Well, tomorrow should be interesting.
It is the Annual Meeting. I am not sure what is going to happen. I am hoping for the best, but expecting the worst.
In preparation, I have an observer from the Bishop's office coming. Hopefully people will more likely be on their best behavior if we have "company." I just hope that people will not get nutzo.
As I said before, I sent out a "play nice or leave" letter. It was a good letter if I do say so, myself. I did tell them that I was not kicking them out, but they would need to change their behavior. I got a letter for the Former Secretary telling me that the letter was hateful and she cannot understand why I am making mountains out of mole hills, that my attitude is what is toxic, and that speaking to my colleagues and finding out about the history of the congregation is rumor-mongering. She still claims utter innocence on any of this.
I know that I am probably over reacting to this, but it is what it is. I know that it is a catastrophic response, and I am taking the drugs that I need to take. But I still am of the assumption that something needs to change here (and quickly!) or I need to go. When I have extreme abdominal pain and I actually get excited because if I am in the hospital I don't have to deal with the Annual Meeting, I think this is very telling. So either I need therapy, the congregation needs therapy, or most likely, we both need therapy.
I am actually planning on doing a preemptive strike by addressing the letter to the Former Secretary and the rumors she has been spreading that I kicked them out. Hopefully by bringing it up first, it will defuse any plans they had. I hate speaking like I am going to battle, but that is how it feels.
Maybe I should also keep with my initial plan and have a letter of resignation ready, just in case.