For over a year, you have read in our newsletter and heard updates the possibility of Our Savior’s and Emmanuel working together with other churches to do ministry. For some, this has gone unnoticed. Events have changed.
Pastor Bonnie Cain of Nazareth in Withee is retiring as of the beginning of September. The Synod cannot provide an interim Pastor for them.
Our Savior’s and Emmanuel, along with St. Paul’s of Curtiss and Our Saviour’s in Holoway, have been approached to enter into a ONE YEAR agreement to allow our pastors to provide pastoral leadership & care to the people of Nazareth. This would mean on some Sundays, Pastor Brian would lead 3 services.
To do this, it MAY mean our churches would change Sunday worship times.
This MAY mean that Pastor Brian takes on added duties to help the people of Nazareth (visits, meetings, etc.)
This MAY mean that some ministries (such as C+LIFFE/ confirmation program or Luther League) could expand to include people from Nazareth, and possibly, other churches.
This MAY mean that Pastor Brian will need to have members of the congregation help or take over some of his responsibilities.
Everything has been qualified with MAY because all five churches are trying to figure out how this can work, and what they, and their pastors, feel able to do.
This is being considered because we are called to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, to love our sisters and brothers as Christ loves us.
All of this is being discussed with each church council, and the pastors, with advice and guidance from the Synod. NOTHING has been finalized or made official. However, time is not on our side with Pastor Cain’s approaching retirement.
The next Cooperative Ministry meeting is scheduled for the end of this month. Depending upon the results of that meeting, a joint congregational informational meeting is being scheduled for weeknight in early August.
If you have questions, contact Pastor Brian or a church council member.
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