A Word from the Pastor: March 2019

In case you missed the congregational potluck kicking off the interim process, here is the reader’s digest version

*The church (the overall church, not Emmanuel specifically) is facing tough times.

*The church belongs to God, and God’s mission doesn’t fail.

*Therefore, this is an exciting time to be a part of the church.

Emmanuel, as a church in transition (all churches are in transition by the way) is moving into uncharted waters and what we need at this moment is a 10,000-foot view. How do we get that view? Through taking some time out for reflection—seeking insight into who God is calling us to be, here and now. That is what the questionnaire is all about and what the small groups will be focused on.

Some of us love reflecting. Some of us can spend all day and night reflecting on this or that, pontificating on potential futures. Then there are those who like action; who can’t stand sitting around gazing into a future that may never arrive while the rest of the world goes to pot. Action people want to DO something!

The church needs both. The church needs people who have the patience to think through questions like “what we are doing and why are we doing it” so that we aren’t just reacting to a bad situation and making it worse, or spinning our wheels in unproductive activity that gets us nowhere just for the sake of taking action. The church also needs people who can call a timeout on all the talking and processing, and insist that it have a real impact.

So, who are you? Are you inclined to action? Do you get frustrated with

talk and yearn to get on with making things in the real world that have real meaning? Or are you someone who wants to build the vision before you build the reality. Whichever you are, Emmanuel needs you.

For now, we need input for insight and vision. We will continue in the small groups for more “thinking and listening.” So, to all our action-oriented members I’d say, be patient, but be ready to call a timeout and insist that all vision and insight is meaningless if it doesn’t result in action.

Blessings, Pastor Jen

P.S. If you haven’t already, please fill out the questionnaire available on pages 7 and 8 in this issue or in the narthex and place them in the basket in the narthex. And sign up for a small group–sign-up sheets will be in the Fireside Room this Sunday.