As you all are aware of Stewardship Sunday was November 24th a letter was sent asking the congregation to consider pledging a little more than they did last year and letting them know that in the last 6 weeks, pledges have decreased by $14,00.00. This equals a 17% drop in pledges. First Church in Pembroke can no longer afford to pay a full-time pastor because of the decrease, in pledges. Our focus now is hiring a part-time pastor we have received two profiles from UCC since August.  One of the candidates was contacted to inform them that we are now looking at hiring a part-time pastor with some benefits depending on the hours this does not seem to be a problem which is a good thing.  As soon as we have more information, we will share it with the congregation.