Living Our Values For Such a Time as This

Save this PDF as:
 WORD  PNG  TXT  JPG

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Living Our Values For Such a Time as This"

Transcription

1 the spire Volume 81 / Number 9 September 2017 Exploring what it means to follow l o the way of Jesus s Christ Living Our Values For Such a Time as This By Jim Segaar Ever wonder why Seattle First Baptist exists? Why do so many people give their time, talents and money to keep SFBC healthy? In these enlightened times, isn t there a better way to use those resources? A number of years ago, when we were welcoming Ned Allyn Parker to our community, Pastor Tim Phillips asked a group of us to share why we supported Seattle First Baptist. Some mentioned the music, others the message, many brought up our sense of community. My answer was a little different, and I still find that it works for me: I believe that SFBC needs to be here to welcome the next group that society decides is inferior, unwelcome, or marginalized. Our church s ministry of radical inclusivity must continue, especially For Such a Time as This. Our times aren t very enlightened, after all. Just ask our Muslim or transgender neighbors how it feels to be vilified by presidents, politicians and people across the country. I remember what it was like to be gay when homosexuals were constantly called out as the great Satans of society. Things are better for folks like me today, but it always feels like a bunch of gay bashers are hiding just around the corner. History teaches us that oppression is always abundant. Jesus once said that the poor will always be with us, and he hasn t been proved wrong yet. I also believe that the marginalized and persecuted will always be with us because fear, ignorance, pomposity and hatred - too often aided and abetted by religion - will always be in plentiful supply. Maybe someday I ll be proved wrong, but no time soon around here. I believe that in times like these it is critical for SFBC to know what our values are, The Spire is published monthly by Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Avenue, Seattle, WA PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAID at Seattle WA USPS: POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to The Spire, Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle, WA 98122

2 and to make those values clear in our community by living them day by day. That is why I invite you to join me in continuing to support our church, perhaps renewing or reinvigorating our support. I do believe that Love Wins, but only when we live in love, when we become living vessels for the Love of God that this world so sorely needs. So why does Seattle First Baptist exist? Because our world needs us and our ministry. Because we need each other. Because only by living in love will we emerge from Times Like This to a better day. Living Our Values A Homecoming Series Sunday, September 10 is Homecoming, one of the high holy days at Seattle First Baptist. That s the day when many of our activities resume after taking some time off. And this year it is when we will begin a six-week series of worship services with the theme of Living Our Values, focused on our new Affirmation of Values. Each week we will explore one of the value statements that members of our community created earlier this year. We will go beyond the words in each statement to explore what it means to live our values, as individuals and as a church. Each of us will be given an opportunity to share how we live our values day to day. Following are our value statements, listed in the order which we will address them in worship. Please join us. Homecoming Sunday, September 10 We will be present to one another and our neighbors in our personal relationships and by creating venues for engagement where we can learn about viewpoints different from our own. Pastor Tim Phillips will preach on John I go to prepare a place for you Sunday, September 17 We will actively work to recognize and change our own biases and to fight racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, ageism and other systemic prejudices. Rev. Allyson Parker, a transgender Baptist minister, will preach and speak at a luncheon. Sunday, September 24 We will protect our environment and support preservation programs that are based on scientific data designed to improve our resources, enhance biodiversity, and reverse human-caused climate change. Pastor Harriet Platts will preach. World Communion Sunday, October 1 We will respect all religions by learning about the beliefs, values and struggles of our neighbors and by demonstrating support for them. Pastor Tim Phillips will preach on Ephesians creating one new humanity Sunday, October 8 We will welcome the stranger, including immigrants and refugees, as our Scriptures instruct. We will explore how to support their causes and advocate for justice, remembering that many of us are the children of immigrants and refugees. Theologian in Residence Patricia Hunter will preach on Leviticus you shall love the alien as yourself Companis Sunday, October 15 We will go deeper in faith as we do justice, love mercy, work for peace and walk humbly with God. Members of Companis will lead us in worship. Lunch follows. We Welcome a Very Special Guest in September As part of our Living Our Values series, we welcome a very special guest to our pulpit on Sunday, September 17. Rev. Allyson Dylan Robinson, who is believed to be the first openly transgender person ever to be ordained by a Baptist church, will preach and speak at a lunch event that day. The theme for the service is: We will actively work to recognize and change our own biases. Rev. Robinson recently served as transitional pastor of Washington, D.C. s Calvary Baptist Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational congregation that has served the nation s capital for over 150 years. MSNBC has speculated that she might be the most radical preacher in America. Today, Allyson is a senior strategist at Cook Ross, a global consulting firm specializing Page 2

3 in diversity and inclusion, leadership, and organizational transformation. Previously, she led diversity initiatives at the Human Rights Campaign and was the first transgender person to lead a national LGBT advocacy organization as executive director of OutServe-SLDN. She s also served as an Army officer, led Baptist congregations on two continents, studied at West Point, Baylor University, and the University of Oxford, and earned degrees in physics and theology. Allyson has been honored by Harvard Law School as a Woman Inspiring Change in the field of law and policy and received the Courage Award from West Point s LGBT student and alumni association for her public advocacy. She lives with Danyelle, her wife of 23 years, and their four children in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. This event is made possible by funding from the Romney Endowment. Be sure to join us on September 17 for what is likely to be a very dynamic, energetic day. Wednesday Dinner Programs in September By Pastor Tim Phillips With the beginning of our program year, we are looking forward to seeing you at dinner on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. We have several programs planned, which will begin at 6:45 p.m. On September 6, join us for a conversation about our Affirmation of Values. Led by the writing team and our community s leaders, we will have the opportunity to hear more about how this statement came to be and how it will guide us in the days ahead. You can read our statement here. seattlefirstbaptist. org/affirmation-of-values. html On September 13, you are invited to a conversation about the new book by the Rev. Dr. Marcia Patton,Intentionally Inclusive. Dr. Patton is the Executive Minister of our Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches and the book tells the story of our journey toward inclusivity in our life together as a denominational family. SFBC plays a major role in that story. Rosh Hashana begins the evening of September 20 so dinner that evening will be in Fridell. We remind you that this is a holy time for our Jewish sisters and brothers and that Bet Alef will be having a service in the Sanctuary. Please be mindful of that as we gather that evening. There will be no program following dinner that night. On September 27, in advance of World Communion (Sunday, October 1), we will be hearing from a special guest, Aneelah Afzali, who is coordinating a Muslim youth program here in metro Seattle. Sister Aneelah is a dynamic speaker who will help us to understand Islamophobia. Please do not miss this opportunity! Join Us for Dinner on Wednesdays By Darren Hochstedler Our social media culture can lead us to feeling both connected and isolated at the same time. Sometimes face to face interaction with our church family can be just what we need to re-connect and refresh us. Sunday mornings are great but the church offers other opportunities throughout the week to strengthen our connections and help us go deeper in relationship. On September 6, one of those opportunities, our weekly Wednesday Evening Dinners, resumes. Every Wednesday we gather to share a meal prepared by our own Chef Rick. The delicious meal, which includes dessert, starts at 6 p.m. with a prayer from one of our pastors and sung table grace. Friends and families sit around the table to re-connect and enjoy conversation. Parking is always free and there is often a program of interest following dinner. If you ve attended dinner in the past, we hope to see you back this year. If you have never attended, we encourage you to give it a try. Yes, traffic in Seattle can be difficult to navigate, but a few minutes in traffic for a delicious home cooked meal can be a good trade off and we promise you will not be asked to do the dishes. Time: 6 7 p.m. Cost: $7 per person or $15 per family No one is turned away Reservations are not needed Childcare available for the little ones Save the Date Hilltop Turns 50 Hilltop House Retirement Community will celebrate its 50th Anniversary this year. Hilltop has a long relationship with Seattle First Baptist, and we will recognize this event during worship on Sunday, October 8. A special celebration at Hilltop House is planned for Saturday, October 7 at 5 p.m. We will have more information about the event, as well as a history of SFBC s involvement with Hilltop, in the October Spire. Page 3

