primer to stick on the fridge and help keep track. 

October 13-Discipleship Sunday.

-Stephen Ministry recognition.
October 14-The Rev. Sue Artt, Rocky Mountain Conference minister, meets with congregation, 6 p.m. in sanctuary.  

October 15-Church Council meets, 6:30 p.m., to consider short-term and longer-term plans for pastoral leadership.
October 17-18-Operation Sandwich.
October 20-Congregational meeting to consider council recommendations on bridge pastor and Pastoral Search Committee.
-New Member Sunday.
October 27-Evenson family honored.
November 2-Fall cleanup day, HUCC & Preschool
November 3-Pastor Fred’s final sermon at HUCC.
November 9
November 11
-Pastor Chelsea’s installation, 1 p.m.

-Weekly meditation begins, 7 p.m. (through December 16).

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Pastor Search Draws Near

Category : Transitions

From Tidings October 4, 2019

Pastor Search

‘Expeditious but not careless’

A Congregational Meeting will be convened on October 20 to launch the search for a new pastor at Holladay UCC. Members will be asked to elect a seven-member search committee nominated by the Spiritual Gifts team.  If approved, the committee would begin the process of issuing a church profile and seeking a candidate. The Church Council will consult with the committee on whether the focus will be on an interim pastor or a settled pastor. 

The meeting notice was issued by Interim Moderator Carl Adams last Sunday after an extended conversation attended by more than 50 members. Seated in a circle and urged by Pastor Fred Evenson to listen carefully, the group shared a range of opinions on actions the church should take as Fred departs for a UCC church in Rhode Island. Moderator Adams outlined options for pastoral leadership, both near and long term.  The possibilities included supply pastors, a bridge pastor, a sustaining pastor, an “intentional interim” pastor and, ultimately, a permanent or settled pastor.

Explaining  the process

The group appeared in agreement that HUCC should seek a settled pastor, but opinions varied on how quickly to move.  “Can’t we short-cut this process?” asked one member.  “Take the time that we need — don’t rush,” said another. Another member summed up concisely, saying the church should  “move expeditiously but not carelessly.” Church Council will consider ways to assure pastoral leadership while the search is conducted.   The Rev. Chelsea Page said she will stay in her called position as associate pastor for youth and families, a part-time post, but possibly could extend her work week (with council approval) during the gap between when Fred departs and a bridge or other temporary pastor is in place. 

Want to search?

If you are interested in serving on the search committee, contact Interim Moderator Carl Adams or Spiritual Gifts team leader Carol Copene.

Conference minister to visit

The Rev. Sue Artt, Rocky Mountain Conference minister, will be at HUCC to meet with the congregation in the sanctuary from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 14.  She’ll also meet with church leaders and clergy. 

Dates to honor the Evensons

Please join the congregation after worship on October 27 for a potluck lunch to honor Pastor Fred and his family.  The following Sunday, November 3, will be Pastor Fred’s last sermon at HUCC so please attend then to say farewell, godspeed, and express our appreciation for Fred’s many contributions to our community.


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Council Retreat Sat., Sept. 28th

Category : Transitions

On Saturday, September 28th the church council met for its annual retreat. In addition to planning for the next day’s Sacred Conversation after worship about pastoral transitions, the council approved adding a transitions page to the website.


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