A Message from our Pastor
those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about
thousand persons were added. They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching
and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. -Acts 2:41-42
How is your summer looking? During the summer many of us find our schedules changed. Maybe the kids are home from school, maybe you will be taking a vacation, maybe you change your activity level – spending more time outside when it’s nice or spending less time outside when the heat gets to be a little too much or maybe you find yourself being invited to parties, barbecues or picnics with friends and family.
Here at Holy Counselor it means that our Sunday morning worship schedule will change a bit (10am services start July 2) and we add in a midweek option on Wednesday at 7:30pm for people to gather to worship. In adult education, on Wednesday evenings at 8:00pm, we will be hosting three Bible studies (June 28, July 5 and July 12) to practice some of the methods that Lutherans commonly use when studying scripture. You are more than welcome to join in any of these opportunities – no experience necessary. On Wednesday evenings, July 19, 26, August 2, 9 and 16, we will be spending time looking at worship, using a study called “Worship Matters”. If you are new to Lutheran worship, if you have questions about why we do what we do, or if you just want to know more about the worship practices you’ve done all your life, this is a chance to discover some of the answers.
This summer we are also embarking on a capital campaign to fully fund a new lawn mower for the congregation and the spending plan that was approved at the annual meeting back in January. We have set a goal of $19,000 to meet these needs. This is above and beyond any estimated giving for the year. The reality of a deficit budget means that we need to take thoughtful and deliberate steps to ensure the financial viability of Holy Counselor and our hope is that all of Holy Counselor’s members will take an active role in making this happen.
With all of this happening we are also working on a new evangelism and outreach strategy, the most basic part of which is to reach into our communities to share the gospel and invite others to be a part of the great ministries at Holy Counselor. Would it be too much to ask you to invite your community into this relationship? Almost 80% of new church members first attend because of a personal invitation from someone they already know. I know that we’d all love to see the pews filled with guests all summer long.
However you choose to spend your summer I hope and pray that you grow in faith, are filled with the love and grace of Jesus Christ and serve in the ministry of all the baptized.