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FALLing into Place

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FALLing into Place

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;

And by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Proverbs 24:3-4

There are so many new houses and neighborhoods growing in the land around us. We pray for opportunities to reach out to these new and precious people whom God is bringing to the area. God is also bringing new people to PLC. We are growing and seeking God’s wisdom as He builds this congregation. Together we seek understanding and the knowledge of God. To this end, I want to share a few of the ways we are developing ministries which we pray will be precious and pleasant riches for the community around us especially for those who need the good news of Jesus Christ.

Strategic Planning Process

This past April PLC began the strategic planning process which helps us identify our core values, refines our mission, and helps us to envision God’s preferred future for us as a congregation. Along the way we have shared our progress. We have been meeting regularly with Bob Baker, Director of Lutherhaven Ministries. To date we have identified our core values: God’s Word, God’s Love, God’s Call, and God’s People. These values will be used to guide our mission and planning for the seasons ahead. Our next session with Bob Baker is September 16th. As has been our practice, we will follow up that session with a time of sharing on Sunday, September 19th.

Charlie Campbell, a Christian apologist (meaning a defender of God’s Word) will help us launch our emphasis on our first core value (God’s Word). On Saturday evening, September 11th at 6pm Charlie will speak on: Answering Atheists Objections to God and the Bible and If God is Loving Why Does He Allow Evil and Suffering? On Sunday, September 12th at our morning service, he will speak on the topic of: Evidence for the Bible. Please consider inviting those who are questioning and discouraged in their faith to come with you to these powerful sessions.

Our new website is under construction but paused for the moment until we complete the strategic plan. The pieces of that plan will give us the context for the content of the new website. In the meantime, we have some preliminary web design in place and some new artwork done by our own Brenda Ely.

Intern

At our January Annual meeting, we approved the idea and funds to bring on an ‘intern’ this fall. This would be a person to help us develop some intentional youth and education ministries. The original plan was to work with Lutherhaven to find a candidate. As the summer unfolded they were scrambling for staff (part and full time). They notified us two weeks ago that they will not have a candidate to refer to us at this time. I believe we may have a candidate from the congregation. Karen Robison has been teaching and preaching over this past year. The council is considering what it could mean for her to serve in a more regular and intentional way for the season ahead, helping us develop our youth and education ministries. As we discuss this exciting option we will share more in the very near future. Your prayers are very much appreciated during this process.

 5th Sundays

We began our 5th Sunday heritage service on May 29th and have our next one this coming Sunday, August 29th. At 8:30am we worship with a more traditional service, followed by our regular worship at 10:00am. These are wonderful opportunities to worship at an additional time and honor some of our more Lutheran traditions. These experiences will also help us in our discussions about how to address our growing Sunday morning attendance.

Love, joy, peace

The very first time Chris and I visited PLC (January 2019) we sensed the presence of the Spirit in this congregation. The gift of the Holy Spirit is essential to all that is falling into place at PLC. As we seek to be a people and place at this time where God’s Word, Love, Call, & People are on display through our lives, may we continue to welcome the empowering presence of the Spirit who bears the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Pastor Jon