Congregants are invited to participate in Candidating Week April 24 – May 1, where there will be multiple opportunities for East Shore members, friends, and staff to meet and get to know Rev. Dr. Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa —and for her to meet us and get to know our congregation.
Our newly settled minister will need time to understand East Shore as a whole, and gain a sense of its organization as well as its strengths and challenges before making commitments or decisions that affect the resources and future of our beloved community.
Candidating Week Schedule
There are two main purposes behind the activities chosen for Candidating Week. One is for the congregation to meet and get to know Rev. Dr. Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa. Equally important is the opportunity afforded to Rev. Dr. Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa to meet congregants and staff and learn about our committees, our practices, our whole operating structure. (It has happened, though not often, that a Candidate has turned down a congregation after Candidating Week.)
Please see the Candidating Week Calendar for an overview of the week or see more details in the Detailed Candidating Weekend Calendar. Rev. Dr. Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa will preach at the worship service on Sunday, April 24 and Sunday, May 1. In between, there will be open forums, as well as events that will spotlight particular areas of our church community (Ministry Teams, Social Justice Teams, Worship Associates, etc.) We are pleased to announce there will be a mix of virtual events online, in-person, and hybrid events at the church. Find all the Zoom links on the Candidating Week Event Page.
For more information about Candidating Week, Voting, and Welcoming our new minister, please see the Candidating Week FAQ.
You can contact the Ministerial Search Committee with any questions at [email protected]