Good morning and Happy Monday to you. I would like to take a minute and let you know that we are excited to announce that Gloria Olsen (pictured above with husband, Jarrid, and two daughters, Jasmine and Riley) will be our new part-time Nursery Director! She will be assisting our Children’s Director, Lauren Cochran, in the operations of the nursery on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, which will include scheduling volunteers, maintaining the nursery space, and making sure all things nursery are being run in an orderly fashion.
Jarrid and Gloria have been members of New Hope for a couple of years and I am sure their love of the church will be felt as Gloria takes on this new responsibility. Please join me in welcoming her to the team!
I also want to thank everyone who stayed after church yesterday for the Planning Center training. Several months ago we noticed as a church staff that scheduling and coordinating volunteers across several different ministries was not sustainable, especially for a church that desires to grow. Volunteers were being double (sometimes triple) booked to be in multiple places at once, other people had no idea they were on the schedule to serve, and new people who wanted to serve were falling through the cracks and not being utilized.
This is just one of several reasons why we decided to expand our use of Planning Center. We have used the service for a few years to schedule the worship band and vocalists, but now we have added the tech team, camera team, security team, ushers and greeters, coffee bar and cafe team, and Children’s Ministry/Nursery volunteers. As you can see, there are a lot of moving parts that need to be pulled together and Planning Center is the way we’re doing it. It will only benefit New Hope as we seek to #Reach #Connect #Grow #Go as a church.
Thank you so much for your understanding as we have made this change, and thank you for attending the Planning Center training yesterday. We recognize there will be a learning curve to this new service, but as Pete and Austin said yesterday, they are available to help you learn the ins and outs of the system in any way that they can.