Candidating Week

Candidating Week is almost here and Rev. Anya & Rev. Scott are looking forward to meeting you!  Candidating Week provides many opportunities for interaction with the Sammler-Michaels. We encourage you to get to know them in person by attending as many of the events listed below as possible. You can also review their website and our website. At the end of the week, we are sure that you will agree that they are an amazing match for our congregation!

The culmination of the Candidate Week is the Congregational Meeting to call our new Settled Ministers on May 7th at 12 Noon sharp in the Sanctuary.  Our bylaws require a quorum of 20% of our active membership for a meeting to call a minister and a vote of at least two-thirds in favor of calling. The ministers will actually be looking for a vote of 90% or more to accept the call.  Proxy votes will be accepted. More information on the meeting will be included in an upcoming mailing from the Board of Trustees. Look for it!

We are writing to you today to share with you the schedule and instructions on how to sign up for various events. We have designed the schedule so there is at least one event every day that is open to all. Please find a time that works in your schedule and come out to meet Scott & Anya!

Sunday April 30th

  • 9:00 and 11:00 AM – Sunday Worship – Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael to Preach – Coffee Hour after each service
  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM – RE Pizza and Game Party in Fletcher Hall
Monday May 1
  • 9:00 – 11:00 AM – Coffee & Conversation at Crazy Mocha, 491 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
  • 7:30 – 9:00 PM – Forum on Social Justice in the Peierls Room

Tuesday May 2

  • 7:30 – 9:00 PM – Music Night in the Sanctuary

Wednesday May 3

  • 12:30 – 2:00 PM – Brown Bag Lunch in the Peierls Room
  • 7:30 – 9:00 PM – Social Hour at Just Jakes (30 S. Park Street, Montclair)

Thursday May 4

  • Morning Office Hours in the Ministers’ Office – Must Sign Up in Advance Here
  • 7:30 – 9:00 PM – Forum on Membership & Pastoral Care in the Peierls Room

Friday May 5

Saturday May 6

  • 8:30 – 10:00 AM – Bagels & Theology, a Conversation on What UU Means to You, at UUCM member Jennifer Bell’s house (265 Highland Avenue, Montclair)
  • 10:15 AM – Hike in Mills Reservation (weather permitting). Meet at the Mills’ Reservation parking lot on Normal Avenue, Montclair.
  • 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Ice Cream Social with Youth Music in Fletcher Hall Event Canceled
  • 7:45 PM – Attend “Hello Hello Hello” at Montclair Film Festival with Rev. Scott (4 slots available at $15/ticket). Click here to sign up.

Sunday May 7th

  • 9:00 and 11:00 AM – Sunday Worship – Rev Anya Sammler-Michael to Preach
  • 12 Noon – Congregational Meeting to Call our New Ministers in the Sanctuary followed by celebration in Fletcher Hall.  If you plan to attend the 9:00 AM service, please return to the Congregation at 12 Noon for the vote or submit a proxy.

Sign up for events using our Google Form here. We encourage you to come to as many as you can. If you can come to an event, you may be asked to bring something. We are looking to conserve congregational resources and will be doing almost all events as potlucks.

During the week, Rev. Scott and Rev. Anya will also meet with UUCM staff, local UU clergy, and many committees, groups and leaders from the UUCM. They will also spend time exploring the area and looking at potential homes. If you are curious, check out their entire schedule here.

It will be a wonderful week full of fellowship and fun! We look forward to seeing you!

Questions? Reach us directly.

–Your Ministerial Search Committee: Peter Arian, John Carlton, Nancy Felix, Erin Krupa, Lawrence Ramsey, Chelsea Vaughn Showalter, and Connie Thames.