Updates from the Church Council

Updated August 26, 2020:

Dear Riverside Siblings, Sisters, and Brothers,

This update from the Church Council contains links to the recent Town Hall notes and contacts for each Council member, as well as a devotional.

Prayerfully,
The Church Council

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


Updated August 11, 2020:

Dear Riverside Siblings, Sisters, and Brothers,

Thank you to everyone who was able to make time after worship this past Sunday to attend our second Virtual Town Hall.  The conversation was lively and productive, and we wanted to share more information about one of the biggest topics discussed:  the upcoming Lay Leadership election.

As part of the process for planning for our upcoming Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 15, we are sharing with you these important dates from the Nominating Committee, which has been hard at work interviewing those who have expressed interest in serving our church as elected lay leaders.

We will continue to provide further details about the Annual Meeting and the election process as we align our activities with evolving guidance and best practices related to COVID-19, but in the meantime, here are important dates for you to consider as you participate in the process of electing the lay leaders who will take office immediately following the Annual Meeting:

Wednesday, September 16:  Deadline for the Nominating Committee to announce nominees, i.e., “at least 60 days prior to Annual Meeting” (By-laws, Article V.4.a.i).

Wednesday, October 7:  Deadline for “any additional person eligible for elective office to submit a petition of nomination signed by at least 100 voting members of the Church, along with a written statement signed by the nominee stating that she or he will serve if elected,” i.e., “within 21 days of the announcement of the nominees by the Nominating Committee” (By-Laws, Article V.4.a.ii).

Sunday, November 15:  Annual Meeting. Deadline for all ballots to “be received by the close of business of the Annual Meeting” (By-laws, Article V.4.d).

We look forward to sharing more information about the elections and the Annual Meeting soon.  Please bookmark and visit www.trcnyc.org/layleadership for the latest news and information about the election, including the names of those who have submitted Lay Leadership Interest Survey forms to the Nominating Committee.

In the meantime, please direct any questions to the chair of the Nominating Committee, Samuel Coleman, at nomcom@trcnyc.org.

Prayerfully,

Marilyn Mitchell
Chair, Church Council

Samuel Coleman
Chair, Nominating Committee

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


Updated May 26, 2020:

Dear Riverside Siblings, Sisters, and Brothers,

The Church Council offers each of you greetings and prayers during these challenging times of physical separation and social isolation. The entire Council prays you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, and each of us longs for the day when we can be with you again worshipping in the Nave. Working in close coordination with members of our clergy and staff, the Council has been hard at work developing programming and plans to bring our congregation together as best we can in these times of physical separation.

One of the most important tasks we have embarked upon, with help from our clergy, is to begin personally calling every Riverside member we have a telephone number for, and reaching out via email to those for whom we either don’t have a number on record or the number is outdated. This gesture of personal touch and connection, checking in on the members of our beloved community, is an important and heartfelt expression of pastoral care to remind our members that we are not alone and we will get through this together. If you haven’t yet received a phone call, or if you aren’t sure your phone number is up-to-date or in our database, please email churchcouncil@trcnyc.org and we will be sure to add you to the list to receive a call.

We are also pleased to invite each of you to a virtual Town Hall forum on Sunday, June 7 after worship, at approximately 12:15 p.m., in lieu of the regular Virtual Coffee Hour. We look forward to seeing you there and answering some of the questions raised at the previous Town Hall.  More details will be shared soon, but we hope you’ll mark your calendar and make plans to participate in this gathering of our community and elected lay leaders.

Finally, we wanted to be sure you were aware of all of Riverside’s online ministries and offerings while we stay home. Our commissions, clergy, and staff have created a wide variety of offerings, from worship to Bible study to small group classes and more, for individuals and families to stay connected online, and we encourage you to find one that’s right for you at www.trcnyc.org/online. We are also pleased to share community resources available during COVID-19, as well as announcements of a blood drive on May 29 and a recruitment announcement seeking contact tracers from Riverside’s local neighborhood, at www.trcnyc.org/nycresources.

Prayerfully,
The Church Council

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


Updated April 4, 2020:

Dear Riverside Siblings, Sisters, and Brothers,

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