September Meeting Summary

At our September 21st Council meeting, we focused half of our time on Harcourt 20/20, especially the three narratives that summarize our June Conversations. Through sharing our personal stories, we talked about how we keep balance while living the three narratives of feeling a sense of loss, feeling revitalized, and trying something totally different or brand new (a sense of ‘new life’). Then, we shared how our personal stories help us to understand Harcourt’s three narratives. Read the Council News updates in the September and October Herald issues for more thoughts.

Please register through the office for our October 22nd Congregational Joint Needs Assessment workshop, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Child care will be provided. We’ll focus on: What kind of congregation do we want to become? What are the predominant leadership style and skills needed for the next few years in paid, accountable staff?

Council also discussed the issue of hospitality at Harcourt on Sunday mornings. We applaud those who step into the Greeter role spontaneously. Do we miss that welcome when it’s not there? How do newcomers and visitors feel? We invite a volunteer to pick up this opportunity to coordinate and monitor this important task. If this task calls to you, please let me or any member of Council know as soon as possible.

With faith and hope, Lorraine Holding, Chair of Council