In the past three weeks, the Pastoral Search Committee of the Federated Church of Ashland has presented to the congregation three pastoral candidates. The Search Committee is now seeking input on each of those three candidates from the general membership of the church.
Courtesy of the Pastoral Search Committee, three very different pastors lead services at the Federated Church of Ashland in October. First, on October 7, Reverend Farley preached on understanding the obstacles God puts before us. Then, on October 14, Reverend Mulligan preached on the application of scripture to some of our pressing social issues. Finally, on October 21, Reverend Yeaton preached on the church's changing role in the community.
Those who were unable to attend any of those services are invited to watch the video recordings of those services through the WACA website or the "WACA-TV Ashland" channel on Youtube.
The October 14 service is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aObjFFtaHBo.
The October 21 service was not yet available online at the time of this submission.
All three of the candidates from October are ordained by the Baptist branch. However, the Search Committee recently met with Reverend Gallagher of the UCC branch in an effort to interview more UCC candidates. Since the Pastoral Search Committee passed on the first candidate presented by the Methodist branch, that branch is not likely to send any other candidates for interviews.
The UCC branch instructed the Pastoral Search Committee to update its church profile and resubmit it. The church profile is an extensive and detailed packet explaining the administration, demographic, finances and history of the church. It will take a few weeks for the update to be completed, approved and resubmitted.
The Pastoral Search Committee will continue to identify and interview candidates. However, strong support by the congregation for any of the October candidates could result in a formal endorsement for the supported candidate. Therefore, it is important that you contact a member of the Search Committee to share your thoughts on the various candidates and the needs of the church.
The members of the Pastoral Search Committee are Ruth Hanning,
Busi Maswoswe, Pete Russo, Brett Walker and Porter Woodward.
Please contact any of these five members and tell them which pastoral candidate you think is best able to grow the Federated Church of Ashland.