Despite a vaccine being on the way it is unrealistic to expect life to be back to normal before Our Savior’s Annual Congregational Meeting that is set for Sunday, January 31st. While there will be greater details shared as preparations proceed in Janu-ary the schedule for the day will be as follows.
- 8:00 a.m. –Livestream Worshipon Facebook. You can worship in real time at 8:00 or later in the day as the worship is recorded and available for viewing after the service.
- 9:15 a.m. –Reflections Worship by Zoom. Use the link on our website homepage to join the Zoom worship service by your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
- 10:30 a.m. –Congregation Annual Meeting by Zoom. An email will be sent out in January with the Zoom Meeting link for you to join the meeting. If you are dialing into the meeting rather than using the internet you will need the following information to gain access: Meeting ID: 871 5408 8771 and Passcode: 695189
Why are we holding the Annual Meeting completely by Zoom instead of a mix of virtual and in person? Despite the creation and delivery of a vaccine it is unrealistic to expect life to return to pre-pandemic ways until late spring/early summer. Additionally there is a realistic expectation that the infection rate will spike even higher after the holidays so in order to keep our congregation safe the Council has determined to hold the meeting by Zoom Meeting rather than even a mix of in person and virtual gathering.
Is this even allowed by our Congregation Constitution? Yes. As long as everyone participating can both hear and be heard by all in attendance then it is a valid congregational meeting by our constitution’s specifications.
What if I don’t have the ability to use a computer? Can I participate if all I have is a house phone or an old flip cell phone? Yes. The Meeting ID and Passcode above are what you will need when dialing into the meeting. Just dial 1-929-205-6099 on your cell and punch in the information when prompted. You will be able to hear the meeting and be heard by every-one in the meeting as well. Your image will simply be your phone number.
How will roll call be taken? We will be recording the meeting so we will have a record of all who are attending. If you are dialing in by phone instead of using the internet you will be asked your name so we can record your name with your phone number that is on the screen.
Why is it so important for members to make the effort to participate this year, especially when it will be so challenging? In addition to the election of Council and Memorial Gift Board members as well as approving the 2021 Financial Plan for Ministry the big topic for discussion and voting of members is the creation of the New Beginnings Childcare of Our Savior. This will be a separate 501(c)3 ministry subsidiary of Our Savior that is intended to pick up where Haddonfield Child Care left off after they had to close due to the financial repercussions created by reduced enrollment during the pandemic. There will be a separate informational piece going out in January on this single issue for the congregation to discuss and approve at the Annual Meeting.