Annual meeting: Yesterday (Jan. 27) Salem held it’s annual meeting. Normally our meetings are pretty quick(20 minutes tops)…with very little on the agenda, but this year was different. Agenda items included: (1) Consider to approve purchase of new ELWs; (2) Budget (of course); (3) Consider to approve bid for new ramp that leads to the sanctuary; (4) Discussion of moving to twice a month communion; among some other items on the agenda. I looked back in my worship attendance records and normally we average 75 on annual meeting Sunday…yesterday we had 92. Considering the agenda items I am not surprised.
But everything went great…there was great discussion, excellent questions, and concerns were voiced. In the end, the congregation approved the purchase of the new ELW (Evangelical Lutheran Worship – the new hymnals recently released) and there was basically no concerns about moving to twice a month communion. The bid for the ramp had some discussion but, once again, in the end the bid was approved. I was very impressed with our congregational president and the discussion that took place. I hope and pray people felt that their voice was heard.
Now the tough work begins…implementing the new hymnals and our major building project this spring or summer.
Evangelism class: Today is going to be a day of preparation for an evangelism class I am teaching. The class is at the First Call Theological Retreat at Shalom Hill Farm near Windom, MN. This will be the first time I have lead a class like this for a bunch of pastors (first call) and it is a little unnerving, but exciting at the same time. My class starts at 4pm so please say a little prayer for me as I teach.
"Winter break": We are currently receiving a "winter break". The temperatures are expected to rise into the 40s before taking a nose dive Tuesday night. By Wednesday morning it is expected to be -14 degrees with a wind chill around -40. Almost an 80 degree differential…you got to love Minnesota.
I guess the lesson to be learned here is to take advantage of every moment, because you never know when you will get another one (or at least a warm one). Was that too deep for a Monday? 🙂
Have a super start to your week and God bless!