The Massachusetts Conference has closed its office in Ludlow, which had been used for the staff serving the western and central regions. First Church in Amherst is providing a small office space for the Associate Conference Ministers, and for meetings, that will not be regularly staffed
When Marueen Jagadowski resigned as administrative assistant for the western area earlier this year, the Conference re-evaluated the effectiveness of the office in Ludlow, explained Associate Conference Minister Dawn Hammond.
Neither Associate Conference Minister Jill Graham, who serves churches in the west, nor Kelly Gallagher, who serves churches in the Central Association, were using the office. Hiring an administrative assistant to work there did not make sense, Hammond said.
"We had demonstrated that we could effectively serve the southeastern associations out of the Framingham office, allowing for more collaboration and mutual help among administrative assistants," she said. "We had a great candidate for the western administrative work, Deb Holmes, who had proven her ability to serve the churches in Central Association and was eager to take on more." ." Holmes now works two days a week out of the main Framingham office, and continues to work two days a week out of the Central Association office space in Worcester.
Hammond said the Conference is grateful to the Union Church of Ludlow for hosting the western office for so many years, and to the Amherst church for opening its doors to the Conference now.
The Western region contact information now is as follows:
Address: 1 Badger Road, Framingham, MA 01702
All the office contact information can be found at: www.macucc.org/officesfacilities
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