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Congregational Transition Survey 
If you have not yet returned your survey please return it to the church office as soon as possible. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration.


Notes from the Office

If you have moved or have a new phone number, please let Brenda know in the church office.  If you have announcements or inserts for the bulletin, please email them to the church office by 12:30pm each Wednesday. Thank you!

Please note: Due to Thanksgiving this week, the church office will be open Monday, instead of Thursday.






Heritage Day Meaning Statements
We reviewed our heritage from the mid-1960s with 45 people in attendance on April 23, 2017, after a bountiful potluck dinner.  From the many memories reported as parts of our story, the Transition Team garnered these meaning statements:

☆   Food is a big deal here, as it is in many congregations.  It brings us together from the two worship services, provides fellowship, and often brings in the community.  The spaghetti dinners we serve give us funds for seminarian support, the Good Samaritan Fund, and current expenses, such as Confirmation Camp for our kids.  The Cookie Walk has provided funding for MCREST.

☆   Outreach is important.  MCREST is something we enjoy doing as well as being a service to homeless people.  VBS gives the offering to LOGIA (Love of God in Action) a social service agency.  We support St. Mary's food pantry with a collection every first Sunday of the month.

☆   There is a continuity of families who have stayed in this church for generations.  Sometimes when young adults have been away for school and work, they come back to this community and congregation when they're able to arrange that.

☆   Youth activity has been vital in the past yet seems to have faded at this point.  It is something we need to build up again.

☆   We are a close congregation.  If someone hasn't been here for a while or is sick they will get a phone call. Joe is a greeter par excellence; more of us need to be more outgoing like that, especially to newcomers.
The Team noted a few items that had been left out of the story-telling and left the poster-size sticky notes on the wall in the fellowship hall for all who are interested to review, and to add to if there are ministries of the past 50 years missing.
In the coming months the Transition Team plans to have an afternoon of Asset Mapping, a fun and interesting way to find out what are assets are in the congregation and come up with new ways to use what God has given us in new ways, or old ways renewed.  It is amazing to learn things about each other and to realize (make real) how we can serve God in simple, new-to-us ways. 

In September the Team will have a survey ready for the whole congregation to participate in denoting our choices of mission and ministry based on our core values.  By late fall we are hoping our work can be passed along to a call committee with information needed to fill out the Ministry Site Profile (congregational profile for calling a pastor) so they can begin their work.

Feel free to talk with any members of the Transition Team with comments or questions.  Thank you to all who have participated in gathering our recent history and determining where we want to build upon the foundation of St. John's purpose.
                    Betsy Facione                                       Christine Snooks
                    Donald Hinz                                           Mike Schwartz
                    Margaret Larsen                                    Shirley Tinson

Meet St. John's Transition Team
Betsy Facione
Don Hinz
Margaret Larsen
Mike Schwartz
Christine Snooks
Shirley Tinson

The transition team is led by Pastor Jan Marvar.  If you have any questions regarding the team's function
or activities please contact a team member.