As is our custom and has been the custom of the church since the beginning, we gather, have dialogue, and eat meals together. However, we have been challenged during this pandemic. Everyone I talk to feels isolated, perhaps lonely, and perhaps afraid. Still, there is hope.
First, read from Acts 2: The Fellowship of Believers
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
In spite of the initial feelings of fear and loneliness, I hear and witness your efforts to connect in new ways. Karen Bandy has been calling everyone in her neighborhood flock. When someone did not answer the phone, she was afraid for them and shared her concern. Later, that person returned the call and learned how concerned she was. I cannot help but believe that we are sharing our feelings a bit more and our true heart is being revealed. I cannot help but believe that through this weird isolation we will come to understand how precious each and every one of us is to the Body of Christ, and that in spite of isolation, God will bring us closer together and reveal our faith in new and wonderful ways.
This was to be a time of transition for Living Lord, and I wanted it to be a time of gathering and sharing our vision of what Living Lord could do and be for the sake of the Gospel. Nancy Walters was and is excited about making that happen. At first, we feared that this pandemic had derailed our plans, but Nancy simply came and said, “How are we going to make this happen?” Yes, she put it in the interrogative; however, her tone of voice was in the imperative! In other words, Nancy was saying, “Let’s make this happen!” So, Nancy is taking the input from our first Town Hall meeting, along with notes from the Council, and is writing a draft of a “Strategic Plan” for our Ministry Profile. We will send this to everyone to read. We will pray for everyone to respond with comments and additional input. From this sharing and study, we will be prepared to vote to approve our congregational vision of who we are and our plan to be “Church” in our community. I pray that this effort will bring us even closer together than we were before this pandemic.
Church Information…Please remember that you can obtain church information from the monthly Lamplighter Newsletter, the Constant Contact emails you receive, on the church website (www.lllc.org), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Living-Lord-Lutheran-Church-493806727349110/), and postings on the church bulletin board. Church Council Meeting minutes are posted on the bulletin board and sent out via Constant Contact. We would like to see a better “open rate” when we send information to you via Constant Contact so that we know you are being informed of the activities that are occurring at the church. If you have any other suggestions on how best to reach out to our parishioners, please see a Council member.