President’s Message for March, 2024

The Chalice Board of Trustees are busy completing various projects and preparing for the annual congregational meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 9. Some of us are also serving on the Pledge Drive Task Force to secure funding for another beautiful Chalice year.

The Board of Trustees met with the Coordinating Team for the annual CT/Board retreat last month. From that, we had some clear themes that we are working into goals for the coming year. They include:

  • We are a people of connection. We are working towards being a welcoming community who offers interesting paths for our congregants to bring their whole selves into church life.
  • We are a people who are lifelong learners. We would love to see religious education for people of all ages. We are proud of our antiracism work and desire to learn more.
  • We are a people of intention. We want to develop relationships with our wider community as true partners.

We held a series of visioning sessions last month and they were a big hit! Held both in person and over zoom, our community answered the questions:

  • Who shall we invite to join us, and how do we mean to change their lives?
  • What programs would you like that Chalice does not currently have and how would you improve the programs we already have?

We are still working to organize the responses, but what we hear overall is that there is a desire for connection and education, support for some of our special interest and identity groups (BIPOC folks and parents), and having greater impact on our community.

While all of that is going on, our Bylaws Task Force is busy refinding some needed and overdue suggested changes to our Chalice by-laws. We are still working that out amongst our Board but I hope to have more details when they are more finalized next month.

Should you have any questions, feel free to reach out. We welcome anyone to attend a Board meeting if you’re interested in learning more. They’re held the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm.

In love and service,