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Elephant Committee

PURPOSE

The Elephant in the room? “Our congregation is shrinking in numbers”! In discussing problems with balancing our budget, we all acknowledge that more members would provide the additional revenue that we sorely need. To maintain our facilities, there are very few of us that can (or should) be on a ladder or able to crawl into tight spaces to fix something. To participate in the Oyster Festival, we acknowledge that there are very few of us to work the many positions required for setting up the booth, cooking and selling the food, and then cleaning up afterward. And on Sunday mornings, at least at the 1030 service, it’s quite lonely with only 30-some people in attendance, half of whom are supporting or taking part in the service. And the list could go on. This ‘shrinking in numbers” is our “Elephant in the Room” that needs to be corralled as it is overshadowing all that we do.

The purpose of the Elephant Committee is to “corral this elephant” by studying this situation and developing strategies for our church that will promote growth in our parish. Since most of us are complaining about the situation, many of us are probably willing to help.

MEMBERS

Ann de Peyster

adepeyst@sdsu.edu

(858) 699-3599

Lydia Dudley

mavlyd363@gmail.com

(540) 207-4962

   

Bev Hart

beviejhart@aol.com

(804) 306-4560

John Hilliard

jhilliard9170@gmail.com

(804) 840-4618

   

Mary Lynn Landgraf

landgraf2006@comcast.net

(703) 981-3914

 Jeff Loustaunau, Chair

pjlous71@gmail.com

(207) 469-8454

   

 Pam McClelland

pammcclelland46@gmail.com

(804) 832-4234

Grace Parker

parkergrace2010@verizon.net 

(770) 354-5310

   

 Judy Quilter

jquilter6906@gmail.com

(804) 514-5363

 David South

marsouth05@aol.com

(804) 766-6983