A new year, a new church council.
1) Faithful Innovations
This last fall, the Synod Vitality Coalition chose me to be one of 6 people trained in our synod to be a trainer in Faithful Innovations. None of that probably means anything to you, but I am excited to try something new. Faithful Innovations is a project of Luther Seminary (a school that trains pastors) and our synod to gather groups from several churches who will be trained and then go back to their congregations. First, we answer the “Why?” question and then we work on the “How?” Why are we the church? Why are we Christians? We need to get back to the basics. And then we need to listen to those in our neighborhoods. What are THEIR needs? That’s when we work on the “How?” Faithful Innovations is a good name for this project. We want to remain faithful to our Lutheran tradition and our theology, but we also want to be innovative, open to change, and open to the changing needs of our community. I will get you more information in the coming weeks and months.
2) Every Member Visit
The executive committee of the church council, during my annual review, suggested that I do an every-member visit. With 100 plus members, I am going to need your help. I would like to, first of all, visit in homes where I have not been yet. If I have not been to your home, will you invite me? It will make it easier for me to schedule if you start the process (call, text, or email). Thank you. I hope to be able to say that I have visited in every home by the end of 2020.
In February the council will set priorities for this coming year and help me set goals for myself. If you have any opinions, questions, concerns, please speak to me or a council member in the next few weeks.
Pastor Bob Albing