February 5, 2014
Dear KUC Family,
I wanted to offer an update about the arrival of our new senior minister, Dr. William A. Evertsberg, and his wife, Kathy, and to let you know about activities we have planned to introduce you to them.
Soon, Bill and Kathy will be packing up their home in Greenwich, Connecticut and starting their drive to the North Shore. They will move into the Hamptondale Manse in Winnetka and, over time, determine if that house is right for them for the longer term.
Bill’s first Sunday in the pulpit will be March 2. He will preach at all three services that day. Following the 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services, we will introduce and welcome Bill and Kathy. (I think we can count on cake being served to mark the occasion.) We will have “name tag Sunday” every week during March and April to help Bill and Kathy begin to familiarize themselves with the names and faces of our congregants. On March 16, we will have a potluck dinner at church in honor of the Evertsbergs and our new members who will join the church that day. Please join us and greet the Evertsbergs and our newest members.
There are many other activities currently in the planning stages. And, I’m sure many of you would like to extend a social invitation to the Evertsbergs so you can get to know them in a more intimate setting. I encourage you to give them some time to get settled before inviting them over. Until we get administrative support in place for Bill, Diane Hart has graciously agreed to maintain a centralized calendar for Bill, so all invitations and events will be cleared through her.
Diane is also giving generously of her time and talents by chairing a transition committee we’ve put in place. The transition committee was established to plan our farewell to Don and Meg Dempsey and to thank them for guiding us through our transition with warmth, grace and wisdom as well as to help Bill and Kathy Evertsberg get settled at KUC and in our community.
Joining Diane and me on the transition committee are:
I’d like to thank the members of the transition committee for their ongoing service.
I’d also like to extend our gratitude to the members of the senior minister search committee who, under the leadership of Keith Yamada, worked so hard for so long as they carefully and prayerfully considered candidates to be our next senior minister. As you get to know Bill Evertsberg, I think you will agree that they made an outstanding choice. Please take a moment to thank Keith and all of the search committee members:
As we begin this new year, I couldn’t be more optimistic or enthusiastic about our church. We are blessed with an amazing, talented, caring team of ministers in Bill Evertsberg, Jo Forrest and Katie Snipes Lancaster. We have a full calendar of events in the coming weeks and months to educate and inspire us, to deepen our faith and to serve others.
I look forward to seeing you soon and encourage you to consider inviting a friend, a neighbor or even a member who hasn’t attended for a while to come and listen to our thought-provoking ministers on Sunday and to participate in the vibrant community of faith that is Kenilworth Union Church.