September 2020 Newsletter

Dear Chapel Family,

We are blessed and encouraged by each of you. Thank you for praying for the church as we follow where the Lord leads and pursue what He has in store for us. In light of several new developments we felt it best to communicate with you again via a newsletter. The reality of transition is underway and is not easy, but His promises are true that He will lead and guide us through this season.

Here are some of the things that are going on here at the Chapel.

STAFF

Dave and Jen Collie have been serving Chapel faithfully for the last 4 years. Jen has been our Children’s Ministry Director and Dave has worked alongside her and also served on our Elder Board. They believe to have been called to focus more on their non-profit ministry, Hospitality Matters. Jen’s last day on staff will be August 31, 2020. As of now they are intending to relocate in Kentucky, closer to Jen’s family.

We are excited to have Angela Hammons step up as our Interim Children’s Director. Angela comes highly recommended by other pastors she served under and her energetic enthusiasm will be a great addition to our staff. She is working another full time job so her involvement will primarily be evenings and of course weekends.

With a targeted time set for Pastor Dennis’s retirement, the Ortmanns have been praying and contemplating what their next steps may be. Ali has served our church alongside Pastor Dennis for over 20 years in many different capacities, most recently as our bookkeeper.  Through an online job search, Ali has been offered and accepted a job in Florida with an English/German speaking firm. She will be working through a three month probationary period starting in September and will know by early December the finality of the employment opportunity. Her last day of employment at Chapel will be August 31, 2020.  Due to the suddenness of her move, we are looking for an Interim Part-time Bookkeeper to fill her shoes as soon as possible. The job entails about 10 hours per week. Please contact the church office for a job description and please send in a resume if this is a job you believe are qualified to do.

Pastor Dennis will continue to pastor the Chapel as the Search Committee seeks the new Senior Pastor that the Lord has for our church. Please see the separate letter providing up to date details.

IMPROVING COMMUNICATION

Ever feel like you are the last to hear about something that is happening at the Chapel? There is a simple solution. Go to our website, thchapel.org and subscribe to our email notification system. You will find a quick form to fill out and you will be automatically notified if there is any news posted. As a matter of fact, you would have received this newsletter a few days earlier if you were already signed up. Do it today.

Upcoming

Dick Williams is planned to minister Sunday morning September 13

COVID 19

As we are still navigating the uncertainties of Covid 19, please let us continue to be mindful of the safety measures in place, as well as be respectful of each other’s concerns. If you are more comfortable having a mask, please be at ease in wearing one. Masks are available from an usher.

GIVING

We would like to thank the Chapel Family for your faithful giving. There are several ways you can give. Although we are not currently passing the offering bags on Sunday mornings, there are offering boxes at the front of the Sanctuary, at the back of the Sanctuary and in the foyer. You can also continue to give through the Give+ app on your phone or at thchapel.org.  It is also possible to give through your online banking.

“So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful  giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NKJV)

Pastor’s thought on John 12:24-26

Life is not always measured in terms of gain but also in terms of loss – not in just receiving but also in giving!

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much [a]grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”

Pulpit Committee Update

August 24, 2020

The Pulpit Search Committee would like to extend our deep-felt gratitude to all who participated in the congregational survey.  Your input has helped guide our prayers, our hearts, and priorities as we undergo this search.  The general consensus of the survey revealed hopes that our next pastor will be approachable, gifted in the areas of teaching and biblical exposition, and someone who loves, disciples and mentors people well.  The Elders and members of the Search Committee wholeheartedly agree with the congregation and are also praying that this person will possess qualities/giftings that can facilitate reconciliation and healing to and within our body. 

We are excited to share that God has been faithful in leading approximately fifty well-qualified and gifted individuals to apply for the senior pastor position.  Of these, many have possessed the qualities spoken about above.  After considerable research, discussion and prayer, the Search Committee has narrowed the list down to six candidates who will be interviewed over the next couple weeks. 

After this initial round of interviews, the Search Committee will conduct a second round of interviews with the candidates and their wives, and check references.  As a result, we hope to recommend two or three candidates to the Elders, who will in turn pray and seek the Lord’s direction, and begin communication with the candidates.  At that point the Elders will consider if any of the candidates should be invited to speak.  Once the Elders and a candidate believe that Chapel is the place for him, a meeting will be scheduled at which the members of the congregation will vote to approve or not approve the candidate.

At this time, it is unclear how long the whole process may take, but it is our desire to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, the incoming pastor’s needs and the Ortmann’s situation.  We hope to be as open and transparent as possible during this season and encourage anyone who has questions to email the search committee at thchapelsearchcommittee@gmail.com.  At this time, we also ask that questions be addressed to the entire search committee so that we may remain united and pray about each one.

We love you Chapel in the Pines, and more than anything we ask that you will continually uphold the Search Committee, the Elders, the Ortmanns and our future pastor in prayer.