A Word from Pastor Stefan
Kick Off Vision 2020
2 Corinthians 9:11 “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. “
During our summer vacation, we rented a small cabin in northern Wisconsin on a lake called Lake van Zile. The lake was small and very quiet. Only half of the lake was built up with cabins; the rest was untouched land because of a Land Trust. We had a kayak and a paddle board to cruise around this lake. One day we went out with the kayak and the paddle board to the middle of the lake. The boys wanted to see if they could dive to the bottom. I had three boys with me, one in the kayak and two on the paddle board. They jumped from the paddle board into the water to dive down. We had an anchor with a line of around 10-12 feet long. Well, one boy thought it would be fun to jump from the kayak into the water. It did not work out well. He went in the water, but the kayak tipped and filled up with water. We were able to turn back the three-quarters-filled kayak, but no one could get in anymore. So, we were out in the middle of the lake with one paddle board, four people, and one unusable kayak. One boy thought we could pull the kayak on the paddle board to turn it over to get the water out. Impossible! Too much weight. So, I decided we all should swim back to the shore and pull the kayak behind us. Whoever got tired could rest on the paddle board. We all had to work together, and we had one goal: to make it back to the shore. It took us a while, and we all got a work out. We learned how fast things can happen and how important it is to work together to make it back. We were glad we had at least one floating vessel, and we all agreed to the goal to make it back to the shore.
Often a church is compared with a boat that carries people through troubled waters from one shore to the other. For over a year now, we discussed, listened to each other, and prayed to God to discern where God is leading us. This was and is an effort we all did together. Here is what we learned. We need to take care of our church home: replacing our roof, updating our bathrooms, positioning our staffing for helping our congregation to grow, developing new ministry initiatives that are focused on faith development, reducing our mortgage, and giving a portion to local and global ministries to help expand God’s work beyond our walls.
Your church council is excited to present to you on August 18/19 our Vision 2020 and beyond plan during our congregational meeting. For this event, we need all-hands on deck. We need all voices raised to rally around this new vision for our church. We need all your support because together we will have more strength to move our church forward so that God’s love can touch and change more people to live more meaningful and peaceful lives.
I believe, and I have experienced it before, that we will all be enriched in every way, so we can be generous in every occasion. This will result in thanksgiving to God.
See you all on August 18/19 for our services and following congregational meeting.