Visioning Update

As you may know, First Congregational United Church of Christ is in the midst of a visioning process. For the last couple of months, members of the Church Council have been interviewing members of the church asking a handful of questions:

Tell a story about a time in the life of the church that was a high point for you. What was the situation? Who was involved? What happened? What was the experience like for you? How did you feel?

Without being humble, what do you value most about yourself? As a person? As a member of this church?

What do you value about this church?

What do you think is the core value of this church?

Thinking about the situation you described and the values you’ve listed, how do you imagine those values being lived out in the everyday life of the church?

A few Council members are still conducting these interviews, but we want to make sure that everyone gets a chance to express themselves. If you haven’t been interviewed yet, you have three options to make sure that your voice is heard:

You can contact Pastor Chris to be interviewed in person or over the phone. Send him an email or give him a call to set up a time. You can reach him at the church office (563-659-3166) on Tuesdays from 9am to 1pm (2pm to 6pm starting in November) or Thursdays from 9am to 1pm. You can also reach him on his cell phone (773-771-4468) almost any other time.

You can use this convenient online form. This form will record your responses and send them to Pastor Chris.

Whatever method you choose, we are asking everyone to have their responses into the office by November 5, 2018, so that we can begin analyzing the responses.

Once the responses have been analyzed, we’ll start the next step of the visioning process! Thank you for your participation!

Visioning Update

Many of you know that First Congregational United Church of Christ is going through a visioning process right now. Over the last couple of months, Pastor Chris and Mark Ohnemus (our moderator) have been interviewing the members of the church council. Now it’s their turn to do interviews (and your turn to be interviewed)!

Over the next couple of months, members of council will be talking to members of the congregation to discover what your fondest memories are, what you think the core values of the church are, and where you imagine the church might be headed. Your answers to these questions will help us discern the vision of First Congregational UCC and set our course for the future.

Here are the questions you will be asked:

Tell a story about a time in the life of the church that was a high point for you. What was the situation? Who was involved? What happened? What was the experience like for you? How did you feel?

Without being humble, what do you value most about yourself? As a person? As a member of this church?

What do you value about this church?

What do you think is the core value of this church?

Thinking about the situation you described and the values you’ve listed, how do you imagine those being lived out in the everyday life of the church?

Once the council turns their interviews in to Pastor Chris, he’ll make them anonymous and then go through them to tease out common themes. Once we’ve discovered these themes, there will be conversations with the congregation to narrow down our vision.

Thank you so much for your help in this process!

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