The seed that fell on good soil are those who hear the word and commit themselves to it with a good and upright heart. Through their resolve, they bear fruit.
— Luke 8:15
Common English Bible

Dear Friends,

HOLY COW!! After a summer of waiting, we are fast bearing down on finding out the results of the survey we spent so much time promoting last May and June. I don’t know about you, but I’m eager to find out what our Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) Survey has to say about the current state of our ministry and where we might be headed in the future.

The good news is that we finally have all the information we need about when and where all this will be taking place. The “When” is Saturday, September 14th at 10:00 a.m. The “Where” turns out to be our very own church. FCC will play host for three of the congregations that have been involved in the Church Leadership for the Twenty-First Century class. Following our own feedback session, from 10 to noon, the Newfields Community Church will have theirs from noon to 2, followed by the South Newbury Union Church from 2 to 4. Kimberly Bergstrand, our Holy Cow Consulting representative, will be leading us through the sessions, giving us all the information we need to understand the data that applies to each of our own congregations.

In addition to when and where, of course, there is the question of “Who.” And the Who is You! We will be encouraging all of our staff and lay leaders to attend our feedback session. But the session will also be open to any of our church members and friends who would like to have a first-hand discussion of the information. We will, naturally, be talking about the survey throughout the coming year, as we work to put it to good use in new plans and programs. But we are hoping to have a very large showing for this first meeting so that as many of you as possible will be on board right from the beginning. If at all possible, please plan to join us for our CAT Feedback session, 10 to noon on Saturday, September 14th.
The day promises to be fun and interesting, and a wonderful launch into our coming church year.

Yours in Christ,
Rev. Kevin

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