Fellowship Meal: Wednesdays 6-7pm
Suggested donation: $5 adults, $2 children 10 & under
The meal will be held in Fellowship Hall with food provided by local restaurants. All are welcome.
Meet and Greet: Special invitation to join us Jan 21 or Jan 29, 6-7pm, at the Mayan Theater Cafe with members of the Lindsay family and others.
A Film You Do Not Want to Miss!
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The purple, underlined link, above, takes you to a version of the Constitution & Bylaws that calls out the proposed changes. (A summary of the proposed revisions is here.)
These proposed revisions will be voted on at the
Annual Meeting, Feb 8, 11:30 in the sanctuary. Please come: We need a quorum of Rockland members. Other items on the agenda include
- Approving the 2015 Budget
- Voting in new leaders
- Reviewing the past year and looking forward to 2015
February 7, 6pm
Mt Vernon Country Club
Hearts for Romania
...a romantic dinner and dance to benefit our continuing Rockland-Romania outreach.
$75 per attendee
RSVP by Jan 30 - 303-526-0668 x303
Passing the Leadership Baton
— a letter from Pastor Ken Williams to the Rockland Congregation —
January 6, 2015
To our Rockland Family,
Thirty years ago this week, Kathy and I arrived at Rockland with Alex, Erin and our soon-to-be-born son, Russell. We were young, energetic and delighted to be serving this church. It has been a privilege to be your pastor for so many years, and Kathy and I am very thankful for it.
After months of prayer and reflection, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for me to pass the leadership baton to a younger pastor. Beginning more than a year ago, we spent nine months searching for a third and younger pastor. Unfortunately, we didn’t find the right person. During this process, it became clear to be me that our next search for a pastor would need to be for my successor.
I am the one who initiated this process and I am the one who asked the Elders of our church last June to develop a succession plan, which is now ready to go.
One of the first things we did together was to read and discuss a new book by William Vanderbloemen called Next: Pastoral Succession That Works. William is the head of a prominent pastoral search firm in Houston. He spent a day with us in early December and helped us formulate our plan.
When we are ready to begin our search, his firm will conduct a national search for suitable candidates that will meet our criteria. His firm will then recommend four to six candidates to our Pastoral Search Committee, which has not yet been finalized. The Search Committee will interview these candidates and hopefully select one of them, who will then be brought before our congregation to preach a sermon and to meet with people. The congregation will then vote on whether to accept this candidate as our new pastor.
At first, the new pastor will be a lead co-pastor serving along with me. Though the details still need to be worked out, I will then serve as a lead co-pastor for approximately six months to help with the transition.
Ed will have an invaluable role to play in this process. After I leave, he will continue to serve as a bridge for our congregation.
We have been told that pastoral transitions like this can be very difficult, especially when a pastor has served a church for thirty years. I am committed to doing everything I can to make this work. Kathy and I love this church and we love all of you, and we want this church to thrive and to grow in the future.
We will do everything we can to keep you informed throughout this process. We ask for your prayers, love and support.
I will be preaching this Sunday and am planning to tell a few stories of what it has been like to be the lead pastor here for the last thirty years. I might even pull out some of my old jokes and illustrations!
Kathy and I are looking forward to this next chapter in our lives, and we believe it is an exciting time for our church as we look to the future. I will be on vacation next week, but would be glad to talk with you after I return. In the meantime, if you would like to speak with anyone regarding this transition, our Elders (Kim Wolniak, Jed Burnham, Dick Parks, Linda Smith, Gordon Steere and Mike Wittmann) would be glad to talk with anyone who is interested.
Yours in Christ,