Pastor Carolyn's Corner
Changes, they keep happening. It’s what life does, it seems to change constantly. This month we are experiencing a change in our Congregation Council. After four years of serving as our Council President, Sally Murphy has completed her term. She did a wonderful job of serving as President through many changes and she did so with grace, patience and understanding. I am thankful for Sally’s leadership and looking forward to continuing working with her outside of Council! Our new President is Erik Domaas. He has already brought great leadership to the Council through serving as our Secretary. I am thankful for him stepping up to serve as President now and I am looking forward to working with him in this new way!
There were many other positions that have changed on the council. Our Vice President stepped down during the year 2016 and Russ Werner has accepted that position. With Erik becoming the President, that meant we needed a new Secretary. Julie Smith agreed to be nominated during the Congregational Meeting, and it will be great to have her on board. During 2016 after many years of dedication and hard work, Jack Frost stepped down as Treasurer. Jack worked hard over the years to keep our finances going well and making sure our bills were paid on time! Many thanks to Jack for his time, work, dedication and leadership over the years! When Jack stepped down, Mark Slater accepted the position and he is working hard to learn the nuances of our finances and has transitioned into this role well! That means we have an entirely new Executive Committee (well, Erik has been on the Executive Committee but is now in a new role).
Early in 2017, Zach Bupp and his family have relocated to near New Orleans which meant he needed to step down as our financial secretary. Donna Frederick has stepped into that role and she is learning it well! Annaliese Ennis has been serving as our Communications chairperson and she will soon be relocating to Puerto Rico with the Coast Guard. During her time in this role she has done a fantastic job in producing our newsletter and making sure our information is shared with the community. Kerry Griffin is now serving as our Communications Chair, so he has added this role to his work with our Archives!
That’s a lot of change for our council! But, there are some who will remain in their roles: Dave Riethmiller with Worship and Music, Karen Jennings with Christian Education, Bob Peters with Stewardship, Rachel Stephens with Youth and Family, and Ken Keefer with Property. Its always good to have those who continue to serve so we have continuity on the Council! I am thankful for their continued service in our congregation!
When our meeting adjourned, there were two positions left to be filled: Social Outreach and Evangelism. Since the meeting, someone has offered to serve as the Chair of Social Outreach, but that will be announced following the Council meeting when its made official.
That means we are still in search of someone to lead our Evangelism committee. This is important work in the life of our congregation. “Evangelism” is often a scary word, especially for us as Lutherans, but it is important work. We are not in a time or even a place where what many think of as traditional evangelism is done (especially if you are thinking of knocking on doors). Instead there are other ways to reach people. There are ways to focus on welcoming people who visit. There are ways of connecting to those who are here in our congregation. There are many ways for us to improve here at St. Paul’s, and focusing on evangelism would help us with many of those ways. If this is something you are interested in working on, or if you have questions about the position, please talk to me or to Russ Werner (now the head of the Nominating Committee).
Serving in the congregation is important for all members! There are many things to do around here, and there are many ways to serve as we work to grow. Please prayerfully consider what you are willing and able to do here at St. Paul’s. Maybe it’s not serving on council at the moment, but joining a committee and helping with their work. There are activities and groups we would like to start, and if there’s one you would like to be part of or would like to help organize, please talk to me or one of the Council members!
Working together, we can grow here in this place as we serve our Lord!
May you all have a wonderful June!