I was inspired by the recent congregational letter (Oct 2) from Jeff Eisenbise, Church Board Chair, recounting a number of initiatives engaging the congregation in renewal and refreshment among the ministry team, church board, and the congregation at large. Unmistakable energy abounding!
With the approaching Fall Council on Sun, Dec 3 @ 11:45 am, I am reminded of the insightful biblical studies and conversations during the Faith Formation “Money Talks” series. Someone wise made this astute observation reflecting on a crisp definition of the role of the church–“Imagine possibilities…practice possibilities…walk in the resurrection.” Indeed! A compelling vision as we live and work together listening and discerning our corporate responsibility to one another and to the wider family of God.
This is our designated time of “official” gathering as a community of faith. Our decision-making authenticates our desire to walk as “resurrected” people in the pathways of peace, serving one another, with an openness to lovingly embrace all whom God sends to our door.
Resources for Church Council will be distributed via email (and hard copies for those not receiving email) two weeks prior to the Council meeting. Copies will also be available at the back of the sanctuary on Nov 26. This packet will include the agenda along with a variety of ministry and mission reports, proposed budget for 2024, and the calling of church leadership. All packet components are due to the church office by Nov 15, send items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I encourage you to carefully examine this material in advance of the meeting. Come, anticipate refreshing morning worship as we continue to “imagine and practice possibilities” on this journey with Jesus. Energized disciples!
Submitted by Joe Detrick, Moderator