Candidating Week   

The Ministerial Search Committee is very pleased to present Rev. Shari Woodbury as our ministerial candidate!

What this means: We have winnowed down from written ministerial records, primary video-interviews, and three pre-candidating weekends, our candidate. Rev. Shari is our choice—and we are delighted she felt the same! A “candidate” is a minister that has been chosen by the Search Committee, but who has not yet been called by congregational vote. (This is like the President-Elect at the annual meeting.)   


Candidating Week is the traditional way we introduce the minister to the congregation. This is the time that the congregation gets to experience Rev. Shari's ministry, with a few changes from the norm. We would all prefer to have our candidate here in person, but in this time of pandemic and isolation, that is not an option. Instead, the Search Committee has set up several online events—open Zoom socials, meetings with the board and various groups, staff discussions, etc. 

Here are the remaining online events happening during Candidating Week (April 24 to May 3) that are open to anyone: 

Wednesday, April 29 7:00-8:00 pm: Chat with the Candidate

Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86731124715?pwd=dWVHNnBaM05KQTlNdS9odFZyUnhNQT09

Meeting ID: 867 3112 4715

Password: 595484

Host: Rev. Shari Woodbury

 

Friday, May 1 5:30-7:30 pm: CommUUnity Night

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/7873284055

Meeting ID: 787 328 4055

Host: Kate Wiig

Saturday, May 2 10:00 am -12:00 pm: Teams Meeting

Zoom link:  https://zoom.us/j/99486929188?pwd=L1NrbGI1U3A3U1l1RFVYZkR0Y1cwdz09

Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

Password: 285721  

Host: Cat Dixon

Sunday Service May 3 10:30am

“Dreaming Together”

Rev. Shari Woodbury

As the conclusion of Candidating Week with our prospective new settled minister,

Rev. Woodbury will share dreams for the ministry we may undertake together.

​The link to the Zoom church service event: 

https://zoom.us/j/99486929188

​Meeting ID: 994 8692 9188

Last chance to sign up!  The Ministerial Search Committee also has a few openings remaining in the following "space is limited" online events during Candidating Week:

Thursday Lunch with the Candidate: 
Thursday, April 30 at 12:00-1:00pm

This group meeting with a few slots remaining requires advance sign-up. Sign up by emailing your name and phone number to:  signup@firstuuomaha.org no later than April 28th.


​Small Group with the Candidate: 
Friday, May 1 at 3:30-4:30pm

This group meeting with 6 slots available requires advance sign-up. Sign up by emailing your name and phone number to:  signup@firstuuomaha.org no later than April 28th.


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Please arrive to Zoom events on time.

We will use the Zoom waiting room feature to screen out any uninvited intruders. Please be sure that you put your first and last name as the Zoom username so the host will know that you are someone who should be allowed in.

If you need help with Zoom, please email zoomhelp@firstuuomaha.org

Want to know more about Rev. Shari Woodbury? 

We have more! Rev. Shari's website now has more background information--questions she answered in her ministerial record--for you to enjoy. Her website gives you access to information about Shari's ministry, sermons, her leadership work, and more. This is more information and background about an incoming candidate than we've ever had available, and we hope it will help members get a better feel for her in this unusual social distancing atmosphere.
Go here to see her website: www.shariwoodbury.com/omaha.html

Questions about the candidate or this candidating week can be sent to the Search Committee: searchcommittee@firstuuomaha.org 

Need information about the Annual Meeting which will be held on Zoom on Sunday, May 3? Click here.

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