Leadership Council News
Hear ye, hear ye make a joyful noise! Oh, what a year we’ve had. But now it is a time for renewal. The shift is taking place and our life purposes are manifesting greater realities for ourselves and for the
future of CSLGLV.
I’m sure the year of 2020 will forever be unforgettable. Our senior minister retired, our building closed due to the pandemic, our office staff was reduced. However, we are still here virtually, providing the regularly slated services on Wednesdays and Sundays, as well as classes virtually. Our media team has done a marvelous job of organically designing ways to watch previously recorded meditations and talks available on all social media platforms throughout the afternoon and evening hours.
As we navigate through a universal pandemic, our Practitioner Core is still available to serve our community. In fact, we have gained two additional practitioners to our staff this year, Mearlon Hart and Karyn Dunphy. “If ye have faith of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matt. 17:20).
Our New Leadership Council
This past fall, we held a special member meeting and our Annual Meeting of Members via Zoom and synchronized small gatherings to allow members to vote on amended bylaws, elect new board members, and to vote to sell our building. As we walk into this new year peacefully, we can do so after much reflection, release, visioning, and reshaping. Many decisions had to be made. As a community, we have done the groundwork and we have made a lot of progress. We thank you for your generous contributions and tithes as we continue to navigate through these challenging times.
For myself, I have been given the opportunity to spread my wings and serve as President of the Leadership Council. Other members are Shelia Callum serving as Vice President, Fran Peterson serving as Treasurer, Claytee White as Secretary, and Theo Byrns and Doug Allen as Members.
Kelli Marshall is our new independent contractor handling our Social Media, our website, Eblasts, graphic design, etc., along with working with our accountants to ensure bills are paid and accurate records are kept of gifts and donations.
We know it takes a community effort to keep us thriving and growing. We also know that “God’s grace is our sufficiency in all things today, tomorrow, and a thousand years from now.”
So, as we move forward, the Leadership Council has also created our “Project Exodus” team. The job of this committee is to prepare the way for our congregation to move from 1420 Harmon. They will prepare items to be kept for our new location or sold through auction and a bookstore liquidation sale. Please check your email to see upcoming dates for these events that will likely be scheduled by mid-January. After those sales, we will rent a storage unit for the items we wish to keep. We will need volunteers to assist movers when that time comes. “God created us to do amazing things” - Ephesians 2:10.
The giving does not stop there. The many programs and events that CSLGLV has offered in the past are still being reimagined. At the beginning of February, two classes will be offered from Kenya: Treatment & Meditation and Metaphysical Bible. A link on our website will give you the email address to enroll. Rev. Colleen Tanaka will be facilitating “Practicing the Presence” through Zoom during the winter quarter. In the Spring, we’ll have Rev. Laura Hallett teaching a new foundational class. So, the Empower U classes continue to be an asset here at CSLGLV.
The New Minister Search
At this point, you’re probably wondering when we’re going to get a new minister. Our “New Minister Search Committee” has been formed and is beginning the process of attracting our new minister. As a community, we all will be tasked with unveiling answers to that question. As we envision a world that works for everyone and for all of creation, we intend to continue changing lives day by day. Our vehicle to get there is by inspiring spiritual discovery through community, connection, exploration and celebration.
Wishing all a happy, abundant, and healthy New Year!
Love, Peace & Goodwill,
Christine Paige RScP
Your Leadership Council President
Introducing your 2020-2021 Leadership Council!