4 Welcome Our New Staff Members! Hello from Pastor Jennifer Ikoma-Motzko Hello SFBC! Thank you for welcoming me and my family. Picnic Sunday was my first worship service as your interim Associate Minister of Children, Families & Young Adults. My family already is enjoying your warm embrace of the First Baptist family. Although, it s unclear at this point if my daughter now thinks there will be a bouncy house after every worship service. I look forward to journeying with you during this season of transition and change in the life of the church. I can be reached via phone, , or various social media avenues. My part-time weekly schedule includes being at the church on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (and I may suddenly discover an open time slot to meet if it includes Rachel s Ginger Beer). Hello from Our New Organist April Kuhr I am excited and honored to be a part of the rich and diverse musical tradition of First Baptist Church. The beautiful Aeloian-Skinner organ is an inspiration to play, and I am already enjoying music making with the summer soloists, and with the Congregation, whose hymn singing is unequaled anywhere. After twenty-five years as a free lance musician in the New York City metropolitan area, I returned to my hometown of Shelton in October, and am now proud to call SFBC my spiritual home. I am truly inspired by your warmth and enthusiasm, and the breadth and depth of the staff and entire community. No matter what craziness is going on in the world at large, or only in my corner of it, it is a relief to worship with you and be nourished by the sacred words and music in this beautiful sacred space. I look forward to making beautiful music with you on our spiritual journey together. Commissioning Our Pastoral Team On Sunday, August 20 we commissioned our new interim pastoral team during worship. We welcomed Pastor Jennifer Ikoma-Motzko as Interim Associate Pastor for Children, Families, and Young Adults. We also celebrated the continued service of Pastor Harriet Platts as Interim Associate Pastor. They join Lead Pastor Tim Phillips, Pastor for Senior Adult Ministries David Kile, and Theologian in Residence Patricia Hunter. Page 4

5 Singing a New Song By Jim Ginn, Music Commission Chair Sing to God a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. Psalm 33:3 The Bible mentions making music well over a thousand times. That s how important it is. Scripture repeatedly encourages us to bring new life to our music, not to let it get old and stale. Not once does it exhort us to make music poorly or half-heartedly. Rather we are instructed to make music with skill and joy. Many of us are still in the grieving process over the retirement of our long-time beloved Choral Director, Vicky Thomas. At the same time we are aware that endings provide the opportunity for beginnings. On a foundation of hope we launch a new music season. As you read these words, the Sanctuary Choir will already have completed an inspiring and renewing season kick-off retreat with the theme, Embracing Change - What you celebrate IS what you create; without change, there would be no butterfly. Under the fine leadership of interim directors, Geoffrey and Amy Boers, we are well on our way to preparing for a new season of worship music. Please join us in worship on Homecoming Sunday for a first inspiring experience of our new songs. We are most fortunate that the Boers have returned to launch our new season. They directed the Sanctuary Choir while Vicky Thomas was away on sabbatical leave. Dr. Geoffrey Boers is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Washington, a program widely recognized as one of the most vibrant and innovative in the country, attracting students from around the world. Amy Boers is one of the region s most sought after accompanists and coaches. She is also recognized as a national leader in Lutheran church music. We are thrilled to benefit from their musical passions and experience. We continue to be uplifted by the skills and musical expertise of our new organist, April Kuhr. She has already created a spirit of newness in worship music. We look forward to witnessing her many inspiring ideas and musical offerings. The Choral Director Search Committee is working diligently toward their goal of hiring a new director by November. They ve had good responses to the call for applicants, and have reported good progress in their search process. Belle Chenault, our Director of Music for Children and Youth, has planned another fun and educational season of music making. We can be sure that it will involve intergenerational opportunities with voices, bells, chimes, rhythm instruments and more. As you can see our music program is alive and strong. What better time to join us? The primary goal of our Music Commission over the past several years has been to create an environment that celebrates the best that sacred music has to offer and that includes everyone in our faith community. Sing a new song with joy! The Wideness of Our Welcome By Pastor Harriet Platts Draw the circle wide; draw it wider still. Let this be our song! No one stands alone. Standing side by side, draw the circle wide. G. Light, 1994 What is the width of our inclusion as a faith community? What does inclusion look like in our daily living and in our spiritual practice? Do we have room to be BIGGER in our inclusion? The Fall Women s Retreat is being created to nurture and deepen our connection with what it means to be welcoming affirming and inclusive of one another and the world, now! We will explore our personal and communal stories of being welcomed and affirmed for who we are and discover practices that reflect this shared value of inclusion in relationship to ourselves to others, and to the world. We ll use a council dialogue form called the Circle Way to create a safe, refuge space for our conversations and discoveries. In the Circle Way Page 5

6 form, each person is counted as a leader and responsible for tending to the circle space. Clare Taylor will be joining me (Pastor Harriet Platts) as a guest leader and support for this retreat. Clare is a recently retired organization and leadership development director with the last 17 years in community health. She finds joy these days in what she calls field work, supporting individuals and groups living into the aspiration of the 13th century mystic, Rumi, Out beyond ideas of right doing and wrong doing there is a field. I ll meet you there. We welcome Clare! Registration forms are available at the Welcome Table in the Fellowship Hall and in the church office. Please note there is an early registration incentive as well as an option to pay online. We look forward to being with you on retreat this year! Senior Luncheon: Managing Life Transitions Sunday, October 1 following worship Change is inevitable in our lives. Our jobs come and go. We experience physical changes and health issues, lose people we love, retire, and downsize our lives. Sometimes we handle these changes easily; but sometimes we resist and get stuck wishing for what used to be or feeling dissatisfied with what is. How might we weather these changes more easily? Find practical answers in the presentation, Managing Life Transitions, offered by Joanne Horn, Director of Second Half Connections. Joanne introduces a practical guide for moving through change. Joanne highlights three transition stages we experience when our external world shifts and we are required to give up what is familiar in favor of the unknown. As these stages are described, participants are introduced to specific concrete tasks they can do themselves to let go of what used to be and embrace what is new. With a background in both the arts (BA in English Literature and Art History) and mental health research and program development, Joanne Horn has crafted a thirty-year career as a human relations specialist. A dynamic, engaging adult educator, Joanne has trained diverse populations and specialized in developing interactive curricula for government, corporate, and non-profit organizations. She has served as an adjunct faculty member of Antioch University and taught at the University of Washington Medical School as well as Seattle University and University of Washington law schools. In 2009, Joanne established the organization, Second Half Connections, to provide educational forums - classes, discussions, presentations - in which participants explore together both the opportunities and the challenges of their stage in life as a means of finding renewed meaning and direction for their lives. Cost for lunch is $5. Please contact the church office to reserve a spot. Issues of Faith Continues in Fall Adult Learning By Steve Smith Classes will resume on Homecoming Sunday, Sept 10. Following this year s welcome home theme, Lynn Gaertner- Johnston and Janet Hasselblad will lead activities to help us be present to one another and to our neighbors to create a sense and a place of belonging. On September 17, 24, and Oct. 1, Curt Smith will lead a discussion on Three Phases of a Faith Journey. This series continues the discussion of faith issues in the twenty-first century which began last fall with the video series Painting the Stars. Some people have suggested that Christianity has undergone a major house cleaning every five hundred years, and we are in the midst of it right now! Some of us may be comfortable with where we are on our spiritual journey. Others may be searching, discouraged, or whatever. The shape of the Christian Church and of SFBC that our grandchildren will know is being decided right now! Come join us in this discussion. Curt Smith is a former member of SFBC and an ordained American Baptist clergyman. He lives with his wife, Eunice, in Mukilteo. He facilitated the first Living the Questions series at SFBC in He is the author of eleven self-published books on various subjects, including a book of poetry, five novels and his latest book Mind Blogging (a compilation of articles from his blog The Writer s Corner). In Curt s words: Walter Brueggemann, an Old Testament scholar and theologian, suggests there typically are three phases in a faith journey. What we inherit or learn during our early years, or what we re taught when we first discover faith, is a phase of orientation, which flows easily into the rhythm of life. However, for most of us, there s usually time, when some or all of it no longer makes sense, and we have questions, as we enter a phase of disorientation. It becomes apparent some assembly is required, as we consider options, deal with mixed feelings and listen to others who are happy to instruct us. If our faith journey continues, and hopefully it will, we finally enter a third phase of reorientation, when we resolve our issues and decide what works for us. It s a place where the rhythm of life is restored, and we feel grateful. During this three-part series we will discuss these three phases of a faith journey, share insights and hopefully find ways to be people of faith in a complex world. Page 6

