Friends in Christ,
Summer is here! (Don’t say that too loudly around our children as they look toward another three weeks or more of school!) For the church, summer means a shift to a somewhat more casual schedule, yet the church certainly doesn’t go into hibernation. Sunday school may be taking a break, and we are also gearing up for a fantastic week of Vacation Bible School! We may have only one service on Sunday morning instead of two, and our Sunday services will be filled with special music and messages, and at least three baptisms. We have special programs coming up and special opportunities to try out some new adventures (like gospel singing).
Our transition activities will not be slowing down in the least this summer. The Call Committee has finalized the site profile that will “advertise” our church and pastoral position to candidates, and the Church Council has approved that document. We will be meeting with representatives from the Synod and will hopefully be soon communicating with a candidate or candidates. Again, the Bishop will sent us a candidate. We will interview that candidate and will decide whether he or she has the gifts needed to minister at Zion. If we release that candidate, one more candidate will be sent to us. This pattern will continue until we find the candidate that the congregation can approve. If a candidate is released, that candidate cannot be “re-visited”.
We ask your continued patience as we enter this stage of the transition process. We have no idea whether this part of the process will move quickly or slowly. The important element is that we do a thorough job of examining candidates and that we do so always leaving room for the presence and wisdom of God’s Holy Spirit. Your prayers and your support for the Call Committee and the Council in the weeks to come are critical to their work.
In the meantime, we have plenty to keep us busy! Please take time to read carefully through this newsletter. There are bios and profiles of some of our members – especially of our graduates. There are ministry opportunities in a wide variety of fields. There are informational programs and “just plain fun” events for young and not so young. There are special worship opportunities and more. Please take the time this summer to help the church keep up with you as well. Let us know of special times in your life. Please keep me informed of illnesses, injuries, hospitalizations and such in your family. Let us all continue to support one another through the coming months!
Grace and peace,