Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Numbers

Active members of the EQ: 11.
Active members of the EQ a month from now: 9.
Number of active members of the EQ we lost in the past three months: 5. A similar number moved out the previous summer.
Ouch.
The ward has always depended on students and student's spouses who were just here for a short time (under a year to four years). Especially since part of our ward is downtown Cincinnati, and so we get everything that comes with that (lots of members living in poverty, lots of members without cars, etc.) For example, the last and the current EQ presidents, the last two executive secretaries (currently we just go without), and the current and last YW presidents all fit into the student/student spouse category. Now just two couples in the ward fit that definition. Tough times ahead.

If you're thinking of moving (going to grad school, finding work, etc.) I know just the place...
Please. Before they demote us to a branch, or force us to combine with some other ward. Small is great, but there is such a thing as too small.

And no, we don't have an EQ secretary, or an EQ teacher, or any of those others EQ callings I hear rumors about. Heck, we're lucky to have a president and two counselors right now...

3 comments:

JorgenMan said...

Wow. I feel for you, although I have a hard time imagining what it would be like. We happened to land in Provo, Jr. Our ward is all young professionals with families about our age.

Tim said...

Our ward used to have a lot of grad student families like us. No more.

In fact, if no one else moves in, our kid will be the only kid in nursery come January. Ouch.

Katrina said...

I know! And knowing all this made it so much harder to "abandon" you all. Seriously (and I mentioned this to the bishop before we left), the ward needs to have a fast to bring in more people. Maybe as the economy improves more students will move in again...?