Candidating Week is Here! Come Meet the Minister!

The week of May 20 – 27 there will be many opportunities to meet the ministerial candidate.  These are opportunities to explore how we can work together in ministry if we call our candidate and the call is accepted.  The events are a time for asking questions you have, answering questions from the minister, exploring possibilities, having fun, and letting the candidate see what a wonderful community we have. We have endeavored to be inclusive.  We had an extremely tight timeline for getting the schedule together; if you feel your group is missing, please contact Kathy Kerns ([email protected]; 330/677-1014), and know that any omissions are unintended!

Some events are by invitation for specific groups, some are open to all. Here is a summary:

Events Open to the Entire Congregation:

Date Time Event
Sun 5/20 Candidate preaching, special coffee hour
Tues 5/22 9 – 10:30AM Coffee with the minister at Wild Goats  319 W. Main Street, Kent
Wed 5/23 3:30- 5:00PM Coffee with the Minister at Scribbles   237 N. Water Street, Kent
Sat 5/26 10 to 11:30AM Chat with the Minister (Church Sanctuary)
Sun 5/27 Candidate preaching, special coffee hour, and congregational meeting (1PM) to vote on calling a minister!  Be there for this celebratory event!


Large Potluck Events:   If you are involved in these areas you should receive an e-mail invite, but feel free to contact the point person if questions:

Music Ministries (Hal)

Religious Education (Lily and Colleen)

Social Justice (Vivien)


Smaller, Theme Based Events: We have organized groups around specific ministries.  This is to allow the leaders working in those areas an opportunity to talk about that area of ministry with the candidate.  These are intended to be smallish gatherings (15 or fewer people).  If you are a member of one of these groups, and have not yet been contacted, please contact your group’s leader for details about your event:

MSC Board Finance Teams Pastoral Care Teams MET
Membership COM Worship Associates Retirees/Library
Master Plan BET Staff Leadership Development


More Questions?

Contact a member of the Ministerial Search Committee.

Kathy Slater, chair

Becky Cline

Don Easterling

Saul Flanner

Bonnie Harper

Kathy Kerns

Rod Thompson

Gene Wenninger (Honoring his work with us)


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