Old South Church, UCC

     Windsor, Vermont

 

 

Pastoral Search Update, March, 2018

First, we want to thank everyone for their patience and prayers during this lengthy and, oftentimes, wearying process. We are blessed to have the support of you as our congregants and community members. We’re also very thankful to have our Bridge Pastors, Karen Lipinczyk and Connie Moser, who have stepped into the roles of pulpit supply and pastoral care, and have done so with graceful support, much longer than anticipated! They’ve encouraged us and lifted us up. They’re here for our journey, as are you all, and we are ever grateful.

 

The Church Profile

After several rough drafts, a few “final” drafts, and much thoughtful and prayerful discussion, the final Old South Church Profile was completed. That OSC Profile was then sent to the UCC Vermont Conference Office (specifically to a staff member appointed to be our Representative). The final Profile Summary reads:

 

Old South Church Profile Summary

We believe that Old South Church plays an important role in the spiritual and faith communities of the Windsor area. At this time of transition, we seek an Interim Pastor to mentor this energy at Old South Church to help us maintain and build on these strengths as our church participates in that leadership. Our hope is that our Interim Pastor will bring the energy and abilities to guide us in the following areas in not only building our outreach but also in laying the foundation for the search for our next Settled Pastor.

  1. The first of these, as already mentioned, is a focus on building our presence and outreach in the Windsor Community.
  2. As part of this, we desire to grow in our ability to attract and welcome youth and a diverse population through the pastoral care of engaging worship, Bible study, and youth and congregational activities.
  3. In this year, 2018, we will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Old South Church’s presence in Windsor and the Upper Valley. This presents an opportunity to both build on our strengths and develop new skills in these and other areas of our outreach. An integral part of this presence involves raising funds to support both the day-to-day and longer-term missions of our church. So often, money-matters seem to involve either talking at people, or being talked at. The need can tend to become its own agenda item, separate from the mission of ‘being the church.’ We seek and hope for guidance and mentoring in learning to build a more faith-based approach to the job of providing for this church, both in the short and long term.
  4. In stating that ‘God is still speaking,’ the leadership of the United Church of Christ has blessed us with a most truthful point of focus. To the extent that we live these words through active and engaged faith in Jesus Christ we are better able, as our leadership has also urged, to “Be the church.” We hope for interim guidance toward eventually finding settled pastoral leadership and care in the spirit of these truths in the faith that this will bring our journey into actions, which will bear the fruit and witness of the living Christ – present in all of our endeavors.

 

Beginning the Search Process

The Profile Summary was uploaded to the UCC Vermont Conference website (with the full Profile available to qualified candidates). Our designated representative and their staff will filter inquiries for those looking to fill the positions of Pastorship within our state (for UCC churches) - specifically, Interim Pastorship, for us at this time - before releasing our Full Profile to such candidates.

 

For Now

There is no denying that this is a long and involved process. Currently, we are waiting and praying for candidates to apply. Should these next few weeks pass without inquiries for our offered position, we will submit our Profile to others within the UCC - nationally. But…

First, we pray. We continue to Be The Church. We await word… and we await His Word.

 

Search Committee for the Interim Pastor

In accordance with the church by-laws, the Deacons will act as the Search Committee for the Interim Pastor. Please contact a deacon if you have questions, or feel free to call or email the church office: 802-674-5087 or oldsouthchurchwindsor@gmail.com.

 

In Christ,

The Deacons:

Carl Goulet, cg1949@comcast.net, 802-674-6260

Bob Hingston, rwhingston69@gmail.com, 802-359-2434

Tom McGraw, moobloo2@gmail.com, 802-384-2322

Patrick O’Neill, kpmhoneill@gmail.com, 802-291-3208

Donna Palatucci, dpalatucci@comcast.net, 802-356-5567

Pam Rice, pamelajrice@netscape.net, 802-291-1823

 


Pastoral Search Update, October, 2017

We are grateful to have Pastors Karen Lipinczyk and Connie Moser as our Bridge Pastors! Both were hired to start at the end of August - Karen mainly for pulpit supply, and Connie mainly for pastoral care. Karen and Connie work well together, and we are joyful to have them both be a part of OSC during this time.

