I want to welcome Nick Rossi to the staff of New Hope Presbyterian Church! I would say 'introduce' but many people in our congregation already know or have worked with Nick in the past. Nick is going to be our Interim Director of Music & Worship.
Interim? What does that mean?
Amidst the great celebration yesterday for Di's last Sunday were some persistent questions, "What are we going to do now? Who will we get to replace Di? What is going to happen while we look for a replacement? Who is going to re-supply the Tootsie Pops in Di's office? OK, I was the only one asking the last question.
The truth is, there is no way to 'replace' Di. The position of Director of Music and Worship has changed and shaped around her for the last 13 years. We know we are going to need some time figure out what we will need from our next Director of Music & Worship in order to move into the future. At its meeting in May, Session formed a Staffing Task Force which was tasked with helping us answer not only the question about the Director of Music & Worship, but the entire staffing configuration at New Hope. With so many positions in flux, it seemed like a good time to ask some Big Questions like, "Where do we want to be in the next 5-10 years and how should what kind of staff will we need to get there?"
Because those are questions that are going to take awhile to answer well, he Staffing Task Force (Alicia McCommons, Donna Scott, Dave Arnett, Marshall Evilsizer and myself) decided that it would be wise to create and 'interim' position. An Interim Director would accomplish two things:
- Provide consistency throughout the summer in worship
- Provide guidance and help as we look to the future
We think Nick will do an outstanding job of both! Nick has more than 35 years experience in the areas of directing worship and arts in churches- most of them at St. James Presbyterian Church in Littleton. He brings not only a wealth of directing but also is an outstanding musician himself (most notably, cello- though we have a picture of him playing a pretty mean banjo, too!). He composes and records as well as directs and we are looking forward to him joing the staff at New Hope.
Nick begins this week, so you may notice him around the office. Even though this Sunday is primarily led by our Mission Trip participants, we will also find time to introduce Nick in worship.
This is a critical time in the life of New Hope. We are paying attention to where God may be leading us in the future. These are big questions with big consequences, not only for New Hope, but the community and world we serve. We are glad to have someone as gifted, talented and experienced along for the journey. Welcome, Nick!