Updates from the Church Council

Updated April 4, 2020:

Dear Riverside Brothers and Sisters,

Times like these test and affirm our Faith.  As the Church Council, we want to assert – we aren’t alone.  God loves us and will provide for us.  Isaiah 41:10 is clear:

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

The Council wants to thank Rev. Livingston, the ministers, and the staff for their dedication and commitment to the Riverside community.  They continue to offer spiritual comfort and guidance in addition to the many services they provide us as we, and they, shelter in place.

Please know that members of the Church Council are praying with you and for you while we share in the ministry of the church and management of its affairs.  Please keep the first responders, the physicians, the nurses, and the other healthcare professionals in your thoughts and prayers.  Many in our congregation are serving on the front lines of this pandemic as first responders and healthcare professionals.

While matters of health are foremost on our minds, we must also keep in our prayers those who are struggling with a job loss, job insecurity, and business owners who must juggle a myriad of issues.

At the most recent Church Council meeting, the Council, at the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, voted to postpone the May Annual Meeting until a date in September or later, if necessary.  We also agreed to postpone the lay leadership election.

In a practical sense, what does this mean?  What do the Bylaws say?  If the elections are delayed, can new candidates be nominated?  If we are on State-required lockdown, how can prospective candidates collect 100 signatures?  Working with the Nominating Committee, the Council will have more specific answers to these and other questions.  Until the 2020 elections are completed, current lay leaders will continue to serve.

Until further notice, Church Council meetings will be held electronically. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 27.  Participants may attend this meeting via video and/or audio.  If you would like to dial into the meeting, please email ChurchCouncil@trcnyc.org.  We will respond with dial-in instructions.

Other Commissions and Committees may also offer electronic / virtual access to their meetings.

Please remain connected to your family, friends, neighbors, and of course, your Riverside family. Remember to be generous, forgiving, and flexible as we engage in this new shared experience of distance fellowship and leadership.

May God bless each of you, your family, our elected leaders, and our world as we move towards the holiest time of the Christian calendar.

Please click this link to see a selection of the services being offered by our local and national charities and governments.

Prayerfully,
The Church Council

To reach Riverside Ministers and Staff:  (212) 870-6700
To reach Church Council members:  ChurchCouncil@trcnyc.org