 

The Recent Survey

Thank you, to all who thoughtfully and prayerfully completed our survey! Your honest responses have been very helpful. We are currently in the process of compiling your answers, finding common threads, and using all of this information to complete a Church Profile for OSC.

 

The Church Profile

Once the Church Profile for OSC is finalized, it will be given to the VT UCC Conference Office, and uploaded to their website. It will be a crucial piece of information to attract, to our church, those seeking Interim Pastorship. Ultimately, the chosen Interim Pastor will spend approximately 18-24 months with us, while we seek a Settled Pastor.

 

Search Committee for the Interim Pastor

In accordance with the church by-laws, the Deacons will act as the Search Committee for the Interim Pastor. Please contact a deacon if you have questions. Also, feel free to call or email the church office: 802-674-5087; oldsouthchurchwindsor@gmail.com.

 

In Christ,

The Deacons:

John Dangelo, jackncat@aol.com, 802-674-5232

Bob Hingston, rwhingston69@gmail.com, 802-359-2434

Tom McGraw, moobloo2@gmail.com, 802-384-2322

Patrick O’Neill, kpmhoneill@gmail.com, 802-291-3208

Donna Palatucci, dpalatucci@comcast.net, 802-356-5567

Pam Rice, pamelajrice@netscape.net, 802-291-1823

Kathy Prevo (pro tem), kjpdcp@aol.com, 802-674-6489

 


A Letter From Our Deacons

Dear Members and Friends of Old South Church,

The news of our Pastor Mandy Lape-Freeberg’s impending departure has filled us with a range of strong emotions. We are truly delighted for Mandy and her family that she has this new opportunity. We are all very grateful for the years of service and leadership Mandy has given us so unstintingly at Old South Church, UCC. We are also deeply sad that she will be leaving us. But even our sadness is mixed with gratitude that she will continue to remain in ministry in our region. Our Pastor’s ‘light’ has never been one to hide beneath a bushel, and this change seems proof positive that we can all expect great things to happen if we place our hearing, our hearts, and our active lives in God’s hands.

Most importantly, and in large part due to the growth we’ve experienced during Mandy’s time here, we are also confident in the strength of the community of Old South and in the prospects for our future together. Thanks again to this leadership and to the work of this congregation over these past nearly seventeen years, we are a strong community grounded in a growing faith in Christ and an active belief and witness that ‘God is Still Speaking’ more than ever in these turbulent times. While the coming transition may be at times uncertain and painful, we also have no doubt that it will prove to be an opportunity for reflection and growth for this church.

The coming transition process, whether or not you’ve been through it before, is always as new to us as it will be to those of you who’ve joined Old South during Mandy’s tenure. If we’ve learned anything - again and again- in these years, it’s that we do not have to do this alone. The Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ will provide us support and resources during this process. As Deacons, we already have a meeting set for July 11th, with Pam Lucas, Associate Conference Minister and we’ve been in steady contact with Lynn Bujnak, the Vermont Conference Minister. We’ve been discussing the steps and timeline of this process, the first step of which will be to seek an interim minister. We will keep you all informed of these events as they unfold.

During this period of change, there will be a lot to do, and we will be calling on you all to be both in prayer as we move forward and to actively work toward maintaining the welcoming community that we’ve been blessed to enjoy for a number of years. We recognize that all of us have many commitments, but we are confidently hopeful that you will, again, prayerfully consider whether there are new roles you might take on at Old South for this transition period and beyond. In the meantime, we will do our very best to be in regular communication about the next steps in this journey. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us.

As Deacons we are grateful for the opportunity to be of service to you and for all of the gifts both past and in the future of the Old South Church Community.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

 

The Deacons of Old South Church:

Bob Hingston

Tom McGraw

Patrick O’Neill

Donna Palatucci

Kathy Prevo

Pam Rice

(Please call or email the church for the deacons' contact information.)