Please note: Due to COVID-19, the Church Council has approved a recommendation from the Nominating Committee to postpone the annual meeting and election of officers from May, 2020 to the annual meeting previously scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2020.
Conversation With the Candidates
Join the Nominating Committee after worship in Virtual Coffee Hour for a conversation with the candidates running for various lay leadership positions in Riverside commissions and committees. You will get to know the various candidates and why they feel called to serve in the various areas of Riverside. These sessions will be recorded and available for people to watch if they are unable to attend.
Click here to join Virtual Coffee Hour.
– Sunday, October 11: Budget & Planning Committee, Education Commission, Membership Care & Parish Life Commission, Nominating Committee — click here to watch the recording
– Sunday, October 18: Church Council
– Sunday, November 8: Mission & Social Justice Commission, Worship Commission
– Sunday, November 15: Annual Meeting and Election of Officers
Online Voting for the 2020 Lay Leadership Election
This year Riverside members will be able to vote online using an electronic ballot. Temporary changes to relevant State statutes due to the pandemic and affirmative action by the Church Council make this option possible. Voting online is quick, easy, and available 24 hours a day from any location.
Online voting begins on Monday, October 26, 2020 and ends at 3 p.m. (ET) Sunday, November 15, 2020.
*Each member with an email address on file with the Stewardship Office will receive an email from Simply Voting (www.simplyvoting.com) on Monday, October 26, 2020. Simply Voting is the company we have engaged to conduct the online voting process
*If you don’t see the Simply Voting email in your inbox on Monday, be sure to check your spam and junk files. If you don’t receive an email, contact the Nominating Committee immediately at email@example.com.
*The email from Simply Voting will include the link to the ballot, your unique login ID and password, and instructions on how to cast your vote online.
*You can review and change your votes UNTIL you click on “confirm.” No change is possible after your ballot is submitted.
*All voting, whether on line or on paper will remain anonymous. The online vote count and a separate list of names casting online votes will be sent to the Nominating Committee on Sunday, November 15. There are no links between these two reports.
If you prefer, you may request a paper ballot from the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nominating Committee seeks members of The Riverside Church to volunteer, at the church, in October to assist with ballot mailing, and in November with ballot tabulation. If you are interested in volunteering, please email the Nominating Committee today.
2020 Lay Leadership Ballot Slate
Election will begin on October 26 and last through the end of the Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 15.
Budget and Planning Committee
Vote for no more than 2 | (1 is a 3-year term, 1 is a 2-year term)
Vote for no more than 6 | (5 are 3-year terms, 1 is a 2-year term)
Vote for no more than 4 | (All are 3-year terms)
Martha L. Wiggins
Membership Care & Parish Life Commission
Vote for no more than 5 | (4 are 3-year terms, 1 is a 2-year term)
Mission & Social Justice Commission
Vote for no more than 6 | (4 are 3-year terms, 2 are 2-year terms)
Vote for no more than 2 | (All are 3-year terms)
Vote for no more than 7 | (4 are 3-year terms, 2 are 2-year terms, and 1 is a 1-year term)
Appointments to the Church Council
Our By-laws require that these Commission appointments to the Church Council be affirmed by the congregation. Please indicate your agreement to affirm these appointments. (All are 3-year terms)
Hillary Puckett (MCPL)
Victoria Anderson (MSJ)
Jesse Wilkins (Worship)
*What the Asterisks Mean
Guided by the charge in the By-Laws to identify congregants with the “talent and experience needed by (the) various Commissions, Committees, etc.,” and to select nominees having considered each “member’s service to the Church, leadership ability, professional/work skills and experience,” the Nominating Committee this year undertook to make the fullest possible effort to get to know the applicants and to discern as best we could their records of service, abilities, skills, and experience.
The committee thanks all the Riversiders who presented themselves as applicants for nomination. We were impressed by the wide range of talents represented and the deep love for Riverside and commitment to its future as a continuing representation of God’s love as this particular community of faith. All the nominees we present for this election are worthy of your consideration and support. We encourage you to read the candidate’s statements and to ‘meet’ them at our Virtual Coffee Hours on October 11 and 18, and November 8.
The discernment process that the Nominating Committee initiated this year included establishing basic eligibility under the By-Laws, studying Interest Surveys, interviewing applicants, and reviewing references from Riverside members and staff – leading us to endorse nominees as particularly qualified for election. These nominees have an asterisk (*) next to their names.
Because the Church Council holds paramount authority for the actions, activities, policies and programs of the Church, we devoted particular attention to endorsing nominees for the Council.
We believe that everyone at Riverside wants the best lay leadership possible and we believe our discernment process furthers that goal. We hope that succeeding Nominating Committees will continue and refine what we have begun.
Rest assured you should vote for any and all nominees whom you feel are best suited for their respective positions. We believe we have done our part; the choice is yours.
– The Nominating Committee
Patricia Ali, Carolyn Bland, Samuel Coleman (chair), Carol Fouke-Mpoyo, Abosede George (secretary), Imelda isles, Allen Kratz, Charmae Lewis, Una Tapper, Elizabeth Wynne-St.Louis
2020 Lay Leader Election Calendar
October 11 through November 15: Candidate Forums, meet the candidates activities, etc.
Week of October 19: Ballots mailed to Congregation (ballots must be received at the Church by close of Annual Meeting).
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). Ballot tabulation begins after the conclusion of the Annual Meeting.
Sunday, November 22: Election results announced.