Minister’s Column – Jan. 2019

With the New Year I offer this refresher on my schedule, how best to reach me, and other (hopefully) useful info.

My workweek is Saturday through Thursday. Friday is my day off, Saturday is my writing day, and Sunday is, well, Sunday. After church comes my standing date with Barzillai the Cat. I lie on the couch and he lies on me. I scratch his ears; he purrs; I can even nap – a good arrangement.

I’m essentially on call 24 hours and 7 days a week.

It’s daunting, and I want y’all to know I also take advantage of a flexible schedule. If I’ve got a meeting at night, I often won’t come in till noon or later. I work 6 days a week, though if it’s ten hours one day, it may be four the next.

I usually work about 45-50 hours a week. It’s been 60 or more, though that is pretty rare. After a particularly long week, I’ll ease off a bit the next.

I attend some, though not all, church events on Fridays. When I do, I’ll make up for it another day.

The best way to reach me is email:, or on my cell phone (which is in the directory). If you need me quickly, texting is best. In general, please don’t call or text on Fridays. And if you email me late-ish on Thursday or a Friday, you make not get a reply until Monday.

I also prefer not to be called or texted before 9am or after 9pm.

I trust you to figure out if your issue is urgent enough to reach out on those days and other hours.

If you have an emergency, do not hesitate. If you cannot decide if you have an urgency or an emergency, also do not hesitate.

I don’t hold specific office hours, though I usually can make appointments within 2-3 days. The best days are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

We hold staff meetings on Tuesdays. Because we work on the orders of service then, it’s best if you can have information in to Jennifer by Monday afternoon.

A final note about Sundays – and this is true for all Sunday staff. Sunday is our biggest day of the week. We know it’s a good time for you to be in touch with us, though we can be tired and scattered. We may not be able to answer your questions or even remember them on Monday. And we just can’t get with everyone. So your patience is much appreciated.

I look forward to our new year ahead – with the whole congregation and our wonderful staff team.

Happiest of New Years.


Rev. Dana