by Rev. Dr. Marty Kuchma, Senior Pastor
So I sit with many questions streaming through my brain. And they’re all over the map. Here are just a few of the things on my mind at the moment.
How can we make Sunday morning announcements more efficient and effective? The Music Team and I have been bandying about various possibilities. It would be a genuine loss if we were to eliminate time for people to speak up on Sunday mornings about various things that matter to them; that is part of who we are, warm, welcoming, informal, personal. And I love that about us. But we can’t – can we? – afford to have announcements go 17-18 minutes each week. We can’t start announcements early because another one of our charms – really – is that many of us tend to get there right on time, often rushing from other commitments.
A related question has to do with ensuring that everyone has the best chance to actually hear what others say. So a proposal now on the table is that we set up a microphone near the lectern and ask people making announcements to sit in the front pew to start, then come up in turn to speak. Does that provide enough order to our weekly ritual without losing aspects of the process that are important?
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