22 Mar Hold That Thought…
Someone reminded me the other day that the only constant in life is change. This adage is certainly true for us these days. A couple of weeks ago, Cam Thomas announced that God is calling him to be the Pastor of Topsail Presbyterian Church, NC. We knew this reality would come, but no one knew when. Of course, we celebrate with Cam, Mary, and Perry as they embark on this new adventure of faith. They begin this next chapter in ministry with our best wishes and our sincere gratitude. For lives changed and friendships established, we are most grateful. Please save the date of Sunday, April 15, at noon for a farewell reception. Contributions to a Love Offering are being received in our Financial Office by Thursday, April 12.
Already we have begun the process of finding the next person who will serve as the next Associate Pastor here at FPC. With permission from the Presbytery and support from the Nominating Committee, we elected a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) at our recent Congregational Meeting. Those elected to serve in this capacity are: Lauren Benton, Beth Campbell, Ryan Earnest, Edwin Hinds (Chair), Stewart McLean, Bree Moore, and Amy Wilkes. Their purpose is to write a job description for the position, receive resumes from potential candidates, and to recommend the final selection to the congregation for approval. The focus of the next Associate Pastor will include a passion for mission, a connection with young adults, and a gift for leading contemporary worship. Please be in prayer for this PNC between now and the end of their search.
During the last few weeks another clear consensus has emerged. In conversations with parents and leaders, it became obvious that our youth need a separate person to lead their efforts. At this point (always subject to change), we are beginning a second search for a fulltime Youth Director who will coordinate all activities for middle school, high school, and college students. With a growing congregation and a large youth program, this position has become needed and necessary. The team that will lead this discernment process (for both short term and long directions) is as follows: Edward Benton, Michelle Cox, Mary Daniel, Amber Long, Kenny Pruett, Ray Riggs (Chair), and Kelly Webster. Youth will be added to this team as they begin their work. Please pray for this group, as well.
Finally, our exceptional Church Organist, Susan Cadwell, has shared that she will leave her post at the end of May. For several years Susan has blessed us with her talent and her commitment. The time has come for her to spend more quality time with her family. We receive her news with much appreciation for a job extremely well done. Brown Bradley, as Director, will lead the process to find a new accompanist. National Publications and local advertising will be used to help secure this person. Please be in prayer for this effort, also.