Your Transition Team has been meeting since last spring, and this is an update about what we have been up to over the past few months. Let’s call it ….A Moment for Transition.
You may have noticed that there is a new bulletin board in the Narthex with our pictures, in case you do not know who we are, as well as a suggestion/question box. We really do want to hear from you! You are encouraged to contact any one of us with your questions, concerns, feedback and ideas, as we move through this process.
We have been engaged in Team building! We have shared why we are here and why we are passionate about finding a new way for LSUC to continue to exist.
We begin each meeting with a Bible reflection. Whether it be Jesus direction to his disciples to “cast your nets on the other side of the boat”…to be courageous enough to try something different….or whether it be Paul’s letters to the early churches urging them to stand strong, stand together, to focus on the light. Now we are not in their exact same position…ie that of being persecuted ….but the message is there for us too…. to stand strong together in our mission to bring Christ’s light and love to this small corner of the world.
We have been identifiying goals and direction for the work.
One important goal has been to reach out to those who left the church over the past 2-3 years, to inform them of the process of intentional interim ministry, and to offer them the opportunity to meet with Shannon if they would like to talk through their experience, whether they wish to return to LSU or not. In fact, this invitation is open to anyone in the congregation who would like to meet with Shannon, if you too wish to share your feelings around what has occurred over the past 2 years.
Now begins the important work of engaging the congregation.
So, this fall, we are planning 3 sharing events on the last Sundays of the next 3 months:
September 30 – Celebrating our History and Honoring the Gifts of the Past
There will be a shortened worship service, where you will meet the ANGELS of the Churches past. This will be followed by a Potluck Brunch and then an opportunity for this community to share and celebrate together…..We want to hear each others stories. Where did you come from and why have you stayed? How have the events of the past 2 years affected you? What are some of the positives/highlights of LSUC ministry thus far.
So next Sunday, come and worship, meet the angels of the churches past. This is a loaves and fishes event. In other words, bring a potluck something to share for the feast, and bring yourselves to share with each other.
October 28 – Celebrate who we are now. Celebrate our relationships with one another and the ministry we have at this point. What is our identity today? A realistic look at what LSU looks like today? What resources do we have to work with? Our financial position, our building and our people…. Our “Talents and Treasures”.
What do we have rather than what don’t we have.
November 25 – Celebrate the vision and commitment! Where are we going? Can we build a new vision that is realistic, yet attainable. And how can we get there?
For each of these visioning events, WE NEED YOU. Your experiences, your commitment to the work of LSUC and the hope you bring for the future.
One goal that we identified as a team was to HAVE SOME FUN.
We hope that each of these events will be ENRICHING and FUN as well as productive.
On behalf of the Transition Team,