Dear Community of Hope,
We are excited to inform you that the straw poll was very promising for our move toward becoming a reconciling congregation. Over 85% of the participants indicated that they were in support or leaning toward adopting the RMN statement and affiliating with the Reconciling Ministries Network. We did gather a couple more questions as well which are addressed in our questions from the congregation document that can be found at https://shorturl.at/tFHJ6. The zoom from the town hall can be found at https://youtu.be/QwfLwgTuMwk.
We would like to reiterate that becoming a Reconciling Congregation does not limit our work as a church body to only one population. We will continue the missional work we are currently doing and we hope to continue to grow as a missional church for all under the direction of our new pastoral team.
The Core Team will be sharing the information from our straw poll with Heather and Colin as they come on board and will work with them to develop a plan for the official vote on affiliating with the Reconciling Ministry Network. Per RMN guidelines we will be inviting all members AND regular attendees to vote. In order to participate in the vote you need to consider Community of Hope your church home and demonstrate that by attending church activities for at least six months. Our straw poll did help us discover some issues with our virtual vote option that we will work to sort out as we approach the official vote.
Please reach out and let us know what you need, what concerns you have, or how you feel we should adapt this process. This is a lay-led process and your input is valuable.
RM Core Team- Jessica Hamlyn, Loretta Parsons, Crystal Lorch, Beckie Adams, Jerry and Colleen Dixon, Rebecca Dorn, Betsy Fitzgerald, Pat Bennett, and Donna Hicks.