It’s been a while since you heard from us, so maybe you want to know how the ministerial search is going. We are on the brink of an exciting moment. We expect our proposed Minister of Worship and Outreach to preach on Sunday morning, May 15th and again on May 22nd. That’s where we’ll really need your help. After the second service, at congregational meeting, we will vote on calling the minister. Please be part of making this important decision.The search committee has vetted over 20 applicants for the post, interviewed 11, and, after wrenching discernment, winnowed the field down to four.This year, more congregations are looking among a smaller pool of applicants, so we wondered whether enough good candidates would respond, but that wasn’t our problem. Instead, because the field was so good, we really had to struggle, really. This is the kind of problem you want to have. In fact, through the UUA grapevine, we learned that UCS had the second highest number of applications and late ones are still trickling in.Committee member Michael Millspaugh took the lead in enticing applicants with a website that is receiving rave reviews. You can check it out at http://www.ucssearch.org. From the interviews we learned that these ministers liked the idea of our Leadership Model–the chance to work in a creative team that covers all the bases so everyone can have a rich family life, too.Now, we have secured four neutral pulpits, meaning other churches in which to hear a candidate preaching and leading worship, congregations where neither the candidate nor members of the search committee will be familiar. Over the course of four weekends, the committee will also spend a lot of time getting to know each candidate personally. Then all we have to do is narrow it down to one. (Sounds easy, doesn’t it?)From May 16th through May 21st, our prospective minister will meet with the board, committees, other church groups and individual members. Try to keep some time free that week as we announce events! And finally on Sunday, May 22 the minister will preach again, and we’ll vote.