In the September newsletter, I reported on the last Council meeting, where we talked about the need to streamline our governance. Council appointed a task force to begin this process. They had their first meeting last month. Many churches our size have done this or are exploring the possibility of doing it. We have fewer people for leadership positions, and we often move people from one committee to another, without giving them a break. Under our current structure, we would need twenty-seven people to fill all the positions on Finance, Staff Parish, and Trustees. We are looking at a model that would combine the functions of these three committees and the administrative functions of the Council into one Administrative Team. The program committees of the church, Worship, Missions, Adult Education, etc. would make up the Program Team and would be responsible for the programs of the church. There is still work to be done to put more meat on the bone if you will. We will keep you posted as things develop.
I wanted to share with you a partnership we entered into with Saddleback Church over the summer. We were approached by Saddleback to see if we would be willing to host their monthly food distribution in our parking lot. We hosted the first one last month and served 177 families, (36 new families) for a total of 431 people served. What a great ministry.
I will be on vacation the first two Sundays in October, visiting our daughter and granddaughter in Colorado.
We will keep you updated on these developments. While there is much change around us, we need to remind ourselves that God’s love for us remains constant.
See you in church when I return,