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Message From Pastor Leon

posted Aug 28, 2017, 12:06 PM by Tracey Morris

Rally Sunday on September 10 marks the beginning of our Fall programs here at St. Paul’s. Sunday School, Confirmation, and Adult Bible Studies all begin this month, along with Choir, Hand-bell Choir and a few more things. Throughout this month’s newsletter you will find more information on all these activities and opportunities.

The Transition Team continues their work in the preparation of calling St. Paul’s next Senior Pastor. The first step in the process will be a Congregational Survey to give everyone the opportunity to take part in this process. I strongly encourage all of our members to take part in the survey. Please read the article below by Janelle Savitski, the Transition Team chairperson, to learn more about this survey. You will also receive more information on Rally Sunday and in future mailings.

There will be several opportunities for Adult Bible Studies:

1) The Sunday evening Small Group Bible Study, now in its fifth year, will begin meeting Sunday, September 17th, at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, and will continue meeting the first and third Sunday of each month. New members are always welcome. This year they will be studying the Bible using Charles Swindoll’s book about the Holy Land, Experiencing the Land of the Book. Scott Bultena and Chris Wenzel will again be leading the group.

2) I will continue the Wednesday morning Bible Study that Pastor Gordon had been teaching. We will meet in the Mary Room from 9:30-10:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning (note the time change—a half hour earlier than last year). Options for this year’s study will be discussed at the first meeting on September 13th.

3) Following Bible Study Wednesday mornings will be something new-- a “Caring, Sharing, Prayer Time.” This will not be a Bible Study, but a time for informal conversation and prayer. All are invited. This group will also meet in the Mary Room, meeting from 10:30-11:30 a.m. They will meet each week beginning September 6th (a week earlier than the Bible Study begins). For more information contact Linda Wagner, or Interim Visitation Pastor Karis Hagen.

4) The Tuesday morning Small Group Bible Study will also continue meeting at Roy and Shirley Trullingers’ home. They will meet every other Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., beginning September 19th. They have limited space, but room for a few more. If you are interested, contact Pastor Leon.

5) Finally, if you are unable to fit anything else into your schedule, I continue to post an on-line daily meditation as an opportunity for your personal devotions, prayer, and Christian education. Each day there is a reading, three Bible verses, and a brief prayer. You may read them at my website, at the church’s website, or, you can subscribe to have them sent to your email each day. The website is: www.emailmeditations.wordpress.com

I hope you had a great summer. Keep our congregation in your prayers, and especially the Transition Team as they continue their important work. 

Pastor Leon


Transitions Committee Update:

The transition team has met several times this summer to prepare information to call a new pastor for St. Paul's Lutheran Church. They are working to assemble the information needed for the Call Committee to do their work. They will assemble a Congregation and Community Profile to present to interested candidates, along with a description to post on the LCMC website. In order to gather information for the Congregation Profile, the team has researched and found a tool to seek the input of the members of the congregation. This was presented to the Church Council and they approved it. The tool is from a company called Holy Cow Consulting. The tool that will be used to get this information is a survey called the Congregation Assessment Tool or CAT for short. This tool will help assess and identify the following information:

· Discover where members would like the church to go in the future.

· Identify the critical success factors for improving the congregation's ministry.

· Identify the strengths of our congregation.

· Gauge readiness for change.

· Measure the level of satisfaction and energy in the congregation.

· Uncover potential resources we may be missing.

Prepare for a search for your next pastor.

The CAT survey will be sent in September by email and a letter with a link to the survey. If needed, paper surveys will be available in the office. Also, computers will be available for members to use on selected dates in September with a sign-up sheet. Please look for more details on Rally Sunday, September 10. The Transition Committee members will be available to answer questions.

We are one in the Spirit!

St. Paul's Transition Committee