Faith Lutheran News
Greetings children of God.
Mark 1: 16-17 – “As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’”
Last week, Philip invited his brother Nathanael to “Come and see” after he told him about Jesus. This week, Jesus extends the invitation to Andrew and Simon as he says to them, “Follow me.” Both of these phrases are non-threatening. They are kind, warm invitations. That’s it; nothing fancy, nothing heroic; just a simple invitation. This is what we are called to do, invite others to experience how Jesus works in the world and in our lives and to experience Jesus for themselves.
As I said last week, it’s difficult for many people to summon the courage to do this, even when it involves inviting family or friends. Have you actually found something that’s important to you at church and can you name it? If you can’t answer yes and say what it is, that may be the issue. I’m willing to bet that y’all have found something important to you at church; the problem is you’ve never been asked to say what it is. So I’m asking you that again this week. What is your favorite thing about the life we share in this community of faith? And would you be willing to invite someone you know to “follow me” or “come and see,” and share this aspect of our congregational life that you enjoy? You can email me your answers or write them on a notecard, bring them to church and put them in the collection plate, or you can send them through the mail, or you can keep the answers to yourself if it makes you feel vulnerable to provide that information. I ask these questions because it’s important to be able to identify for yourselves what elements of the congregation draw you to come to church in order to help you imagine inviting others to come, see and share what they appreciate.
As an FYI…Noelle is having knee surgery this Friday. Please keep her in your prayers.
Reminder – Our congregational meeting is this Sunday and will be much different than last year. We’ll meet after worship in our sanctuary, broadcast it on the TV in our fellowship hall, for those who wish to stay in the parking lot it will be on the radio, and we’ll have virtual access via Zoom. The annual report is available for pick up in the office. We will not be reading through every report like we did last year. Please review the reports and note any questions, corrections or concerns you have, that way when we get to that report, your questions can be addressed. The main focus of our meeting this year will be discussing and voting on our revised constitution and voting on a quote for repairing the structural issues and replacing the roof on the parsonage.
I will email the Zoom link and invitation to our annual meeting this Friday. If you do not already have Zoom on your computer or smartphone, there are a couple steps involved with downloading it. It’s a simple process (if I can do it, anyone can) and only takes a few minutes to do. I highly recommend doing this before the meeting just in case you have any technical or technology issues.
Our current constitution mandates that our vote must be by written ballot. For those attending virtually via Zoom, once you are in the meeting, at the bottom of the screen in the middle you will see a “chat” bubble. Click on that and it will open a chat window to the right of your screen where you can type in questions, concerns, or comments. This is the feature you will use to vote. Once the chat window is open, at the bottom of the window you will see “To: Everyone v.” Click on the drop down arrow and select “Host.” This is the only person who will be able to see your vote. The host is our Council Vice President Niki Wasserman. If there is more than one person in your household that is a voting member, each person’s name needs to accompany their vote.
As previously mentioned, our meeting this year is going to be different and I’m sure there will be logistical issues that we will encounter along the way. Please know that we will do our best to address any issues as quickly as we can. Your patience is greatly appreciated.
Yours in Christ,
I want to share Bishop Daniel’s thoughts on this with y’all.
Greetings children of God,
This year, the NWOS is inviting everyone to join them in 2021, as they read through the entire New Testament in Chronological Order. Not Matthew to Revelation, but James to Revelation. You may be surprised to know that many of the New Testament Letters were composed before the Gospels were written. You can click on the link below to get the daily reading guide. Spending time reading God’s Word daily is something we should all do and many times, it feels daunting or more like a task, something we have to do instead of something we want to do, because we’re not sure how long we should read for or how much we should read. The daily reading guide for the New Testament solves those issues as the readings are a chapter a day, sometimes less. Reading a chapter a day takes about 3-5 minutes and after reading, I encourage you to spend some time reflecting on what you’ve read. You may just be surprised as to what you think, feel or experience. I look forward to this journey with you.