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Message from Pastor Gorden

posted Jul 31, 2012, 10:16 AM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]
Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Ephesians 3:20-22

These verses invite a look into how we are caring for the household we have been entrusted by God. As a church family we are caretakers of God’s house and witnesses in order to draw people to our ministry. The good news is that we are expanding the mission and ministry of St. Paul’s and are in the need of some space. The council called for a special congregational meeting on Sunday July 22 in order to go ahead with the building of some storage space on the west side of the fellowship hall. This expansion will benefit the total ministry of our church.

So that you may know the motions made and approved I will print them in this article. Please read and ask the council members if you have any questions.
        A motion was made by Tim Hanson to proceed with building the storage space and have the council make further decisions             about final size and costs. This was seconded by Bill Hamann.
        An amendment to that motion was made by Ron DaLuge to spend no more than $30,000 for this project. This was seconded         by Bob Leidlein.
        There was a written ballot vote. Results were 50 yes votes and 8 no votes. Motion passed.
        A motion was made by Karen Leistico to get the money needed for the addition by adding it to the mortgage during the                     refinance.  This was seconded by Lori Stevens. There was a written ballot vote. Results were 44 yes votes and 4 no votes.                     Motion passed.

This is not the only change happening this summer. In April the Fellowship Hall was totally repainted. This was done so well it inspired us to look into painting the rest of the educational wing. It was decided to ask for volunteers to choose the rooms they would like to paint. By the end of August this total project will be completed. Thank you to all the people who volunteered their labor to transform the household with new paint.

In June the sanctuary was fully carpeted. What a wonderful new look.

Not least of all we were able to get grass seeded on Church Street in front of the church. Winter kill, drought and salt had taken its toll over the years. Ralph Plonske rigged up a watering system in order to keep the grass green during these hot summer days. Thanks so much.

Naturally this looks like a lot of things concerned only about our internal building. You are right! This house of God is very well used and we are called to take care of it.

Thanks to all of you for your partnership in the mission of St. Paul’s. We are truly blessed and are called to build a temple in order to reach out to even more people in the future.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.
A partner in mission,
Pastor Gorden