Note from Pastor Jana 1 What if we took our membership vows seriously? How transforming would that be for your life and the life of the church? A lot of members do take those vows seriously. They are committed. Then, there are some that probably forgot they even took vows when they became members. Or perhaps, you attend regularly, but aren’t an actual member (talk to me if that’s the case, we can change that!). Even if you aren’t an official member, I would hope you would hold these vows in your heart. In our membership vows, we vow to faithfully participate in the life and ministries of our local congregation through our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. These vows will be the focus of my newsletter articles in the next several months. As we dream and vision for our church, we need to hold these vows up. We need to be living them out in so many ways. Our prayers can change things. We know this. Whether they change the situation or often times, our emotions get changed. We find clarity, we find hope, we find God. We know this to be true. We believe in prayer. That is why we send out prayer requests. We lift up people and situations in worship. We believe that prayer truly makes a difference. Let me first say, thank you to those who came to the planning retreat. We were able to flush out some things that need to be worked on here. We need to be better at communication. We have goals to expand hospitality in how we greet new people, dreams of a once a month dinner as a community plus new friends, sharing our story and hearing each other’s stories of faith. This is just a little bit of those dreams. Will you hold these in your prayers? May these ideas be mustard seed dreams that grow beyond our wildest imaginations. Let’s start praying, let God get to work, and respond by being the hands and feet of Jesus. Amen. Pastor Jana

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