Small Group Discussions

The profile committee would like to thank all of you who participated in the online CAT survey. We will have a results summary to share in January.

The next step in our process is small group discussions, during coffee hour, Sunday, 12/3. A member of the profile committee will join each table at coffee hour to ask some questions and listen to your feedback. Refreshments will be provided by the hospitality team and child care will be available. Please plan to stay after worship and participate!

The Church Assessment Tool (CAT)

Recently, you have heard and read about one aspect of this process: The Church Assessment Tool (CAT). This tool will provide a clearer picture of who we are as a church and what directions might be important for our future.

Your response is very important to us. We are asking you to participate in the CAT. You will receive an email with a link to the CAT. We ask that you take the on-line assessment as soon as possible, but before Monday, Nov 20. If you have not received such an email, please contact one of the Profile Committee members.

All answers are strictly anonymous. We have no way of matching any assessment to a particular person, so please feel free to candidly share your perceptions, opinions and experiences.

The assessment will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Please set aside enough time to complete the survey all at one time. Our future together is dependent on your participation and honest answers.

If you have questions about the CAT, please contact Andrea Riseden-Perry or any of the other Profile Committee members.

Andrea Riseden-Perry
Bob Malone
Carol Rypkema
Greg Walrath
Keri Morgret
Valerie Kelley

Congregational Responses

Thank you to all who took the time to respond to our questions posted in the rotunda. About half of our regular attendees wrote a response.
To the question of your favorite thing about SHSP, the responses overwhelmingly centered on the people — our sense of community, our accepting and welcoming nature, our desire to help one another in the church, and in the larger community. Also notable, the Music/Choir programs, and “cookies and cheese”.
To the question about an area for growth at SHSP, most of the responses related to increasing our outreach in one way or another; from more formal programs, to better use of our facility in the service of others, and reaching out to our neighbors actively, both in our immediate area and in the larger community. A few of you mentioned some adding some social activities to our calendar, inclusion of youth, growing our numbers, and a few suggestions for small changes to our worship services.

What’s Next?

The next step involving the whole congregation is an online survey, the Church Assessment Tool (CAT). We hope to launch the survey on November 5. Watch for more information about how to access the survey and be ready to participate! Your answers are completely anonymous, so please answer honestly to we can have the most accurate data for our profile and subsequent search.
Questions may be directed to any member of the Profile Committee, posted on the old hymn boards as you enter the Fellowship Hall.

Profile Committee Request

The Profile Committee is asking ALL of you to prayerfully think about two questions regarding our congregation:

  1. What is your favorite thing about the St. Hilda St. Patrick community?
  2. What do you see as an opportunity for growth in the St. Hilda St. Patrick community?

Over the next three Sundays, we will gather your answers to these questions on two large posters in the rotunda. You are encouraged to write your responses on the provided sticky notes and place them on to the appropriate poster. The sticky notes method preserves your anonymity, but if you would like to sign your name, that is fine, too.

Remember, this is about our congregation and our future vicar — we all have a voice in this. Please participate prayerfully and honestly!

Profile Committee First Meeting

The Profile Committee (commissioned on Aug. 27) held our first meeting on Sunday, Sept 24. Karen Gusse, the diocesan search consultant, joined us to review the overall plan and help us kick off the process. Over the next several months, the group will be completing a 15-part description of our church community and what we are looking for in a new vicar. As of now, the committee plans to meet about twice a month to further the process. While the effort will be lead by this team, everyone at St. Hilda St. Patrick’s has a role to play. A general survey will be coming to ask your opinion, and you may be approached personally by a member of the team for your input. Since our future vicar is a shepherd for ALL of us, we ask that you participate prayerfully, enthusiastically, and honestly when called.
Top: Bill Plankenhorn, Greg Walrath
Bottom: Andrea Riseden-Perry, Carol Rypkema, Valerie Kelley, Rick Paul
Profile Committee

Profile Committee

Profile Committee

As we enter into the first phase of finding our next vicar, we have selected and are praying for our Profile Committee.  Its members are Rick Paul, Valerie Kelley, Greg Walrath, Andrea Riseden-Perry, Bill Plankenhorn and Carol Rypkema.

Together they will oversee a survey of our congregation members, review the feedback with a consultant from the Diocese, and author a document which tries to paint a picture of who St Hilda St Patrick is; how we feel called to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our broader neighborhood; and what traits and experience we are looking for in our next vicar.

The written profile must be an open, honest representation of our church, and it must present a welcoming invitation to others.

Once our profile has been completed and blessed by Bishop Greg, it will be posted to our website and to a search website for interested clergy to see and respond.

At that point we will then enter into our next phase – the Search Committee.

Please join us in praying for our Profile Committee and for each other in the months to come.

In peace and grace,

Michael Rader
Senior Warden

Welcome, Father Miller

The Rev. Mark Miller is the interim priest for the rest of 2017 and into 2018. He retired this past year after many decades of experience. “I have found this church full of very cooperative leaders and members who are ardent in love for this congregation and dedicated to making it available and welcoming for all persons,” he said after the first months this summer.