As we begin a new year, let me share with you a few things that are in store for 2016. First as you are aware, Bryan and Suzanne Page are moving to Dallas where he will serve as Director of Music at Northridge Presbyterian Church. Thank you to all who made their final Sunday a joyous celebration.
Beginning Sunday, January 31st, Dr. Chris Walters became our Interim Director of Choirs, conducting our Sanctuary and handbell choirs. Chris is an experienced choral conductor and is currently director of choirs at Randolph School. I hope you will pray for and welcome him as he serves among us. Moreover, we hope some of you will decide to jump in and become a part of our choir ministry.
Our Associate Pastor Search Team (Robin Strong, Ray Rowley, Lora Keiser, Joe Jones, Martha Lehmann, Nita Maddox, Tom Cunningham, Debbie Hester and Steven Herriott) is beginning to read and evaluate resumés. We are advertising our positon nationwide. Our hope is to call someone by this summer, but our main task is to discern God’s Will for the right person for Covenant.
What about leadership in youth and music/worship? During the next two months our Session will be discussing staffing models and hopefully will make a decision by early spring as to how we will proceed. Do we need full time or part time? What can we afford? Both full-time positions are included in our 2016 Ministry Budget. We welcome your input and prayers.
In addition, Debbie Hughes our church secretary, will be retiring May 31st after serving faithfully for 25 years. Our Administration Team has been thinking about office staffing models for two years and, as a result, we plan to change the position from a full-time church secretary to a part time (25-30 hours) Executive Assistant without benefits. This change is based on an assessment of our needs and finances.
What else in 2016?
Covenant’s 14th Habitat House!
An Opportunity to Make a Difference!
In 1990 Covenant led the effort to pay for and build Huntsville’s first Habitat house. In 2012 the Love Family paid their mortgage in full. Since 1990 we have built 13 houses joining many churches and other groups. Nes Cumings will be the Construction Leader and we will be joined, as of now, by Faith and Fellowship Presbyterian Churches. (We are still exploring other partners.) We are committing over $18,000 to this building project. (Thank you for your gifts.)
Our goal is to involve 100 or more volunteers in this effort. We need a small team of people who would organize our volunteer effort and do publicity. Contact Kerry Rowley at email@example.com, Andy Glover at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Hal at email@example.com. Work days will be Tuesday and Thursday from 8-noon (all you retired people!) and Saturday 8-1pm.