Pastor’s Pen – October 28, 2020

Hello Everyone,

Thank you to everyone that participated in the called church conference on Monday night. At the meeting the church approved the sale of the west campus property. Though we grieve this decision to sell some of our property, it is with hope and anticipation that we move forward with a desire to reach new people in new spaces.

So what are the next steps? A strategic planning team will be meeting over the next few months to work on initiatives and goals for the next 3-5 years. They’ll also he working on a time frame to transition west campus worship and ministries in the late spring or early summer of 2021. If you are interested in being part of this team, please email me.

We also will be working with our real estate company on creating a contract and navigating the due diligence period. The estimated time frame for the transaction to close is in May-June of 2021.

Please continue to pray for the church leadership, strategic planning team, staff, and pastors as we work through our church’s next steps and continue in a year that has been difficult in so many ways for so many people.

In times like this I like to remember one of my favorite gospel texts, a powerful reminder of the peace that is possible through Jesus Christ.

Mark 4:35-41 NIV: 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

I can’t believe this is the last week of October. We were just blessed by the MECE costume parade.  During a very challenging year this beautiful parade gives me great joy and hope for the future!!

Finally, I would like to invite you to join us for online worship on Sunday as we celebrate All Saints Sunday and Holy Communion.

As we are reminded by the great cloud of witnesses, may we remain in the faith and live for Jesus.

In God’s Amazing Grace,

Pastor Marcus