Apr 30 2015

Planning Study to Begin

With the support of the Congregation, The Next Steps Task Force has retained Brian Raiche and Cornerstone Fundraising, a professional religious and non-profit fundraising firm, to conduct a capital campaign planning study.

During the next several weeks, First Parish members will be contacted and asked to take part in the study. Staff from the Cornerstone team will be conducting one-on-one personal interviews and focus groups with randomly selected families and individuals of the Congregation. A direct mail study questionnaire will be mailed to every home as well and will be available to complete during social hour.

 Careful consideration and thoughtful planning are required for us to take this step. This is why feedback from members is of the utmost importance at this time. Your opinions and suggestions will enable us to form a final plan that will help meet the needs of our entire community.

All responses to the planning study will be confidential and no names will be attributed to remarks or comments made.

We are most grateful for your advice, counsel and willingness to participate in this process so that we may perform this study with your open and honest input.

Questions — see John Schneider, [email protected] or @jrsgateway


Thank you for your continued support!


Standing Committee

The Standing Committee is the Church's governing board. The Standing Committee works to ensure the vitality of our community of faith. There are 10 members of the Standing Committee – nine voting members elected by the congregation and the minister, who is a non-voting member of the Committee. Standing Committee members serve a 3 year term.

The Standing Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm. Time is set aside at the beginning of every SC meeting as an open forum for members to bring forward any issues they would like to discuss.

The Standing Committee is responsible for the health and well being of First Parish. This includes maintaining communication among members and committees, managing Church property, and planning for the Church's short and long-term future. And of course members of the Standing Committee develop and manage the budget approved by the Congregation at the annual meeting.
The Human Resources Committee is a sub-committee of the Standing Committee.