For the next 25 years or so, church life went along with ups and downs. Rev. Moore had been full-time, and so was Rev. Tom Torosian, but other ministers were part-time: Rev. Frances Wolf, Rev. Jim Simmons, Rev. George Taylor. During those years, the church was dependent on funding from National Capital Presbytery. There were good things that happened -- some successful youth ministry. The Preschool began, which brought new life and energy into the church. But overall, the church had not grown enough to be self-supporting.
In 1998 the Presbytery suggested that this church be part of a "Transforming Congregations Project," that was designed to help the church move to that next level. Many church members were involved in this Transforming Congregations Project. People took stock of the church, its assets and liabilities and its potential for growth. Consultants were consulted. The consensus was that the church needed to hire a full-time pastor, even though this would be a stretch and there were limited funds available. This was a time of hope and of new energy. There was a joyful celebration when Rev. Jane Dasher was installed.
But the church was not transformed into a new church so quickly or smoothly. There were disappointments and miscommunications. After Rev. Dasher left, an Interim Pastor, Rev. Andrew Snelson filled the gap. Then it was decided to go back to the old model -- a part-time minister -- while the church took a collective deep breath.
From January 2002 until June 2011, Rev. Ruth Everhart served as part-time Stated Supply. In that time, there were significant changes for our facilities: the preschool left to find more suitable space, and we bought a property contiguous to our sanctuary. More change was happening. After a "Transforming Congregations" process, we created the "Connection Cafe" in our fellowship hall. There has been a slow but steady increase in membership.
On October 1, 2011, the Rev. David Williams became our current part-time Stated Supply pastor. In the last five years, Poolesville Presbyterian partnered with Poolesville Green, local businesses, and the town to create the Poolesville Community Garden. The Garden gives Poolesville residents and church members alike a chance to grow and harvest food and to learn about gardening techniques. Several plots are dedicated to providing seasonal produce to those in need in our community. We are enjoying and embracing the changes our new leader has brought. Will you be a part of our future?
People of faith -- the Holy Spirit isn't done with Poolesville Presbyterian Church --
May we be open to the Spirit of God as it moves in our midst.
May we seek that Spirit and perceive it when it blows.
May we be filled with hope, and with new life by the power of the Spirit!