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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

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation is The Parable of The Vineyard.

Reading from our tradition is Matthew 20:1-16. 

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.

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation: Let Love Be Genuine.  Reading from our tradition: Romans 12:9-21

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation Three Faces of Justice. Reading from our tradition Amos 5:21-24.

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s message Faith is a Way of Life. Reading from our tradition Romans 10:5-15”.Tim Naden will share withspecial music.                                                                                                                                        

FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR ~

It’s August. Parents and children are getting ready for school. Football fans are checking their gear for tailgate parties. Baseball fans are anticipating the playoffs. And Rev. Carolyn Schwarz and her husband, Ken, are preparing for their move to Wichita. October, their expected month of arrival will be here sooner than we expect. Let me again express my thanks to members of the Search and Call Committee for their diligence and good work on our behalf.

Peace, David

FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR ~

Dear Friends,

First things first. Let me say, ”Thank you for the wonderful card shower for my birthday.” What fun. I received several cards at home and many kind e-notes. You brightened my day!! Thank you. I told a friend that I was turning 70 and she said, “Come on in, the water is fine.” And it is. God is good and it is great to be alive.

Sally and I had a great time celebrating our 48th anniversary while we were in Oregon. That means that we were married the same year that PVCC was started. There is something cosmic about our becoming a part of PVCC. While we were in Oregon we were able to visit Michael Ryer and Adele Stark. They are doing great and nicely settled into their new home. Adele is a busy gardener. Michael is active in the community and flying. And they have Oregon blueberries growing outside their back door! They are active in a DOC congregation in Salem.

I have heard lots and lots about the good things happening at PVCC while I was away. We celebrate Nora Miller—gardener extraordinaire.

I’m happy to report that 67 people were in church last Sunday!! What a stellar PVCC welcome for Rev. Carolyn Schwarz and her husband, Ken. And the receptions at the homes of Dave and Cheryl Roy, Phil and Connie Dietz, and Lorrie and Shirley Beck, were well attended. Thank you to our hosts and to all who attended. There is work that is yet to be done but I am so encouraged and delighted by all that I have heard.  Psalm 133:1 reads, “How good and pleasant it is when people of faith dwell together in harmony.” And so it is. See you on Sunday.

David Hansen

FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR ~

Friends, this week Sally and I head for Oregon to spend a week with our daughter Elizabeth and her family and to celebrate my birthday. While we are away we will keep PVCC in my prayers. Faithful members have guided this congregation for the last 48 years, and I know this tradition will continue well past our 50th anniversary in two years and on into the future. PVCC is a precious community with a unique and wonderful ministry. We keep you in our prayers and ask for yours.

Last Sunday, we noted in our prayer time that there are 40 wars raging in the world right now. We prayed for peace and we prayed for God’s presence and guidance. There is a story in the Hebrew Bible that tells of a time when the people faced odds so overwhelming that they said they felt like grasshoppers in the land of giants. It was not the first time or the last time they felt this way. In a real sense we are here because they persevered. I do not interpret this story as justification of militarism. Grasshoppers don’t have to become giants. In this day, we need less violence, not more. I encourage you to be thinking of ways that you can be a peace witness through your prayers and actions in the days to come.

David

FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR ~

I remember reading about a person who visited a small church in Georgia or one of the other southern states. He arrived in time to attend the adult education class before worship. There were four or five men in the group. He was surprised to see that they conducted their meeting according to a rather close reading of Robert’s Rules of Order. So it was a rather formal session for such a small group of people who obviously knew each other well. When he thought it was an appropriate time in the session he asked about this unusual behavior. The members of the group told him that it was extremely important to them that they follow Robert’s Rules of Order because the church is one of the birth places of democracy, and one of the few places we have in our society to practice democratic processes and decision-making. Following Robert’s Rules of Order was a way of reminding themselves of this tradition, and of preparing each other to participate in the democratic process in society. Because they actively participated in the democratic process in their church, they were prepared to actively participate in an open society that valued everyone’s input—including theirs.

 

Pine Valley Christian Church follows Robert’s Rules of Order loosely interpreted and applied. We don’t have people calling for a point of order or asking for a ruling from the Parliamentarian. We are all glad for that. But we do value the democratic process. And we value the participation of all our members in worship and in all the affairs of our congregation.

 

This is a long-winded way of saying your participation in the events at church on the week-end of July 25-27 when the ministerial candidate visits is important. The process is not a mere formality. You are being asked to help make a decision that will have real implications for the future of Pine Valley Christian Church. So my word for this week is plan to prayerfully participate in this important democratic process. Thank you.

David