Dear CCC Community,

This communique continues capacity building for our Retreat House Vote on October 22 and provides information on Coordinating Council actions from our October 2 meeting.

Engaging on the Retreat House Motions

We are inside 10 days until we vote on the Retreat House motions.  I gently urge you to get engaged, read materials on our CCC website, and participate in the discussion among the members.  I am happy to report many of you are thoughtfully and prayerfully considering what is the next best move for our faith community.  Thank you!  Here are some key links from our website for you to read:

  • October 22 Retreat House Renovation Motions are here.
  • The Retreat House Task Force PowerPoint Presentation and the Video from October 1 Town Hall are here.
  • The Retreat House Committee and Task Force have also provided the history and previous planning documents on their very informative page here.
  • If you are interested in letting us know now how you can personally help with funding the renovation please use the Letter of Commitment and return it to David Main at maind@ix.netcom.com no later than October 21.All information is kept strictly confidential.
  • As with all congregation decisions we are an inclusive community and welcome all voices.If you would like to share with me your feedback please use this confidential google form at https://goo.gl/forms/BBTJNDLZj0g5SzIj2This form is also available in paper format in the CCC Office in the Moderators Box.The form asks if you want your feedback as part of the formal discussion process on October 22 too so your voice can be heard in our deliberation time.You may also email me directly at moderator@cccsilverspring.org.

October 15 A Gathering to Listen and Support One Another

This Sunday after worship we will provide a time for listening and reflection on our Retreat House decision.  In order for all of us to participate without need of title or position, two facilitators will assist us through simple rituals.  In preparation, here are the four questions that will frame this gathering time:

  • What has been the biggest struggle in this issue for you?
  • If the vote does not go as you hope, what will you need from the church?
  • No matter how the vote goes, how do you hope people will treat each other?
  • Beyond this issue, what do you value of the church?

These questions acknowledge the challenge before us and also affirm us as a faith community.  I urge everyone to come and all are welcome. If you can’t join us consider setting aside some time and use the questions as a way to gain your own clarity and sense of the Spirit’s direction of all of us.

Coordinating Council Action from October 2 Meeting

Finally, I am glad to report the Coordinating Council approved expenditure of unrestricted memorial funds for acquisition and installation of an AED (automated heart defibrillator) unit in our building.  Through a generous gift and the work of the Health Ministry team we will have this life-saving device available to us for emergency use.  Kerri Hufford will be bringing more information in the near future and invitations for training.

Sunday’s around the corner; see you there!

Gwen

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