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4/18/2010 - Janine PenfieldI’m Janine Penfield of the Newcomer Committee.
Our role is to welcome newcomers and visitors, plan welcoming activities, support other groups that welcome, and review church guidelines for membership.
Growing up in a faith community that didn’t focus on fellowship, this manifestation of Christ’s message was a revelation to me. I am challenged by the current version of the Newcomers to be more visible and more organized so, for instance, brunches occur on a regular basis. The ongoing challenge is having everyone in the parish realize they are de facto members of the newcomer committee.
The Newcomers rely heavily upon the human resources of the parish. Our relationships with Anne, Susan and Nancy in the office and Ted as sexton are essential. We rely on church school staff to help us identify and welcome new families. We use office resources to print nametags, invitations, directories and other materials.
Thank you for generously supporting the operating budget of the parish, and for your feedback and support of the Welcome Table.