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Step 2 (Focus Groups, March 25, March 29 and April 1) Information:

 

Dear Columbia Community,

The Mission Study Team thanks you for all your efforts and contributions with the All Church Survey. 

 

After much discussion and prayer, the Mission Study Team realized using this moment of ‘pause’ during these challenging times can contribute to our process of discerning who we are, what we value and how God is calling us to serve.  Let us embrace these challenges as an invitation to stay connected in new and wonderful ways.   

 

Focus Group Information, Instructions, Questions:

https://columbiapresbyterian.org/files/Questions-for-Focus-Group-Sessions.docx

 

 To prepare to participate in the Focus Group

1. Please pray and reflect on the questions listed below.

 

The Mission Study Team is excited about the opportunity to continue to engage with you during this time! We feel the Holy Spirit asking us to lean into the challenges of today. There is hope and opportunity if we continue to trust in God’s timing. 

 

Question: Can you send your responses via email, instead of joining a Zoom call?  Yes, of course.

However, please know that the Focus Group process builds on the synergy from sharing our stories together.

 

For where two or three gather together as my followers I am there among them.” (Mathew 18:20)

 

Here are the questions for these discussion groups:

1)     What are the most important ways our church has contributed to your life?

2)     Concerning our life together– the ministries and activities that nurture us– How has CPC supported your spiritual growth?

3)     What are the important, central characteristics or ways of life that make our church special?

4)     How have you served your neighbors/ the world?  How have we as CPC, served our neighbors/the world?

 

Zoom meetings were held on the follow dates:

Wednesday 3/25 @ 6 pm/A-G   

Sunday 3/29 @ 10 am /H-M   

Wednesday 4/1 @ 6 pm N-Z

 

 


 

Step 1 (Survey) Information:

 

Columbia Presbyterian conducted a Congregational Survey during worship services on Sunday March 8, 2020, as part of our period of transition.  If you were unable to complete the survey in worship, you had the option of completing the survey at home between March 8 and March 16.    

 

If you did not complete a survey during the active period, you can still participate.  The present way to complete the survey is to request a copy of the survey from Terry Hurley, terryh@columbiapresbyterian.org, or stop by the church office to obtain the survey form.

 


 

Background: 

 

Columbia Presbyterian Church is in a period of transition as we anticipate Pastor Fitz Neal’s retirement at the end of the summer.  There are steps which we will complete as we prepare to call a new pastor.

 

On March 8, 2020, we’ll complete a congregational survey as a part of our worship services.  We encourage everyone who worships with us to participate in this process on March 8.  After March 8, there will be an opportunity to receive a copy of the survey which you can complete and return to us.    

 

Mission Study Two-step Process:

 

Step I

  • Congregational Survey
    • March 8th during worship
    • March 9th – 16th, via downloadable forms.

Step II

  • Focus Groups
    • Sign up for sessions are available in the gathering area on Sundays.  Drop in attendees are welcome as well. 
    • Wednesday Evenings (3/25 or 4/01)
    • Sunday Morning (3/29)

 

Mission Study Team Members:

  • Bill Wheeler, Chair
  • John Van Zytveld
  • Bruce Farnsworth
  • Peggy Swenson
  • Nancy Anderson
  • Diana Gage
  • Angie Woodrow