7 Other fall highlights: On October 22 and 29 the Creativity Expo Committee will host panel discussions on The Intersection of Spirituality and Creativity. During November Lynn Gaertner-Johnston and Joanne Wright will continue a discussion from last fall on Racism in the United States. Start your Sunday morning exploring significant contemporary issues at 9:30 AM with a cup of coffee and friends in the church parlor! Money Talk By Phil Mortenson, Investment Committee Chair, Darren Hochstedler, Church Administrator, and Don Phillips, Treasurer Financial Update. The Church s financial condition is in good order as we have entered the second half of As of July 31, 2017, our total revenue is $546,641 and our expenses are $598,425, which is a difference of $54,701. A large amount of our pledge revenue is ordinarily realized in the last couple of months of the year, so our present deficit on paper is expected and our situation is better than normal. By comparison, the negative difference between revenue and expenses at this time in the previous three years averaged $180,503 three times greater than it is now. Our belt-tightening is reaping results. Approximately 85% of our expenses fit into two categories: 1) salaries and benefits, and 2) building operations. We are doing well at holding expenses down in both those categories. We anticipate ending 2017 on budget, meaning that our expenses should equal our revenues. Both are projected this year at about $1,136,500. Investments. Below is a snapshot of the Church s investment picture on July 31, The headings refer to the following: Security identifies the type of investment we hold with our investment broker at UBS Financial Services, or, in the case of notes, the real estate notes that we hold with the party who has received a loan from us. Amount means the market value of that security on August 1, Percentage of Assets means the portion of our total investment portfolio that the named security comprises. SECURITY AMOUNT % OF ASSETS Cash and Money Funds 21,422 1 Equities Stocks, Mutual Funds, ETFs 1,029, Fixed Income Bonds, Notes and Munis 580, Other Mixed Equity and Income 467, Real Estate Notes Secured by trust deeds 87,516 4 The total market value of all the investments in the Church s portfolio as of July 31, 2017 was $2,187,428. In addition to growing its investments through increased market value, SFBC is also enjoying increases through dividends and interest, which have accumulated $33,516 year-to-date. As can be seen from the above mixture of securities, SFBC s investment philosophy is moderately conservative. Consequently, the Church has done well during past downturns in the market. Two years ago, SFBC completed a renovation of its Hospital building, converting unoccupied space into income-generating real estate that is now leased to nonprofits and is earning more revenue to support the Church. Although our investment portfolio financed the remodel construction, the resulting additional rent serves as a good hedge against market corrections. Finally, the Investment Committee continues to increase its holdings in socially responsible funds. Two of our largest holdings are Calvert Equity Portfolio and ishares MSCI Select Social Index ETF with current values of $230,617 and $450,094 respectively. That s a little under one-third of our total investment assets that are associated with companies that emphasize environmental (especially relating to fossil fuels), social, and governance characteristics. These funds are doing better than merely holding their own against the overall U.S. stock market. Calvert has increased so far this year by 14.97% vs. an increase of 11.59% in the S&P 500 Index. ishares has increased 19.63% over the past 12 months. Bottom line: Church finances are in good order so far this year and we anticipate ending the year with having achieved a balanced budget. Page 7

8 2018 Stewardship Campaign I m IN From the Stewardship Commission When was the last time you said, I m in? Maybe it was in response to a challenge to join a group, to take action, to make a commitment. Are you in? Yes, I m in. It s a clear-cut statement to be part of something bigger. Building on last year s Stewardship campaign For Everyone Born, A Place at the Table, we ve adopted I m IN as the theme for We re also extending this expression a bit by using IN words for our weekly topics. IN words tie to our core values of INclusion, INtention and INvolvement. The theme aligns with the many ways we can all INvest in our church community with our time, talent and treasures. Pledging during the Stewardship Campaign is one form of saying I m IN. As stewards of this community, its operations, and its staff and facilities, each of us is INcented to step forward with faith and commitment to INsure the welfare of our church. Our theme I m IN INtreats 100% participation in making a pledge. Only by receiving pledges from every household can we realistically plan our INcome and expenses in a financially responsible way. Are you INtrigued? Look for more INformation about this campaign and how to be INvolved over the coming weeks. Here are dates (and themes) to keep in mind as we look forward to Pledge Sunday on October 22: Sunday, October 1 I M INcluded Sunday, October 8 I M INvited Sunday, October 15 I M INvolved Sunday, October 22 I M INvested Since 1869 Seattle First Baptist Church has been changing lives, reaching out into the community, and sharing the amazing message of God s love and grace. With your pledge, you will help ensure that this powerful legacy continues. We ask everyone to be IN! SFBC Creativity Connections Presents: Where Art Meets Spirit By Theresa Pruett Creativity Connections is presenting a month-long experience exploring the intersection of creativity and spirituality, and showcasing the diverse creativity of the SFBC community. During the month of October, Creativity Connections is sponsoring events and presentations during Sunday and Wednesday night education hours, which culminate in Expo Weekend on October 28 and 29. Everyone is welcome. Look for upcoming announcements with specific dates, times, and topics. For those who wish to participate, Expo Weekend is a place to share your story of creative endeavor and spiritual connection with your church family. Whether your creative endeavor is one of words, paint, or textiles, or wood carving, sculpting, or photography, your creative diversity is welcome. If you are interested in participating in the weekend exhibition, please inquire at the welcome desk during coffee hour after church. ABW Happenings By Shirley Wilkinson Would you like to make new friends at our church and get involved in ministry? I invite you to visit one or both of our two circles. Mt. Carmel meets quarterly, beginning in October, at 12:00 at homes. After a dessert, they have an interesting program. The contact persons are Jean Mattson or Jane Herness. Friendship Circle meets the second Tuesday of each month, September through May, in Fridell Lounge at 5:30 pm. After sharing a meal they have an interesting program. The contact person is Carole Cornell. By meeting regularly, the members of each circle have the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships, learn more about our community, and participate in various ministries. The September meeting for Friendship Circle will be September 12. Instead of a speaker, we will roll bandages for the hospitals in the Congo. In October, another chapter of the Life of an American Baptist Woman. Thanks to Marilyn Page 8

9 Pulliam and Patricia Hunter who have contributed chapters. The North Puget Sound Area of ABW Ministries is having its Fall Rally on September 30 at Anacortes Baptist Church. Sarah Nash, a young adult woman from Olympia First Baptist Church, will share with us her call to become a missionary in Bolivia. There will also be music, good food, fellowship, and a short business meeting. The registration cost is $10 up to September 20 and $15 afterwards. Registration and refreshments are at 9:30 am. Registration forms are available at the Welcome Table or from Shirley Wilkinson. Questions? Call Shirley. Contact information for any of the people mentioned is available from the church office. SFBC Gay Fathers Gathering Sunday, September 24 A group of eight gay fathers from our church held their first gathering on August 16. Going forward, the SFBC Gay Fathers Gathering will meet at 12:30 p.m., following worship, in the Companis Abelson Center Lounge on the fourth Sunday of each month. At the September 24 gathering, pizza & beverages will be available. All gay fathers are welcome to join this informal social/discussion group. Calling All Greeters We strive to welcome all people at Seattle First Baptist, beginning when they first walk through the door to worship. Each week volunteer greeters welcome all people who come to attend worship. Will you help with this important ministry? We need volunteer greeters every week. Please contact Jane Herness if you are willing to be a greeter. Contact information is available from the church office. Page 9

10 A Stitch in Time Covenant Shores is proudly displaying a quilt donated by Vivian Hanson in the newly remodeled Health Center. Pastor Harriet Platts happened to be on hand for the unveiling in August and provided these photos. Vivian, 95, learned to quilt by hand from her grandmother. Her husband Donald, 97, was also on hand for the festivities. The Faith Community Nurse Is In By Sue Ross Starting this month I will be available Wednesday afternoons from 3-6 p.m. and following the worship service on Sunday. My church address is which I will check on Wednesdays and Sundays. Don t hesitate to send me an if you think I can be of any help to you or feel free to stop me in church if you would like to set up a time to meet. I will also maintain a bulletin board in Fellowship Hall where I will post timely health information. Let me know if there is a particular topic that you would like me to address. Evergreen to Honor Marcia Patton The Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches is having its annual meeting in October. The meeting begins at Panther Lake on Friday, October 13, and moves to New Beginnings on Saturday, October 14. There is a retirement dinner for Rev. Dr. Marcia Patton on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. and business meetings that morning which will include a Q&A session with the new Executive Minister candidate. We hope that many people from SFBC will attend. Registration forms and schedules are available from the church office. An earlier event will focus on Dr. Patton s new book, Intentionally Inclusive Together at the Table for Ministry. A book signing event will take place on Homecoming Sunday, September 10 at 3 p.m. at Japanese Baptist Church. Seattle First Baptist features prominently in the book. It is available on Amazon.com, with the following description: In a society that is increasingly diverse in race and ethnicity, religious background and theological conviction, socioeconomic status and political perspectives, this practical resource explores the broad dimensions of what it means to be a multicultural community of faith and relates the powerful story of how one group chose to pursue intentional inclusion and faithful intercultural ministry through ethnic caucuses and consensus-based decision-making. Grounded in biblical narrative as well as personal experiences, the book offers an authentic and honest look into a real-life experiment in inclusive ministry. Includes questions for personal reflection and ideas for small-group implementation. Church Council Invites Us to Weaving Our Strengths The Church Council of Greater Seattle is presenting its annual conference, Weaving Our Strengths Conference: For Such a Time as This, on Saturday, September 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference is for individuals and communities yearning for connection, for relationship, for spiritual grounding, for action, and for opportunities to come together. In these times, how can church members build on our own gifts, develop tools for ministry and social engagement, and transform the public square? The day-long conference will offer fellowship, inspiration, and skill-building. Complete information and registration is available on the Church Council s website: at Page 10

