People Around the Church

Rev. Dr. James Reid

Interium Minister

MEET THE INTERIM PASTOR, Rev. Dr. James Reid

I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve as interim pastor of Community Congregational Church and to work midst the beauty of Manitou Springs. 

I feel a strong sense of God’s call to interim ministry.   Community Church is the third congregation I have served in this capacity.  Previously, I served as called pastor in three United Church of Christ Congregation,  for a total of 28 years.   I have a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Chicago Theological Seminary, a Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Whitman College.  Before being called to ministry, I worked in journalism and public relations.   Carol  and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.  We have three children:  Curtis and Danielle, 28 year old twins, and Phillip, age 19.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the church office (685.5255) or email me Here

Warmest Regards,

Jim

Linda O’Riley, Moderator

A message from Linda O’Riley

As your Moderator I am elected to serve as the volunteer lay leader of our church, responsible for the efficient and proper operation of all Church activities, and serve for 2015 and 2016. I grew up in this church and know it to be a special place that meets and exceeds our needs for spiritual growth. To this end, my goals for the coming months:

  1. Focus and support a smooth transition for Reverend Hunting into his retirement, welcome an interim minister, and lead the congregation through this transition.
  2. Grow fellowship within our congregation. Already we are off to a good start with support to the children of West Side Cares in many different areas. I will continue to support the many fellowship activities brought to us by Women’s Fellowship and our Christian Education emphasis on children and youth.
  3. Support the emphasis on support to West Side Cares.
  4. Begin a concerted effort to establish a Compassion Program within the congregation.

The coming months will be a challenging time for our congregation: Establish a historical view of “Who We Are” and where we want to go (a profile), select and work with an interim minister, and begin the search for a new UCC minister who will be the spiritual leader for our future. Through all of this please feel free to call on me with your ideas, cares, and needs as together we continue to be disciples of Christ in our thinking, words, and deeds.

In this together,

Linda

Contact me on 719.597.5673 or email Linda

Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Patsy Adams

Church Secretary
E-mail Patsy Adams

Patsy has been the faithful church secretary for years and years of unbroken service.  Her ever present smile and Christian spirit are always on display.  If there is a question about who, where, what or when, this is the friendly and faithful person to inquire.   Her kind voice and helpful soul are always in ready supply! Patsy is in the church office Wednesday – Friday and sometimes everyday of the week!

Susan Doherty

Church Organist
I have loved music beginning at 2 or 3 years old when I was mesmerized by my mother’s piano playing.  I began piano lessons at age 6 and loved to practice…or was that simply because I preferred practicing to doing chores?  My parents bought a small electric organ and I was totally enamored with playing and using my feet too! In La Junta, CO high school I became my church organist, played alto sax in band and a school jazz band, sang in the concert choir, and accompanied the glee clubs.
Majoring in elementary and music education at UNC, Greeley, I switched from sax to bassoon, played in small ensemble groups, orchestra, and was lucky enough to study under organist and composer, R. Evan Copley and Mrs. Garlic, organist of a new million dollar pipe organ at a new Episcopal Church in Greeley which is where I gave my senior recital.
After graduation I taught 4th grade in Macon, Georgia, then on to Spokane, WA then to Colorado Springs where I taught elementary music in District 11 for 29 years.
In 1998, a friend invited me to this church in Manitou Springs.  I joined the choir with Marcia Mensing, choir director and organist. After not having played the organ for 28 years, Marcia invited me to come play on this wonderful pipe organ. I was thrilled and became the choir accompanist, filling in for Marcia on organ occasionally.  I became the organist in 2004 and am forever thankful to Rev. Hunting for the opportunity to regularly play the organ!
After 29 years of married life to Mike Doherty, a retired P.E. teacher, I now know more than I ever thought possible about football, basketball, soccer, baseball, and tennis!  We bike, cross country and downhill ski, and I work out nearly every day.  I love to read and do counted cross stitch and crochet.  We have no children but don’t tell our cats Sport, Murphy, and Missy that because they are sure we are their parents!
Susan plays organ and accompanies the Sanctuary Choir every Sunday. She works with the Music Director to deliver great music to the worship service and hasn’t missed but 2 Sundays since 2011! Thank you, Susan!

Stevie Astley

Youth and Bell Choirs Director
I have been involved in music education for over 25 years as well as enjoyed performing for 15 years as a professional musician in a contemporary Christian band.  I have a degree in Music Education and Performance from East Carolina University and am classified as a soprano.  I also have a Master’s degree in Supervision and Instruction and principal licensure from UCCS.
I have a daughter who has 5 daughters and a son who says he is “off the hook” for providing me any more grand children thanks to his sister!  I teach private voice and piano and perform occasionally for various functions and events.
I’m looking forward to working with the young people in our church family for the youth choir as well as the ringers in our bell choir in an effort to provide them an avenue of participation where they can grow both musically and spiritually.
Stevie Astley has joined the staff of the church as director of the Bell Choir. Please welcome Stevie and support the choir under her direction.