At our last Church Council meeting we took our next step toward our annual meeting. Last year, you may remember, that we held the event on Zoom. This year we hope to meet in person and on Zoom. Looking back over the past year is always a time for acknowledgements. While we lost our beloved Kathie… we also gained the full skills of our moderator Paul in his computer/organizing skills and leadership during a confusing time. We also have appreciated some veteran council members and some newbies. And most of all we have seen how you, the people of this community of faith have come together, worshiped, supported those in various needs of our community, and have kept this church alive. What a privilege it is to walk with you in this spiritual journey.
Our annual meeting is also a time to look to the future. We still are exploring possibilities for a new worship center. We still are looking at how we can continue to be good stewards with our blessed resources. We still are looking at ways to be a good and faithful servant to our God’s mission with us. And to do this we need to continue to empower our church leaders.
Our council is always in need of veterans and newbies. The past two years have been stressful but rewarding. We look to adjust our leadership so that we prevent burnout. When I think of leadership, I think of two great models. The one example is Moses. Most of us think of Moses as this great leader who led the people out of slavery and onto the edge of the Promised Land. Well in Exodus 3… we read:
“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.”
Moses was an escaped slave tending the flock. And thus, when God asked him to lead, this is the conversation that ensued:
God said, “And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
Whoever leads this church… God will be us…
And then there was Stephen…He was one of the seven men chosen to be responsible over the distribution of food to widows in the early church after a dispute arose and the apostles recognized they needed help. He was also “full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people” (Acts 6:8)
Thus, Stephen became a leader because he was faithful. Therefore, my friends if you are faithful and you wish to serve this church re-entering the Council as a veteran renewed in your energy or as a newbie called by our faithful community, I invite you to talk with me about being a member of our leadership team. And as always, I celebrate how we all, as participants in this community of faith, continue to serve our God.
Blessings to you all,