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President's Corner-February

   

 

  

As my term as President of your Church Council comes to an end, I want to thank you for your support during this time.  It’s been a most unusual year with Covid taking charge in many ways.  Who could have predicted that we’d be worshiping on the patio or watching services on our computers or phones, using ZOOM like never before, communicating with lots more phone calls and emails, and spending more time than we’d like in isolation.  And masks!  Remember when everyone was frantically sewing them up?  Now you can buy them in every grocery store, drugstore, and of course on-line.  What a year it’s been!  

 

Change is everywhere, including here at church.  Some of the recent highlights:

 

  • Pastor Al is now our “Interim Pastor”.  While you won’t notice much change at all, his title shifts a bit as part of the process of moving forward, allowing him to plan for retirement, and for the church to begin the process of calling a new full-time pastor.
  • The call process is about to pick up steam and move forward.  Potential members of a Call Committee have been carefully selected, and these individuals have agreed to take on this monumental task.  Their work will begin once they are officially approved by the Voters on February 21st.  A congregational meeting will take place on the patio at that time, and if possible, I strongly urge you to attend.  Those nominated for the Call Committee are:  Debby Bare, Debra Carter, Bill Johnson, Doug Lehman, Terry Neary, and Emily Stutesman.  Nominated to serve as alternate members are Dorothy Ritz and Barbara Truckenbrod.  
  • At that same Voters Meeting, three positions on our Church Council will be filled.  Deborah Mitchell’s term is up, as is mine.  The third vacancy follows the passing of former Council member, Dick Steinke.  As of this writing, another team is busy recruiting for these vacancies.
  • A big thanks to those who volunteered to cook, bake, or deliver meals to some homeless families who are being helped to make new starts in their lives through Family Promise.
  • Preschool continues to thrive.  Children and youth ministries have a different look but are also doing well.  Thanks again to Macon, Michelle and Shannon.
  • Finally, while Covid is still a force to be reckoned with, the vaccinations offer a sign of hope for all of us.  Please join me in praying that brighter days are on the horizon, and that some semblance of normalcy can soon be seen.
  • On one last final note, I wish to offer a huge THANK YOU for allowing me to serve this past year as your congregational president.  What a year it has been!  It’s now time for me to step aside and allow new leadership to take over.  I feel blessed to have been your Council president, but for now I’ll step back, occupy a pew (or a folding chair on the patio), and quietly hand over the reins to someone else.  Thank you.

 

May God’s peace be with you,

Kathy Neary

Church Council President (for just a couple more weeks)

 

 

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Peace Lutheran Church18265 North 89th AvenuePeoria, AZ  85382

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