This is an opportunity for us to get to know our ministerial candidate and for this person to get to know us. In addition to preaching on both Sundays, the candidate will participate in a variety of events especially planned to help facilitate this getting-to-know-you process.
It is our goal to have as many congregants meet the candidate as is possible. We have scheduled a variety of events at different times of the day and at various venues to make it easy for people to attend. Please consider attending several events throughout the week. This is your chance to speak directly to the candidate, ask questions, and offer your thoughts about our congregation.
Some events will be potlucks or receptions; some will be meetings with specific committees or groups. Several events such as the picnic will be open to all congregants. We encourage you to attend as many candidating week events as possible so you can acquaint yourself with our candidate.
On May 8 there will be a congregational meeting to vote on ratifying the Search Committee’s choice and extending the call to ministry to this candidate. As in any congregational meeting, there will need to be a quorum of members attending in order to hold the vote. This vote is a critical step in the search process as it demonstrates the congregation’s commitment to the candidate. It is crucial to spend time getting to know the candidate during candidating week.
There will also be an opportunity for volunteers to coordinate and staff some of these events, which is another important way to participate in candidating week. Once an announcement has been made there will be a burst of activity to get this organized. There will be some intense planning going on, and it will require a committed effort by all of us to orchestrate so many events in a single week.

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