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FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR ~ CREATING A COMMON MINISTRY

Last Sunday I suggested a way to help congregations and pastors to work together as a team with shared goals and expectations. I thought it would be helpful to summarize my thoughts for possible future use. A chart based on what I suggested would look something like this:

Key Ministry Areas Desired Result/Spirit Team Pastor’s Role Congregation’s Role Resources Needed
Worship
Education
Pastoral Care
Financial Care

List all the Key Areas of Ministry. Keep the desired results simple—spiritually enriched, intellectually challenged, etc. It might be best to make a separate column for the Spirit Teams. Role definitions can be more detailed but only to the degree that is helpful—resist the temptation to micromanage. Resources include time, money, material and people. I’d suggest that the Mission Council and the Pastor complete a chart separately and then compare them and establish mutually agreed upon priorities, results, roles and responsibilities. This information could be shared with the congregation at the Spirit Fest. In May the Mission Council and Pastor can review progress and in November share in an evaluation and planning meeting. In some areas the Pastor may have primary responsibility. In other areas, such as Management Services and Skilled Crafts the Pastor may have very limited responsibility. These areas are Key Areas of Ministry but since the Pastor’s role is limited they might not be listed as priorities for the Pastor’s chart. This is simply a planning tool.

 

This is an exciting time as we prepare for the future. I hope this suggestion will be helpful.

Peace,

David

FALL FESTIVAL 2014 AND PLEDGE DRIVE 2015

As we continue the fall theme, HANDS AND FEET OF GOD: CHURCH AND COMMUNITY, many thanks to Jean Farrar and Nora Miller for sharing their story of member care.  Next Sunday we will hear from Dave Roy and Karen Brown as we continue to celebrate the various ministries of PVCC over the next four weeks.

We introduced our 2015 Pledge Drive with pre-event pledges totally $37,160.  We are almost one-third the way up the climbing wall and our goal of $126,766.  Pledge drive brochures and pledge cards are available. Take one and prayerfully consider how you can support the hands and feet ministries of PVCC. The pledge drive team is offering one more learning circle (see below) on the 2015 budget.  Please plan to join the HANDS Day on Saturday, October 4 as we spiff up the church for Carolyn and Ken’s arrival. We will wrap-up the pledge drive on October 12, celebrating the generosity of PVCC members.

Pledge Drive Team (Greg Yarnell, Dave Roy and Muffin Overstreet)

UNDERSTANDING A CHURCH BUDGET 101 ~ Circle of Learning

Ever wondered how the church budget is developed?  Want some facts on the proposed 2015 budget? Not sure what a “pledge” means?  Struggle with how much to pledge?  YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  The 2015 Pledge Drive Team is offering another learning circle after worship on September 21.  Answers to these questions and much more.  The learning circles will last 30-45 minutes and a light snack will be served.                                                                         

SEEKERS CLASS NEWS

The Seekers Class is hosting a guest speaker at 9:00 on September 28 (notice date change).  Hank Wyeno, Harriett McGuire’s brother-in-law, will present his story of the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2.  Everyone is welcome to this special event in the Grace Room.  No need to wait for a special event to join the Seekers Class.  This fall we will be using the DVD series, Living the Questions.  We have used this series before and have learned a lot about what it means to a progressive Christian.  Contact Bill Delaney or Muffin Overstreet if you would like to receive the PDF files for this series.

 

RECONCILIATION SPECIAL OFFERING

This year’s theme, #Reconciliation Generation: School Yards Not Prison Yards, is undergirded by Psalm 78 which reminds us of God’s steadfast blessings in our past and present, and God’s faithfulness toward restorative justice. God’s unfathomable grace toward each of us informs our courage to impact future generations for Christ’s shalom.  As the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ,) we are committed to addressing racism as a sin and restoring all of God’s children to the fullness of their humanity. Offering envelopes will be handed out on the Sundays of September 28th & October 5th.

ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET AT GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ~ NOVEMBER 8

Save the Date! Please make plans now to attend and support the 20th Annual Alternative Gift Market which will be held on Saturday, November 8 from 10 am – 4 pm at Grace Presbyterian Church (5002 E. Douglas, Wichita). In addition to shoppers, we’ll need volunteers to staff the PVCC booth:  Project # 16:  Give Babies a Smile (China) in which orphaned babies born with cleft palettes have surgical procedures to repair the birth defect.

We’ll also need volunteers to help make 150 ornaments for the Market, as well as Mini-Markets that will be held after the November 8 event.

Don’t miss the 20th Annual Alternative Gift Market on Saturday, November 8 from 10 am – 4 pm at Grace Presbyterian Church.

Lorrie Beck

GALA & AUCTION FOR DISCIPLES CENTER AT TAWAKONI

Celebrating Our Tenth Year! Saturday, November 8 (11:00 a.m. – Silent Auction, 12:30 p.m. – Dinner & Live Auction) Disciples Center at Tawakoni.

Reservation Information: Each ticket is $30 Or sponsor a table of 8 for $240! Please make payment to “Christian Church in Kansas” and mail to the Regional Office by October 31.

We gather for the Gala in having live auction to raise money to continue the development of our Disciples Center, so that it will serve more needs for more people; your contributions make it happen! Donations of auction items are already arriving.

Camp tours will be available, weather permitting.

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation is Gatekeepers to the Future. Reading from our tradition is Matthew 18:21-35 . The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem.

FALL FESTIVAL 2014 AND PLEDGE DRIVE 2015

What a wonderful Fall Festival Kick-off last weekend.  On Saturday, fifteen youth and adults were the “feet” of God, volunteering at the ICTS.O.S. Race for Freedom.  There were 1070 runners, including Mike Byington and Jenny Greig.  Sunday worship introduced  the  Fall Festival theme, HANDS AND FEET OF GOD: CHURCH AND COMMUNITY, including the meditation by Rev. David; guest speakers Amanda Marten, Julie Lane and Phil Dietz; the slide show set to music of church members’ hands and feet by Tim Naden; the potluck organized by the Hospitality Spirit Team and the fun with hands and feet featuring our very own version of Family Feud and game show host, Gaye Clements.  Thanks to Nora Miller for providing two door prizes.

We will continue to celebrate the various ministries of the PVCC over the next five weeks during our Pledge Drive 2015.  Pledge drive brochures and pledge cards are available. The youth are building a climbing wall to depict progress toward the $126,766 pledge goal.  The pledge drive team is offering learning circles (see below) on the 2015 budget.  Please plan to join the HANDS Day on Saturday, October 4 as we spiff up the church for Carolyn and Ken’s arrival. We will wrap-up the pledge drive on October 12, celebrating the generosity of PVCC members.

Pledge Drive Team (Greg Yarnell, Dave Roy and Muffin Overstreet)

UNDERSTANDING A CHURCH BUDGET 101

Ever wondered how the church budget is developed?  Want some facts on the proposed 2015 budget? Not sure what a “pledge” means?  Struggle with how much to pledge?  YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  The 2015 Pledge Drive Team is offering learning circles after worship on September 14 and 21.  Answers to these questions and much more.  The learning circles will last 30-45 minutes and a light snack will be served.