Thanks for another great congregational conversation. We do these talks quite well.
Last Sunday we gathered in the Activity Center between the worship services and we enjoyed a great conversation. Council members facilitated discussions around three questions: 1) What do you appreciate about worship in the Activity Center? 2) What has not been helpful? What would you change, if you could? 3) Do you have any other concerns on your mind?
Regardless of the responses to these questions, I enjoyed watching our elected leaders listen carefully to our people. Council members took copious notes and will share those notes with the full council on Tuesday night. I’m confident the Council will want to summarize those findings and share them with you.
Healthy congregations encourage questions and try to be as transparent as possible when addressing those questions. A “spirit of openness” goes a long way in terms of building trust and moving the community forward.
This building project has forced us to worship in unfamiliar spaces and in new ways. It has forced us to be flexible and open to weekly challenges. And, we’ve responded positively and creatively to these challenges. Thank you for navigating these difficulties with grace and humility.
If you were not able to join us for the conversation and have some thoughts to share on the stated questions, please jot them down and forward them to the church office. We will direct them to our Council.
Have a blessed week.
P.S. We also hosted a tour on Sunday of some of the new spaces in our building that are finished and currently under construction!
At First Lutheran, we are a community of disciples of Jesus Christ working for the transformation of the world. Throughout our history, we have remained committed to drawing on our Lutheran (ELCA) tradition of using meaningful worship, content-rich learning and warm hospitality to care well for our congregation, the surrounding community and the world.