11 Workshop themes include faith-based community organizing; racial reconciliation and justice-making; building relationships across differences; spiritual discomfort; climate justice; the Reformation today; affordable housing; ways to call upon God; immigrant accompaniment; and allyship in the public square. Last year more than 200 people from 55 congregations attended the conference. Help Fight Hunger By Sami Hoag, Outreach Commission co-chair Outreach Commission calls all SFBC members to help fight hunger by giving 2.5 hours of your time. Gethsemane Lutheran and the Hope Center are leading a meal packaging event called Give.Share.Eat. on September Volunteers will package 54,000 meals that will stay in Western Washington to feed hungry people. The meals are nutrient-fortified, easy to make (require only a microwave or hot pot), and are easy to augment with fresh veggies and fruits if those become available to people using the meals. Please go to the link to sign up for a time that works for you: An Eagle Scout Speaks Out By Kristen-Diane Pollock Editor s Note: Kristen-Diane is a member of SFBC currently living in the Midwest. On July 26 of this year, President Donald Trump tweeted regarding a ban on Transgender military personnel. Mr. Trump tweeted After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised...will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve...in the U.S. Military. He continued nine minutes later with: Our military must be focused...and... cannot be burned with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Many news outlets covering the President s tweet regarding this issue have everybody from the media to the Department of Defense scratching their heads and asking many questions including: What are you doing Mr. Trump and which generals did you consult? If I had my way, I d say to our current President: Well, Mr. Trump, you ve angered many, many people including currently serving Transgender military personnel and veterans, not to mention a few of the rarest women on this earth who have been created by Almighty God - the female Eagle Scout, and we are madder than a wet hornet; if the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) can accept Transgender individuals then the military can too. I bring up the BSA due to their statement of January 30: For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs. However, that approach is no longer sufficient... as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state. Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on gender identity indicated on the application. Our organization s local councils will help find units...the best interest of the child. During an Eagle Scout s (Scouting s Highest Rank) Court of Honor presentation, where the Eagle rank is awarded the candidate, the Scout takes this oath: I (re)affirm my allegiance to the three promises of the Scout Oath. I thoughtfully recognize and take upon myself the obligations and responsibilities of an Eagle Scout. On my honor, I will do my best to make my training an example and my status and my influence count strongly for better Scouting and for better citizenship in my troop, in my community, and in my contacts with other people. To this I pledge my sacred honor. It is time for Eagles to honor their oath and be an example of better citizenship by speaking out against anything like this Transgender military ban. It is not only anti-american, it is also against the teachings of our Lord and Savior. I ve often heard that Jesus would have hung out with the outcast showing his unconditional love in the same way the Father loves us all. All I can say is: Let Transgender people serve with the capacities that God has gifted them and called them to serve. Note: Kristen-Diane Pollock is an Eagle Scout having earned the Eagle Scout Rank in Page 11

12 September Events Calendar Sunday, Sep. 3 Labor Day Weekend 11 a.m. Worship and Communion with Pastor Tim Phillips and Nicole Grant of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Council. Plus special music from Geoffrey and Amy Boers, our interim choir directors. Monday, Sep. 4 Labor Day Office Closed Wednesday, Sep. 6 6 p.m. Community Dinner - Fellowship Hall 6:45 p.m. Program - a discussion about our Affirmation of Values. Led by the writing team and our community s leaders. 7 p.m. Choir Rehearsal Sunday, Sep. 10 Homecoming Sunday 9:30 a.m. Adult Learning - Parlor - We will be present to one another and to our neighbors. Week 1 of the Living Our Values series about our Affirmation of Values 10:15 a.m. Family Fellowship Hour in Youth Lounge, 3rd Floor 11 a.m. Worship with Pastor Tim Phillips preaching. John , I go to prepare a place for you. 2 p.m. Memorial Service for Gayle Keesler 3 p.m. Program and book signing to celebrate Marcia Patton s new book, Intentionally Inclusive. SFBC is featured prominently in the book. At Japanese Baptist Church, 160 Broadway Wednesday, Sep p.m. Community Dinner - Fellowship Hall 6:45 p.m. Program - conversation about the new book by the Rev. Dr. Marcia Patton, Intentionally Inclusive. 7 p.m. Choir Rehearsal Saturday, Sep p.m. Jim Wallis speaks at Benaroya Hall. Founder and President of Sojourners, a faith based non-profit organization whose mission statement reads putting faith in action for social justice. 8 p.m. S lichot - Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue High Holy Day event Sunday, Sep. 17 9:30 a.m. Adult Learning - Parlor- We will actively work to recognize and change our own biases. Week 2 of the Living Our Values series about our Affirmation of Values 10:15 a.m. Family Fellowship Hour in Youth Lounge, 3rd Floor 11 a.m. Worship with Allyson Robinson preaching. This special event is funded by the Romney Endowment. More information about our speaker is available at these links: Following Worship - Lunch with Allyson Robinson. She will tell her personal story and discuss how churches can be in ministry with transgender people. Wednesday, Sep p.m. Community Dinner - Fridell Lounge (note location change for this evening) 7 p.m. Choir Rehearsal 7 p.m. Rosh Hashanah Eve - Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue High Holy Day event Thursday, Sep :30 a.m. Rosh Hashanah - Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue High Holy Day event 7 p.m. Diaconate - Parlor Sunday, Sep. 24 9:30 a.m. Adult Learning - Parlor - We will protect our environment. Week 3 of the Living Our Values series about our Affirmation of Values 10:15 a.m. Family Fellowship Hour in Youth Lounge, 3rd Floor 11 a.m. Worship with Pastor Harriet Platts preaching. Following Worship Quarterly Lunch and Meeting Time for all Commissions Page 12

13 Wednesday, Sep p.m. Community Dinner - Fellowship Hall 6:45 p.m. Program - Aneelah Afzali is coordinating a Muslim youth program here in metro Seattle. Sister Aneelah is a dynamic speaker who will help us to understand Islamophobia. 7 p.m. Choir Rehearsal Friday, Sep p.m. Kol Nidrei - Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue High Holy Day event Saturday, Sep a.m. Weaving Our Strengths conference sponsored by the Church Council of Greater Seattle - University Congregational UCC 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m. Yom Kippur - Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue High Holy Day event Sunday, Oct. 1 World Communion Sunday I m In, our Stewardship drive begins. 9:30 a.m. Adult Learning - Parlor - We will respect all religions. Week 4 of the Living Our Values series about our Affirmation of Values. 10:15 a.m. Family Fellowship Hour in Youth Lounge, 3rd Floor 11 a.m. Worship and Communion with Pastor Tim Phillips preaching. Ephesians , creating one new humanity. Following Worship - Senior Adult Luncheon. Joanne Horn will speak about Managing Life Transitions. Cost for lunch is $5 3 p.m. Memorial Service for Amber Joy. Reception to follow. 6 p.m. Seattle Jazz Vespers begins its fifteenth season featuring vocalist David Artegea and his Trio performing classic jazz standards. Page 13

14 Periodicals Postage Paid Seattle, WA USPS Editors Tim Phillips Jim Segaar Publisher and Graphic Artist Kellie Whitlock Photography Contributor Lupe Carlos III Article Deadline 20th of each month Delivery Sign up for delivery of The Spire by registering on our website. SeattleFirstBaptist.org 2017 Seattle First Baptist 1111 Harvard Ave Seattle, WA Phone: Online Extras We had a wonderful time at our annual Church Picnic after worship on Sunday, August 20. Many more photos are available on our website:

2020 Vision A Three-Year Action Plan for the Michigan Conference UCC

2020 Vision A Three-Year Action Plan for the Michigan Conference UCC 2020 Vision A Three-Year Action Plan for the Michigan Conference UCC Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your

More information

Community Ministry Portfolio

Community Ministry Portfolio Community Ministry Portfolio Describe a moment in your worshipping community s ministry which you recognize as one of success and fulfillment. Every spring and fall, the ECW of Christ Church organizes

More information

4. HOW ARE YOU ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO ALLOW GOD'S WORD TO SHAPE THEIR PRIORITIES AND ACTIONS, AND TO NUTURE CONSTANT LEARNING AND THE LIFE OF THE MIND?

