☆ 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
☆ 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.
Margaret Larsen Shirley Tinson