Thank you to all who took the time to engage in discussion at the All Commission meeting on September 23. We had an excellent representation of commission leaders as well as staff and other programs supported by St. Johns including Lutefisk, Creation Kids Preschool, and Food for Friends. It is my hope that each commission will continue the conversations we started. We discussed strengths and challenges of St. John’s as well as ways to empower each of out commissions to carry out the work identified by each. Looking forward, we challenge each commission to review the minutes from this meeting and discuss strategies to utilize our strengths to overcome our challenges. Each of you were left with homework. We have asked each commission to identify: “What is most important right now?” and “Who must do what?” To be successful, these two questions must be asked by all of us on a regular basis. As we complete tasks and transition through the seasons of the church, these answers will change. I encourage each of you to see where your time and talents can be shared with St. Johns. Together, we can live as witnesses of Jesus Christ and serve the many programs and ministries of St. John’s. Continue to prayerfully reflect all that you see God doing through us.
At the annual meeting, the Transition Team shared what they learned from the activity the congregation went through in November. The team worked hard to compile everything that YOU, the members of the congregation told them without interpreting it yet. The next step will including interpreting the information and determining, “What does this mean?”
Much of the information they shared can be found in the report below:
Plan to be at worship on Wednesday, April 27 or Sunday, May 1 for a visioning process!
We will share the scripture readings and sermon in a participatory style. Scripture passages will be presented and each person will be asked to mark a card indicating her or his choices of interpretation in response to the passages.
After sharing communion, along with prayer, we will engage everyone in a casual conversation of what is valued at
St. Johns, asking three simple questions:
- Past: What is a time or specific event that spiritually touched you where you felt most alive in your faith journey?
- Present: What is it about your congregation that you value most ?
- Future: If God gave you three wishes for the future of your congregation, what would they be?
Do some praying about your participation with this experience and some reflecting on these perspectives ahead of time. One of our goals with the Revision Revamp 2016 process is for full congregation input into where we trust that God is leading us, the missional directions that are given for the next five years as a congregation. We are not there yet. We are striving to listen well. We are gathering input.