On Sunday, April 11th, we will celebrate the music ministry of Richard Dickson at a reception in the Fellowship Hall after the 9.15 a.m. Classic Worship. Richard has been at the Chapel since August 1998. We will miss him greatly. He has contributed many memorable moments during that tenure. As a colleague I have appreciated his experience and expertise over the years I have been at the Chapel. He has enriched our worship in so many different ways, and will be difficult, if not impossible, to replace. We can only be grateful that we have had the opportunity to enjoy his gifts as long as we have. His move to Jacksonville has opened up to him a new phase of his and Janet’s life. We sincerely wish him the very best as he seeks to fulfill the vocation to which God has called him.
We will not be seeking a replacement for Richard until the summer. The Board has asked Ron Kolar to chair a Long Range Planning Committee to look at our mission and vision, and to help us plan for the future. Until we have more clarity in our direction it is wise for us to wait on staffing decisions. That report should be ready in June. In the meantime the Board has appointed the Reverend Don Edwards as Interim Choir Director. Don, and his wife Jeanette, have been singing with us in the choir for a couple of years, and joined the congregation last year. Don, a Jacksonville native, graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Music; and from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky with a Master of Church Music. He has served churches in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Neptune Beach, Palatka and Birmingham. We are fortunate to have his services at this time, and we look forward to his music leadership at the 9.15 a.m. Classic Worship.
Jim Hart will continue with the worship leadership at the 11.15 a.m. Celebration Worship. This service has an average of 70 in attendance each Sunday. Our total Sunday worship attendance has increased by twelve percent since the beginning of our second service.