A letter was sent to the congregation this week annoucing with both sadness and joy the news of two significant staff transitions coming in 2019.
Rev. Rachel Bauman, Minister for Community Life, has accepted a call to become the Pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ on Madeline Island in Wisconsin. After spending six wonderful years at First Church, loving us, growing us spiritually and teaching us, she is accepting a new challenge that fits her growing sense of her own holy calling. Her last Sunday will be December 30, 2018.
Phil Porter, Minister for Art and Communication, has a new opportunity, given shifting UCC guidelines, to become formally ordained in the United Church of Christ in honor of his 24 years of service to First Church and the wider church. We are likely to ordain Phil this spring, and sometime soon after he will move on, to continue his work as co-founder and co-director of InterPlay, as well as exploring other ministry opportunities that may present themselves.