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Pastor Carolyn's Corner

Changes. Let’s round out the summer by talking a little more about changes! This time, about the potential for change that our congregation will be embarking on together beginning this month. Pastor Gerry and I have been introducing you to the “LEAD Process,” (Living Everyday as Disciples). This is the month where we begin our work! As of this writing, we are still working to assemble our “Team” that will be working through this process together. Hopefully by the time you are reading this, the team will be set! They will not just be working on their own though. As the team works through the steps of the process, we will be keeping the congregation informed about what is going on, because this truly is a congregation-wide process! The first step of the process is for us to go to the LEAD Learning Seminar. This will take place August 11-12. We will be gathering with all the other congregations in our cohort to learn about the process in general and seeing the specifics of where we will begin. This is an exciting time for us!

While we are part of a cohort, our process is unique. The steps each congregation follows are the same, but what we learn and how we proceed will be different. Being part of a cohort means we will have people on this journey with us, even though the details of what they are doing will be different from our own.

The goal of this process is not just change for the sake of change, instead the goal is for us to grow bolder, deeper and more consequential in our faith. This journey is one that will help the team grow together and individually, but it is also a journey for all of us to grow together and individually. Through this, we will become stronger disciples! Please keep our congregation in prayer throughout this process, that we are able to hear and see where God is leading us! On August 11-12, please pray for our Team as we gather for learning! Together we will all learn what it means to live each day as disciples!

Another change I want to share with you is about the ELCA Youth Gathering. The change here being the change that happens in the lives of the youth who attend these events! During the summer of 2015 four of our youth attended the Gathering in Detroit, Michigan. Next summer (I realize this summer isn’t over yet, but its time to start planning!) the Youth Gathering is moving to Houston, Texas! This is a new location for the Gathering, which makes it exciting!

To kick off our planning, there will be two informational meetings for youth interested in attending and their parents. Those meetings will follow worship on August 13 and 27. Attendance at the meeting is not a commitment to attend, it is simply a way to get the information about the trip! Please come even if there is a hint of interest for your youth!

As for the congregation, with your very generous support of the trip to Detroit, we were able to take the youth with minimal cost to their families. Throughout the year to come we will be seeking your help again! These trips become important in the lives of our youth, they are a great time for faith formation, and the experience is one that will go with these youth as they grow into adulthood! I would like to thank you in advance for your support of the 2018 Gathering!

Sometimes the changes we experience are things happening in the congregation, and sometimes the changes are ones that will help us to grow individually as disciples of Jesus. These changes are ones that end up having an impact on the congregation as well, because as we grow closer to our Lord, we also grow stronger as a family of faith! There is plenty of room and opportunity for us to grow together here! May we all listen to where our Lord is guiding us!

Peace,

Pastor Carolyn

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