Moderator's Message

February 2021

One Month In: 

An Update From The Moderator

Well my friends, the first month of 2021 is over and we are already in the business of getting things back on track here at First Congregational Church of Escondido (FCCE). The year 2021 has a lot of promise, as we look forward to resuming in-person services, and the eventual return to our sanctuary. I am very excited about the many things we will do together this year and the many accomplishments we will make. So hold on, it's gonna be one heck of a ride!

 

As most of you have probably noticed, our office administrator, Alma, decided to move on. For the past month Pastor Holgie and the FCCE Office Angels' have been keeping up with emails and phone calls, plus all the other items our office administrator would normally take care of. We wish Alma well on her future endeavors, and are already in the process of looking for our new office administrator. The FCCE Personnel Support Team met last Sunday to begin the process and we are well on the way to finding the next office administrator. I look forward to announcing the position being filled to the congregation soon.

 

Another great update, the FCCE Personnel Support Team will also begin looking for our youth pastor/director soon. We have discussed the position with Pastor Holgie and look forward to putting together the job description and begin the search this year. There is a lot of work that will need to be done to ensure we find someone who will be great for our youth here at FCCE. A lot of this work can still be done during the COVID-19 restrictions.

 

And lastly, some of you may know that our Vice Moderator Danny Castro and his family will be moving to the East Coast sometime this year.  Danny has served us well as vice-moderator, and his lovely wife Jennifer has been right there serving alongside him. Their family will truly be missed here at FCCE. I want to thank them both from the bottom of my heart, for all the selfless and great work they have done here. With that being said, I guess you fine people will be stuck with me as your moderator for a little bit longer. I look forward to working with the Nomination Committee this Spring, to ensure you have a great slate of officers, ready to take the reigns and immediately begin working for our awesome congregation.  With that being said, I guess you fine people will be stuck with me as your moderator for a little bit longer. I look forward to working with the Nomination Committee this Spring, to ensure you have a great slate of officers, ready to take the reigns and immediately begin working for our awesome congregation.

Gary A. Patterson, Moderator