4. HOW ARE YOU ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO ALLOW GOD'S WORD TO SHAPE THEIR PRIORITIES AND ACTIONS, AND TO NUTURE CONSTANT LEARNING AND THE LIFE OF THE MIND? Narrative on the Health of Mission and Ministry Mission Affinity Group Report by the Session of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church September 20, 2014 - Meeting With Partner Sessions 1. HOW HAS THE HOLY SPIRIT

More information

the zen practice of balancing the books

the zen practice of balancing the books the zen practice of balancing the books The Big Picture on San Francisco Zen Center s Long-Term Financial Sustainability By Robert Thomas, San Francisco Zen Center President, June 2, 2010 Money is a very

More information

Recommendations from the Faithful Future Discernment Process for a Strategic Plan for United Church of Chapel Hill

Recommendations from the Faithful Future Discernment Process for a Strategic Plan for United Church of Chapel Hill Recommendations from the Faithful Future Discernment Process for a Strategic Plan for United Church of Chapel Hill Submitted to and Approved by Church Council January 10, 2017 As Amended and Approved by

More information

Saint John Vianney Parish 2013 Annual Report

Saint John Vianney Parish 2013 Annual Report Saint John Vianney Parish 2013 Annual Report Dear Friends in Christ: We are so blessed that Saint John Vianney Parish is such a vibrant Catholic congregation that serves its members as well as the broader

More information

Grants for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults

Grants for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults Grants for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults Deadline: Thursday, April 30, 2015, by 4 pm Return application to: ATTN: PGA Council Grants Committee Presbytery of Greater Atlanta 1024 Ponce de Leon

More information

Metropolitan Community Churches Strategic Plan

Metropolitan Community Churches Strategic Plan Metropolitan Community Churches 2014 2018 Strategic Plan 1 U P D A T E D 3 0 O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 MCC 2014-2018 Strategic Plan 10/30/2014 Governing Board Strategic Planning Framework and Background Governing

More information

Vol Issues 8 & Childcare available at all services. WORSHIP 9:30 a.m.

Vol Issues 8 & Childcare available at all services. WORSHIP 9:30 a.m. Aug & Sep 2017 CHURCH STAFF Pastor: Rev. Cecilia Baxter Interim Pastor: Rev. John Kunkel Interim Director of Music: Anthony Newett Director of Children and Youth Ministry: Janet Newett Nursery: Bobbie

More information

Trinity Episcopal Church Congregational Profile

Trinity Episcopal Church Congregational Profile Trinity Episcopal Church Congregational Profile The following is a summary of the Congregational Profile compiled from the data gathered at our various parish town hall style meetings. 1. Describe a moment

More information

Women s Ministry. Level 1: Laying the Foundation for Women s Ministry

Women s Ministry. Level 1: Laying the Foundation for Women s Ministry Women s Ministry Level 1: Laying the Foundation for Women s Ministry Women s ministry exists to fulfill the purpose of the local church, which is the carrying out of the Great Commission. The fuel for

More information

Position Profile Executive Director The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation Washington, DC

Position Profile Executive Director The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation Washington, DC Position Profile Executive Director The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation Washington, DC The Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation seeks a deeply contemplative, seasoned, and visionary leader

More information

Saint John the Baptist

Saint John the Baptist Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church For every good endowment and perfect gift is from Above, coming down from the Father of Lights. James 1:17 Dear Parishioners and Friends, For every good and

More information

The Network News. VISION NIGHT Sunday, April 30, 2017, 6 PM Crossroads Community Church 1420 Lakeside Drive, Yorktown. April 2017

The Network News. VISION NIGHT Sunday, April 30, 2017, 6 PM Crossroads Community Church 1420 Lakeside Drive, Yorktown. April 2017 The Network News April 2017 VISION NIGHT Sunday, April 30, 2017, 6 PM Crossroads Community Church 1420 Lakeside Drive, Yorktown Every Spring, we gather for one night to share our vision and to highlight

More information

GRACE GOSPEL. To be known as a people...who LOVE their God...who SERVE their community...who GROW in their relationship with Jesus Christ

GRACE GOSPEL. To be known as a people...who LOVE their God...who SERVE their community...who GROW in their relationship with Jesus Christ GRACE GOSPEL To be known as a people...who LOVE their God...who SERVE their community...who GROW in their relationship with Jesus Christ Our Values We believe that how we pursue our mission is as important

More information

Crosspoint Church. Life Change Happens Here! ANNUAL REPORT

Crosspoint Church. Life Change Happens Here! ANNUAL REPORT Crosspoint Church Life Change Happens Here! 2016 ANNUAL REPORT Life-Change Happens Here Life-change was witnessed over and over again in 2016 at Crosspoint! We are so thankful for all that God has done

More information

GRANTS FOR MINISTRIES WITH YOUNG PEOPLE United States Applicants

GRANTS FOR MINISTRIES WITH YOUNG PEOPLE United States Applicants GRANTS FOR MINISTRIES WITH YOUNG PEOPLE United States Applicants Application due JUNE 1 st (FOR 2016 FUNDING) Return application to: Young People s Ministries Attn: Grants Administrator PO Box 340003 Nashville,

More information

April. April Holy Week

April. April Holy Week Following are topic suggestions for April-June that can be the basis for a variety of communication opportunities, from viewpoint articles placed with local newspapers to sermons shared with parishioners

More information

St. Anthony Parish Pastoral Plan

St. Anthony Parish Pastoral Plan I. Pastor s Vision Statement As we look to the future, St. Anthony s Parish should strive for a vision that aligns with the universal mission of the Church. We must become ever more focused on our primary

More information

OUR MISSION: Together we proclaim and embody God s unconditional love for the sake of the world

OUR MISSION: Together we proclaim and embody God s unconditional love for the sake of the world OUR MISSION: Together we proclaim and embody God s unconditional love for the sake of the world 2018 Rocky Mountain Synod Pre-Assembly Information Packet WESTIN HOTEL WESTMINSTER, CO rmselca.org/assembly

More information

Consultation Report for Atascocita UMC

Consultation Report for Atascocita UMC INTRODUCTION We, the consultation team, would like to thank Rev. Deborah Proctor, Rev. Cameron Supak, the lay leadership and the congregation of Atascocita United Methodist Church for the invitation to

More information

Yorkminster Park Baptist Church

Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Long Range Plan 2012 Long Range Plan 2012 Mandate and Background...Page 1 Objectives...Page 2...Page 3 Appendix A for each Objective...Page 6 Mandate Six years have passed

More information

Summer Revised Fall 2012 & 2013 (Revisions in italics)

Summer Revised Fall 2012 & 2013 (Revisions in italics) Long Range Plan Summer 2011 Revised Fall 2012 & 2013 (Revisions in italics) St. Raphael the Archangel Parish is a diverse community of Catholic believers called by baptism to share in the Christian mission

More information

and DISCIPLESHIP SERIES

and DISCIPLESHIP SERIES BEULAH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PRESENTS INSTITUTE OF BIBLICAL STUDIES and DISCIPLESHIP SERIES Helping You Get Where God Wants You To Be The Reverend Jerry D. Black, Pastor

More information

Lord, what do You want to do through me?

