November 4, 2018

Reported to the congregation on November 4, by Barbara Bitzer - Worship and Music coordinator

Good morning.  My name is Barbara Bitzer and I am the Worship and Music coordinator, one of 5 coordinators under our new governance structure.

I want to bring you up to date with the plans to replace Gord as our Director of Music.  We initially issued a call for applicants to fill this position with a deadline of October 14th.  That did not produce any results so the position has been advertised again with a closing date of November 30 and starting date of January 1.  This will be a temporary contract position from January to June while we determine our future staffing needs.

The good news is that we have many talented people in the choir who have agreed to step in to share the conducting and playing for the next 2 months.  Jen has worked with the choral scholars to draw up a schedule so that each week one will conduct the choir and another provide the music.  This morning Jen has filled both positions and we are grateful to her.  The choral scholars tell me that they are both excited and a little nervous to share their gifts in this way.  I encourage you to find time to show your appreciation and welcome them.

Very quickly I also want to tell you about the service on November 18th.  We are having special guests from Reception House to share their work and lead a workshop on refugees following a light lunch.  Please plan to stay for this.  Our most recent refugee family the Heejo’s will be joining us for coffee and lunch as well.