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February 2019 President's Column by David Hawley

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Ok, I’ll just come out and say it. I miss Steve. I have spent an entire year planning for Steve’s departure, and I’m surprised at how it has affected me. As I speak with members, it is clear there are a variety of reactions to Steve’s departure. For some there is profound grief like the loss of a close friend. For others, there is nothing to see here, so let’s stop moping around and get this thing on the road…and wherever you are with that process it is true and correct. In the next few months we will continue to work on items related to this transition, but the bulk of our work the first half of this year is just to be in community with one another.

I am so very proud and happy to welcome Beth Miller to our church. In the short time Beth has been here I have met with her multiple times and I have found all the interactions delightful and productive. I want to thank all those involved in the interim minster search effort for a job well done. We hit a home run and we are in good hands for the next few years.

The Nominating Committee is actively working on the process for forming the search committee. Be on the look-out for information from the nominating committee on this very important process. It is the intent of the committee to seek input from every member.