Lord, what do You want to do through me? Lord, what do You want to do through me? littleton united methodist church 5894 s datura st littleton, co 80120 A Letter from our Campaign Co-Chairs: Pat Estes and Merv Graham Dear Friends, Among the Commandments

More information

Temple Sinai Youth and Teen

Temple Sinai Youth and Teen Temple Sinai Youth and Teen Learning and Engagement Programs Register Today! See insert or visit templesinaiatlanta.org for enrollment instructions! 2017-2018 Welcome! We are proud to introduce our 2017-2018

More information

UUA Strategic Plan. Our Strategic Vision and the FY 2014 Budget. April, 2013

UUA Strategic Plan. Our Strategic Vision and the FY 2014 Budget. April, 2013 UUA Strategic Plan Our Strategic Vision and the FY 2014 Budget April, 2013 Introduction Our shared vision the Ends of the Association Our shared vision is an image of a religious people who are deeply

More information

CONGREGATION/ MULTIPLE POINT PARISH/ ORGANIZAITON NAME CONG ID SYNOD TYPE OF MINISTRY SITE YEAR ORGANIZED

CONGREGATION/ MULTIPLE POINT PARISH/ ORGANIZAITON NAME CONG ID SYNOD TYPE OF MINISTRY SITE YEAR ORGANIZED The Ministry Site Profile (MSP) is intended for use by congregations and church-related organizations that are seeking to call an Ordained or lay rostered minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in

More information

Completing and returning your 2016 pledges and forms by October 14 th

Completing and returning your 2016 pledges and forms by October 14 th Rideau Park 2016 Stewardship Campaign Materials E ach year at this time of stewardship we are asked to pause and reflect prayerfully on Rideau Park s needs and what our church means to us, our family and

More information

Seeking Spiritual Deepening in All of Life

Seeking Spiritual Deepening in All of Life Seeking Spiritual Deepening in All of Life About Shalem Shalem (pronounced sha-lame ) is from the Hebrew word meaning whole: to be complete. Scripture tells us to Since 1973, the Shalem Institute for

More information

3 PROFESSOR EXECUTING THE MISSION CONGREGATIONAL PASTOR JULIE ON STAFFING & BUDGET QUARTERLY LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP TO SPEAK ON BLACK GOSPEL MEETING

3 PROFESSOR EXECUTING THE MISSION CONGREGATIONAL PASTOR JULIE ON STAFFING & BUDGET QUARTERLY LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP TO SPEAK ON BLACK GOSPEL MEETING TWICE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER AUGUST 25, 2016 2 EXECUTING THE MISSION PASTOR JULIE ON STAFFING & BUDGET 3 PROFESSOR TO SPEAK ON BLACK GOSPEL QUARTERLY 3 CONGREGATIONAL MEETING 5 LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP Bob Darden

More information

Supper at Salem Nov. 22: Worship at 6:30pm

Supper at Salem Nov. 22: Worship at 6:30pm SLC News www.slcmonte.org 320-269-7624 slcelca@msn.com Calendar Highlights: Nov. 5: All Saints Sunday Nov. 18: Stewardship Steak Supper at Salem Nov. 19: Stewardship Sunday Nov. 22: Worship at The other

More information

LIVE UNITED WHAT IT MEANS TO

LIVE UNITED WHAT IT MEANS TO 1 WHAT IT MEANS TO LIVE UNITED Since the United Way movement began in Denver in 1887, thousands of business, community, and political leaders like you have helped Mile High United Way create meaningful,

More information

WHITEHORSE UNITED CHURCH VISIONING EXERCISE JUNE 25, 2017

WHITEHORSE UNITED CHURCH VISIONING EXERCISE JUNE 25, 2017 WHITEHORSE UNITED CHURCH VISIONING EXERCISE JUNE 25, 2017 Prepared by Jennifer Moorlag on behalf of WUC Finance Committee June 2017 Executive Summary On June 25, at the 2017 AGM for Whitehorse United Church,

More information

Travis Park Narrative Budget. United Methodist Church. Today and Every Day

Travis Park Narrative Budget. United Methodist Church. Today and Every Day Travis Park United Methodist Church Today and Every Day 2012 Narrative Budget Today and Every Day 2012 Narrative Budget Summary and Purpose God is at work in our lives and church in ways we cannot see

More information

Church Name: Second Baptist Church. Location: Springfield, IL. Web sites:

Church Name: Second Baptist Church. Location: Springfield, IL. Web sites: Second Baptist Church & The Churches of Springfield A Model of Church to Church Collaboration for Community Transformation By Krista Petty (FASTEN, 2007) Church Name: Second Baptist Church Location: Springfield,

More information

Christian Church in Ohio

Christian Church in Ohio Christian Church in Ohio D I S C I P L E S O F C H R I S T A covenant network of congregations in mission: We are the Body of Christ gifted and called in covenant together as Disciples of Christ to be

More information

Great Milwaukee Synod Interim Ministry Task Force Manual for Congregations in Transition Interim Ministry

Great Milwaukee Synod Interim Ministry Task Force Manual for Congregations in Transition Interim Ministry Great Milwaukee Synod Interim Ministry Task Force Manual for Congregations in Transition Interim Ministry Life is a series of transitions from birth to death. At best, transition, though painful, can provide

More information

Your giving makes a huge difference in our ministry and outreach, now and for future generations.

Your giving makes a huge difference in our ministry and outreach, now and for future generations. Jesus says: It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches. (Luke 13:19) Two years after moving into

More information

A. To what extent do you agree with each of the following statements?

A. To what extent do you agree with each of the following statements? Questionnaire for Parishioners This survey was part of an ongoing national study, repeating many of the same questions that national and regional leaders in the Episcopal Church answered in a study done

More information

The Integration of Preaching & Transformational Leadership

The Integration of Preaching & Transformational Leadership The Integration of Preaching & Transformational Leadership by Mariann Edgar Budde St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, Minneapolis, MN In the fall of 2002, I received a Sabbatical Grant for Pastoral

More information

Announcements and Opportunities

Announcements and Opportunities Announcements and Opportunities Sunday, April 22, 2018 3400 Michigan Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45208-2102 513.321.2573 knox.org Wi-Fi: Knox-Public Password: welcometoknox THANK YOU, IHN volunteers! The Knox

More information

A Word from Our Sr. Pastor... TIDINGS Vol. 69 No. 1

A Word from Our Sr. Pastor... TIDINGS Vol. 69 No. 1 A Word from Our Sr. Pastor... TIDINGS Vol. 69 No. 1 As you are reading this, Christmas Day is over, but the Christmas season is not. We are still celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, God in human form,

More information

United in Ministry and Mission: An Invitation to Create a New Conference of the United Church of Christ

United in Ministry and Mission: An Invitation to Create a New Conference of the United Church of Christ P a g e 1 of 7 Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:18-19a In the midst of new dimensions,

More information

Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church Washington Court House, OH Completed: 12/09/2016

Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church Washington Court House, OH Completed: 12/09/2016 Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church Washington Court House, OH Completed: 12/09/2016 The Ministry Site Profile (MSP) is intended for use by congregations and church-related organizations that are

More information

PROFIT MARGINS CELEBRATING THE TRANSFORMATION THAT IS THE PROFIT OF MINISTRY

PROFIT MARGINS CELEBRATING THE TRANSFORMATION THAT IS THE PROFIT OF MINISTRY PROFIT MARGINS 2017 CELEBRATING THE TRANSFORMATION THAT IS THE PROFIT OF MINISTRY profit margins 2017 For the third year in a row, we are gathering stories from 2017 about how we saw God change lives and

More information

All Saints Episcopal Church 3500 McRae Blvd El Paso, TX

All Saints Episcopal Church 3500 McRae Blvd El Paso, TX All Saints Episcopal Church 3500 McRae Blvd El Paso, TX 79925 www.allsaintsepiscopalep.org All Saints El Paso is a city steeped in history and accelerating toward a dynamic future. El Paso is an example

More information

Published by Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Published by Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America KATIE S FUND: A SKIT Published by Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Revised August 2014 [The script calls for two actors to play the roles of Host and Katie.] Hello. I'm here today to

More information

MISSION COMMITTEE RESOURCE GUIDE

MISSION COMMITTEE RESOURCE GUIDE MISSION COMMITTEE RESOURCE GUIDE TABLE OF CONTENTS The Onesiphorus Story 3-4 The Vision where are we headed?... 5-6 How Mobilized for Mission is Your Church?... 7-8 Setting Long-Range Goals.. 9 Mission

More information

Men s Ministry Retreat Plan

Men s Ministry Retreat Plan Men s Ministry Retreat Plan WHAT: The retreat is an event designed for those attending the church. If your church only has an annual men s retreat, they really don t have an effective men s ministry. This

More information

COLORADO CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

COLORADO CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Building Brochure_Layout 1 2/16/2015 9:29 AM Page 1 COLORADO CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP Building Brochure_Layout 1 2/16/2015 9:29 AM Page 2 A Message From Apostle Phil I would like to invite each of you on a

More information

Christian Formation Ministry Goals

Christian Formation Ministry Goals Adult Formation Goals: Continue to refine our Discipleship system: Incorporate a Family Ministry model and method Plan for a Small Group Coordinator (lay) Other Efforts: Christian Formation Ministry Goals

