December 28, 2017
I wanted to update you again on the Head of Staff transition process at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church.
First, I want to recognize everyone who was a part of Dave’s retirement celebration: those who helped with the planning, organization, communications, parking, worship service, music, video, program, gifts, luncheon, and cleanup. I also want to thank everyone who attended and made this a truly joyful sendoff for Dave.
Next, the Interim Pastor Nominating Committee (IPNC) has been working tirelessly to identify the Interim Head of Staff to help lead us through the interim period. The INPC looked at about 40 PIFs (Pastor Information Forms) and identified two final candidates whom they brought in for interviews in late November with their committee and the staff. After prayerful consideration, it became clear that neither of these candidates were the right fit for Pleasant Hill.
The IPNC immediately went back to work, and over this past month they have already identified several potential candidates who had not previously applied. They are in the process of conducting interviews in the hopes of filling the position sometime in early 2018. And we continue to trust that God will lead us to the Interim Head of Staff who feels called to serve at PHPC.
In the meantime, Session met on Dec. 17 to unanimously approve a motion from the Personnel Committee to designate Reverend Jody Andrade as acting head of staff during this period while we await the arrival of our interim minister. This will give the staff and congregation a focal point for any issues or administrative needs that may arise in the near term. Session also agreed to increase Jody’s hours and compensation during this period so that she could take on this additional responsibility.
Of course, Andy and Jennie will share duties with Jody in worship planning, programs, and all of the other church business that comes up every day. We are certainly fortunate to have not one, not two, but three strong and capable associate ministers to rely on, along with an incredible staff, during this transition period and into the future.
We are also grateful to have the support of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and our congregation consultant, the Rev. Joy Fisher, who will be guest preaching during 8:30 and 11 am worship services on Sunday, January 7.
Please continue to keep the church, its leadership and the IPNC in your prayers as we enter a new year filled with so many opportunities to serve God and God’s people in the love of Christ.
Clerk of Session, Pleasant Hill Presbyterian
Let there be… a season to give! Stop by the Advent Mission Tree in the Narthex following the 11 am worship service on Sunday, Dec. 3 or the 8:30 and 11 am worship services on Sunday, Dec. 10 and pull off one of many star ornaments that contain requests for helping others–agencies the church partners with like Clifton, Salt Light Center and Rainbow Village and a family with four children in need of shoes and clothes. Members of the Mission & Outreach Committee will be available to give out detailed information on the requests and answer any questions. Many requests will be due back to the church on Sunday Dec. 17.
Let there be… a voice! Celebrate the 2nd Sunday of Advent as the Chancel Choir w/orchestra leads us in a music-filled worship of hymns for the season of Advent and Christmas. The Children’s Choirs and Middle School Ensemble, as well as a Liturgical Dance Group, will also share their gifts of praise. 8:30 and 11 am worship services!