At the June meeting of the church council, a decision was reached that affects us all. The decision was made to offer one worship service at 9:00 am Sunday morning as we enter the fall program year. It should be noted this was not a decision that was easily arrived at. Allow me to share some of the reasoning behind this unanimous decision made by leadership.
First, it’s no secret that our worship numbers are down. Our average Sunday worship from January 1—May 22, 2016, was 55 at 8:00 am and 99 at 10:30 am. So far this summer, we are averaging 112 in 9:00 am Sunday worship.
Second, it was pointed out that worship feels better with larger numbers. We all agree that where two or more have gathered Christ is in the midst of us. That said, with 50 people or fewer in the sanctuary it feels, well, somewhat empty. Speaking for myself, with worship numbers well over hundred this summer, as we raise our voices in song and prayer, it feels good.
Therefore, instead of changing to 8:00 am and 10:30 am worship with the Christian education time beginning at 9:15 am after Labor Day as has been our practice in the past, we will continue with one service at 9:00 am. Christian Education for all ages will be offered at 10:15 am.
Council is committed to reassessing the new schedule late in November; therefore, please share your thoughts and ideas on the schedule change with members of the leadership team.
The Worship and Music Committee has been asked to explore other service times and options. Please share your thoughts with committee members: Tim Smith, Sherrill Houchens, Linda Pein, Tori Corkery, Dorothy Oakley, June Waller, Jill Crandall, or Pastor Tom.
On another subject, it’s difficult for me to believe that as I write we are quickly moving into the month of July. Summer is passing quickly. Please, please, take Sabbath time. Time for rest and renewal. Time to be with friends and family. If you’re traveling, I pray for your safe travels. I ask that you pray for our El Salvador mission group. Pray their work be fruitful, that new friendships may be formed, and pray for their safe travels.
Serving together in Christ,
Pastor Tom Hillertz