More information

Though people often associate stewardship

Though people often associate stewardship November 2017 Inside 3 November is a Time for Thanksgiving 4 Ministry Makes Date Nights Possible for Our Parents 6 The Thanksgiving Spirit Doesn t Have to End at Thanksgiving 7 Recognition Dinner Honoring

More information

Word of Peace Executive Team Meeting Minutes September 12, 2017

Word of Peace Executive Team Meeting Minutes September 12, 2017 Word of Peace Executive Team Meeting Minutes September 12, 2017 In Attendance: Rick Skare, Senior Pastor Kristin Skare, Pastor of Spiritual Care Keith Long, Pastor of Congregational Life and Growth Linda

More information

PASTOR-CHURCH PROFILE. elmhurstcrc.org

PASTOR-CHURCH PROFILE. elmhurstcrc.org PASTOR-CHURCH PROFILE elmhurstcrc.org CONTENTS INTRODUCTION...1 CHURCH POSITION DESCRIPTION...2 OUR CHURCH TODAY...5 CHURCH MEMBERSHIP DATA...6 CHURCH FINANCIAL DATA...7 CHURCH COMMUNITY/NEIGHBORS...8

More information

Dr. William H. Edwards, Regional Pastor and President

Dr. William H. Edwards, Regional Pastor and President General Board Business Item # GB-11-0728 Title: Origin: Report of Christian Church in Ohio Dr. William H. Edwards, Regional Pastor and President The following is provided for information to the General

More information

Worship. with First Pres

Worship. with First Pres Worship with First Pres Sunday Morning Worship Schedule 8:30 a.m. Blended Service with Choir in the Sanctuary 9 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service in the Worship Center 10 a.m. Blended Service with Choir

More information

WE ARE IN HIS HANDS MPT MINISTRY PLACEMENT GUIDE 2

WE ARE IN HIS HANDS MPT MINISTRY PLACEMENT GUIDE 2 MPT MINISTRY PLACEMENT GUIDE 2 WE ARE IN HIS HANDS Whether you re into numbers, words, technology, or people, God can use your gifts and skills to make a difference. There are several ways you can put

More information

QUESTION #1: What is the congregation's or organization's vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

QUESTION #1: What is the congregation's or organization's vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out. QUESTION #1: What is the congregation's or organization's vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out. Davidson College Presbyterian Church (DCPC) is a large, vibrant multi-generational

More information

Prayer. Enrichment. Preserving Yesterday, Celebrating Tomorrow

Prayer. Enrichment. Preserving Yesterday, Celebrating Tomorrow Strength Grow Share Learn Commitment Together Community Prayer Enrichment Preserve Fellowship Preserving Yesterday, Celebrating Tomorrow A Message from Fr. Rick Dear Parishioners of St. Peter Parish, I

More information

Covenant Agreement Documents. Diocesan Council June 10, 2009

Covenant Agreement Documents. Diocesan Council June 10, 2009 Covenant Agreement Documents Diocesan Council June 10, 2009 1 Covenant Memorandum For nearly five years, Diocesan Council and the Bishop s Office have encouraged our congregations to assess the vitality

More information

Cathedral Church of St. James, Chicago Chapter Meeting August 11, pm 8.00pm. Minutes of the Meeting

Cathedral Church of St. James, Chicago Chapter Meeting August 11, pm 8.00pm. Minutes of the Meeting Cathedral Church of St. James, Chicago Chapter Meeting August 11, 2015 6.00 pm 8.00pm Minutes of the Meeting Present: Dominic Barrington (Dean elect), Graham Bell, Bill Cosper, Beverly Cox, Don Frye, Timm

More information

SHILOH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

SHILOH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH SHILOH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH APRIL 2017 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may

More information

Morning edition. April 22, 2018 Sunday News. Check out our new Volunteer Board in the Social Hall VIBRANT INCLUSIVE PROGRESSIVE

Morning edition. April 22, 2018 Sunday News. Check out our new Volunteer Board in the Social Hall VIBRANT INCLUSIVE PROGRESSIVE April 22, 2018 Sunday News Morning edition VIBRANT INCLUSIVE PROGRESSIVE Growing up, I attended Catholic schools. My brothers were altar boys but altar girls were never allowed. I often felt excluded in

More information

In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Appreciative Inquiry results 2016 In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In the summer of 2015, members and friends of MCC began exploring their

More information

First Presbyterian church s Narrative Budget

First Presbyterian church s Narrative Budget First Presbyterian church s Narrative Budget This narrative budget process is one that shows where First Presbyterian funds are being used. How our funding works through our church and touches lives of

More information

LEADERSHIP PROFILE. Presbyterians joyfully engaging in God s mission for the transformation of the world. Vision of the Presbyterian Mission Agency

LEADERSHIP PROFILE. Presbyterians joyfully engaging in God s mission for the transformation of the world. Vision of the Presbyterian Mission Agency LEADERSHIP PROFILE Executive Director Presbyterian Mission Agency An agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Louisville, KY Presbyterians joyfully engaging in God s mission for the transformation of

More information

COMMITTEE/MINISTRY DESCRIPTIONS

COMMITTEE/MINISTRY DESCRIPTIONS COMMITTEE/MINISTRY DESCRIPTIONS STANDING COMMITTEES CHURCH OFFICERS Church Clerk Use your administrative and secretarial skills to record, process, and maintain accurate records of all church business

More information

SESSION AND THE DIRECTORY OF WORSHIP Presbytery of Detroit Clerk Training January 26, 2013 CHAPTER I. THE DYNAMICS OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP

SESSION AND THE DIRECTORY OF WORSHIP Presbytery of Detroit Clerk Training January 26, 2013 CHAPTER I. THE DYNAMICS OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP 1 SESSION AND THE DIRECTORY OF WORSHIP Presbytery of Detroit Clerk Training January 26, 2013 W-1.0000 CHAPTER I. THE DYNAMICS OF CHRISTIAN WORSHIP W-1.4004 Session In a particular church, the session is

More information

Patrick Bean. Reason for serving on the Parish Council. Parish activities, ministries, and organizations. Skills and abilities

Patrick Bean. Reason for serving on the Parish Council. Parish activities, ministries, and organizations. Skills and abilities Patrick Bean I would like to be a part of the best run parish in the diocese and provide a direct voice for the needs of the youth and families in our parish. Parish activities, ministries, and organizations

More information

Lutheran s Annual Giving

Lutheran s Annual Giving How American Lutheran s Annual Giving is divided between our ministries of: Connecting 15% Worshiping Learning Reaching Out Healing & Caring Connecting Worshiping 29% Healing & Caring 15% Learning 18%

More information

In Contact. Dear Friends,

In Contact. Dear Friends, FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH In Contact A Publication of the First Presbyterian Church of Boone Equipping Ordinary People to Lead Extraordinary Lives in Christ Dear Friends, November 16, 2014 Sermon: Tragedy

More information

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2017-2022 Strategic Plan Dear Parish Family, With eyes looking to Jesus Christ and hands stretched to heaven, St. Francis of Assisi beheld a vision of our Lord and received the stigmata (see front cover).

More information

The Orthodox Church in America Department of Liturgical Music & Translations Music Chatroom Transcript October 3, 2006

The Orthodox Church in America Department of Liturgical Music & Translations Music Chatroom Transcript October 3, 2006 Moderator: Valerie Yova Chat room topic: Building a Local Inter-Orthodox Ministry Valerie Yova I chose this topic because it s near and dear to my heart. Have y all had any chance to look at the materials

More information

The Elizabethan. The Newsletter of St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church Burien, Washington. July 2015 Issue

The Elizabethan. The Newsletter of St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church Burien, Washington. July 2015 Issue The Elizabethan The Newsletter of St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church Burien, Washington July 2015 Issue 2015-7 From Fr. John: Why we do what we do the Sign of the Cross: Have you ever wondered why many Anglicans,

More information

Pastor Search Survey Text Analytics Results. An analysis of responses to the open-end questions

Pastor Search Survey Text Analytics Results. An analysis of responses to the open-end questions Pastor Search Survey Text Analytics Results An analysis of responses to the open-end questions V1 June 18, 2017 Tonya M Green, PhD EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Based on the analytics performed on the PPBC Pastor

More information

Legacy Ministry: A permanent benefit for God, the Church, and its members

Legacy Ministry: A permanent benefit for God, the Church, and its members Legacy Ministry: A permanent benefit for God, the Church, and its members What s in it for God? Making disciples will go on forever. What s in it for the Church? Long-term financial stability demonstrating

More information

Conference PONSORS SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2017 CONFERENCE SPONSORS!

