Letter to the Congregation
I want to take a moment and share with you an update on the worship ministry at the church. Our nation’s grappling with COVID-19 has impacted all of us in our homes, our schools, our businesses as well as in our communities of worship. It has been some time since we have been together in-person and I want you to know how much I miss you! I wanted to take the time to share a few ministry changes and developments with you.
First, the Personnel Team has reviewed our current staffing model and is making the decision to “go back to the future.” In laying the groundwork to hire a new Minister of Music, the Personnel Team has reviewed the current music staffing structure and has made the decision to combine the elements of the Minister of Music (Robin’s old position) with the duties of the Music Associate’s position (Michael Sayer’s). This is a model the church has used in the past. I had a difficult conversation with Michael Sayers this week to let him know Personnel’s plan; his final day on staff is September 13, 2020. Michael has served us faithfully for ten years and we are most grateful for his leadership in the areas of the Chapel Singers, the Kirk Singers, and the Cathedral Choir
Next, a team has been tasked with searching for a new Minister of Music which will assume leadership for the Cathedral Choir, the Kirk Singers, and the Chapel Singers. The search team is comprised of the following individuals: Karyn Greep, Cathy Bean, Stephen Tilbrook, Gretchen Fasulo, Ronnie Young, Pam Dearden, Keith Rogers, and Lilly Tate. This search team represents our diverse congregation well and is comprised of both new and longtime members with a variety of backgrounds and pertinent experiences: ordained leadership, decades of choir directing experiences, decades of choral experience, current and former children’s and youth choir members and parents, musicians, contemporary worship team members and more.
Third, the worship and music ministry is a vital and important part of First Pres’ ministry and legacy in our community. We are in a period of transition and I know we have a grand future awaiting us. We are excited to one day get all this virus stuff behind us, return to in-person worship and continue to be a church in the community that leads with excellence in worship and music ministry.
Finally, as we begin looking towards in-person worship again, we will initially begin with one service on Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. The service will be a service where both classical/traditional and contemporary elements are embraced; once we are able to move to two services, we shall have one that is classical/traditional and one that is contemporary.
My friends, I know this is a lot to take in and I want you to know that our lay leadership, staff, and pastoral team are here to answer any questions you may have. May we look ahead together with anticipation towards an exciting new era of worship together. I am
Humbly in His Service,
Patrick H. Wrisley, D.Min.