May 26, 2017
Greetings to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. This is the first article I am contributing, and I am challenged to decide what I should write that might be both relevant and dare I say, interesting. To start, thanks to everyone who has made my past two years as your Council Secretary rewarding and enjoyable. This was my second stint back on council. The members who are staying on and Sally Murphy, Bret Hassel, Annaliese Ennis, and Zach Bupp have all served the congregation with diligence and dedication. And now, after thoughtful prayer and encouragement from many of you, I really am eager to help lead us through the work that lies ahead.
On May 21, I offered a brief vision of what I'd like to see at St. Paul's. Very simply, that vision is more people at services, because from there all the things that we enjoy about a vibrant church family become possible. I am committed to improving how we communicate and how we welcome each other and the new friends we haven't met yet into our unique home. You can contribute by getting to know someone you don't yet know. Introduce yourself, stay for coffee on Sunday, come on out to an event you haven't attended or helped with before. When you come to worship service, fill out the yellow sheet and look for a new opportunity to pitch in. I look forward to sharing more of these experiences with many of you. We will be reaching out to the local community this summer and we will need your help. We even need help making worship happen, from ushers to worship assistants.
With luck, we will look back on this time a few years from now as the beginning of the renewal of this great congregation. We have a rich history, we offer the traditions of the Lutheran church, and we are in a growing community. Our future looks bright!