Conference PONSORS SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2017 CONFERENCE SPONSORS! Conference S PONSORS SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2017 CONFERENCE SPONSORS! GLOBAL PARTNERS LUTHERAN CHURCH MISSOURI SYNOD Founded in 1847, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) is a mission-oriented, Bible-based,

More information

Congregational Survey Results 2016

Congregational Survey Results 2016 Congregational Survey Results 2016 1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Making Steady Progress Toward Our Mission Over the past four years, UUCA has undergone a significant period of transition with three different Senior

More information

LIQUID CHURCH SPIRITUAL GROWTH PASTOR JOB SPECIFICATIONS PREPARED BY W. VANDERBLOEMEN MORRISTOWN, NJ

LIQUID CHURCH SPIRITUAL GROWTH PASTOR JOB SPECIFICATIONS PREPARED BY W. VANDERBLOEMEN MORRISTOWN, NJ LIQUID CHURCH SPIRITUAL GROWTH PASTOR MORRISTOWN, NJ JOB SPECIFICATIONS PREPARED BY W. VANDERBLOEMEN JUNE, 2010 THE POSITION TITLE: ORGANIZATION: LOCATION: WEBSITE: http://www.liquidchurch.com/ ORGANIZATION

More information

Diocese of Marquette Increased Offertory Program

Diocese of Marquette Increased Offertory Program Diocese of Marquette Increased Offertory Program Terri Gadzinski, Development Director Diocese of Marquette 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855 Phone: 906/227-9108 or 1/800/562-9745 ext. #108

More information

Strengthen Staff Resources for Networking House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church Justice

Strengthen Staff Resources for Networking House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church Justice RESOLUTION NO.: 2018-A057 GENERAL CONVENTION OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2018 ARCHIVES RESEARCH REPORT TITLE: PROPOSER: TOPIC: Strengthen Staff Resources for Networking House of Deputies Committee on the State

More information

INTRODUCING THE NEW LOCAL CHURCH PROFILE

INTRODUCING THE NEW LOCAL CHURCH PROFILE Search and Call Tools for Congregations Advancing the Spirit s guidance into God s future INTRODUCING THE NEW LOCAL CHURCH PROFILE Who are we Who is our neighbor Who is God calling us to become? The new

More information

Kerry Loescher. Instructor, On-Line College, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK, 2007-Present

Kerry Loescher. Instructor, On-Line College, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK, 2007-Present Kerry Loescher OBJECTIVE Professional Educator dedicated to training and empowering students for ministry to youth/emerging adults and families by preparing them for deep theological reflection and applications

More information

An Attitude of Gratitude. Script for Stewardship Presentation Trinity Church, Aurora November 16, 2014

An Attitude of Gratitude. Script for Stewardship Presentation Trinity Church, Aurora November 16, 2014 An Attitude of Gratitude Script for Stewardship Presentation Trinity Church, Aurora November 16, 2014 Introduction: Dialogue format ~ Questions and Answers guiding congregation through graphs Purpose:

More information

GOAL 2 - END HUNGER, ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY AND IMPROVED NUTRITION AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

GOAL 2 - END HUNGER, ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY AND IMPROVED NUTRITION AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE HINDU BHUMI PROJECT The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present an opportunity for the global community to help address some of the major challenges facing the planet. Ending extreme poverty, achieving

More information

Appreciative Inquiry Summary

Appreciative Inquiry Summary Grace Lutheran Church Hartford, Connecticut October 19, 2004 Appreciative Inquiry Summary (Setting the Vision for Today and Beginning to Plan for the Future) Starting on September 25 th, 2004 Grace Lutheran

More information

South Dakota Synod ELCA

South Dakota Synod ELCA South Dakota Synod ELCA Manual for Congregations in Transition (August 2009) The Need for Interim Ministry Life is a series of transitions from birth to death. At best, transition, though painful, can

More information

Stewardship Is. Theological Foundations of Stewardship 2

Stewardship Is. Theological Foundations of Stewardship 2 Stewardship Stewardship Is page 1 Theological Foundations of Stewardship page 1 Biblical Foundations of Stewardship page 3 DW/CWF Giving: A Brief History page 3 Disciples Mission Fund page 4 Remittances

More information

A Coach Approach to Preaching, Part 1. Gene Wilkes

A Coach Approach to Preaching, Part 1. Gene Wilkes A Coach Approach to Preaching, Part 1 Gene Wilkes When Let s Worship e-mailed me and asked if I would consider writing a series of articles on a coach approach to preaching, I was more intrigued than confident.

More information

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER COLLEGE CHURCH FINAL PLAN November 2, 2014

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER COLLEGE CHURCH FINAL PLAN November 2, 2014 ST. FRANCIS XAVIER COLLEGE CHURCH FINAL PLAN ST. FRANCIS XAVIER COLLEGE CHURCH MISSION STATEMENT We, the members of St. Francis Xavier College Church, form a welcoming Jesuit parish community. As followers

More information

Introduction page 3 The Bible and the Offering of Letters page 5

Introduction page 3 The Bible and the Offering of Letters page 5 CONDUCTING AN ?? TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction page 3 The Bible and the Offering of Letters page 5 ORGANIZING AN OFFERING OF LETTERS The Basics page 6 Integrating Your Event into the Life of Your Congregation/Campus

More information

Please complete the report by March 31

Please complete the report by March 31 February 2015 Dear Clerk of Session, The EPC s Annual Church Report (formerly called the Annual Statistical and Financial Report) represents people touched by the ministry of your church and resources

More information

INTRODUCTION. Our desire and goal can be summarized in the following words: Loving God...Loving You (Mark 12:30, 31)

INTRODUCTION. Our desire and goal can be summarized in the following words: Loving God...Loving You (Mark 12:30, 31) STRATEGIC PLAN 2008-2013 Our Purpose Statement: Our purpose, as a fellowship united in our Lord Jesus Christ, is to worship God through evangelism and discipleship by the power of the Holy Spirit. INTRODUCTION

More information

Transforming Lives. Your ChurCh s guide to giving. In our Church In our Conference In our World

Transforming Lives. Your ChurCh s guide to giving. In our Church In our Conference In our World Your ChurCh s guide to giving Fourth Edition M a s s a c h u s e t t s c o n f e r e n c e, u n i t e d c h u r c h o f c h r i s t Transforming Lives In our Church In our Conference In our World T r a

More information

2012 Annual Report of Time, Talent, and Treasure An Attitude of Gratitude

2012 Annual Report of Time, Talent, and Treasure An Attitude of Gratitude 2012 Annual Report of Time, Talent, and Treasure An Attitude of Gratitude There is an attitude of gratitude In everything I do, For all that God has given me And dreams that have come true. I'm thankful

More information

The Ministry Plan

The Ministry Plan The 2017-2018 Ministry Plan Florence Christian Church 300 Main Street Florence KY 41042 (859)647-5000 2017-18 Ministry ext. Plan, 550 Page Dear Church Family, I am excited to present the 2017-2018 Florence

More information

Please carefully read each statement and select your response by clicking on the item which best represents your view. Thank you.

Please carefully read each statement and select your response by clicking on the item which best represents your view. Thank you. BEFORE YOU BEGIN Thank you for taking the time to complete the Catholic High School Adolescent Faith Formation survey. This is an integral part of the Transforming Adolescent Catechesis process your school

More information

ALL SOULS EPISCOPAL CHURCH GUIDEBOOK TRADITIONAL WORSHIP PROGRESSIVE THINKING

ALL SOULS EPISCOPAL CHURCH GUIDEBOOK TRADITIONAL WORSHIP PROGRESSIVE THINKING ALL SOULS EPISCOPAL CHURCH TRADITIONAL WORSHIP PROGRESSIVE THINKING GUIDEBOOK September December 2017 Every Week at All Souls Sunday 8:30 a.m. Low Mass A quiet service with no music or incense 8:30 a.m.

More information

Stewardship, Finances, and Allocation of Resources

Stewardship, Finances, and Allocation of Resources Stewardship, Finances, and Allocation of Resources The May 2003 Survey Table of Contents HIGHLIGHTS... i OVERVIEW...ii STEWARDSHIP IN CONGREGATIONS... 1 Approaches to Stewardship... 1 Integrating Stewardship

More information