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Pastor's Ponderings Monday, April 17, 2017

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Martha Conant was aboard United Airlines flight 232 on July 19, 1989.
The flight crashed in Sioux City, Iowa. Of the 296 people on board that flight, 111 perished in the crash, and many were seriously injured. Martha Conant was lucky.
She survived.

This is what she said about her experience, many years later:

For me the crash was like a proverbial ocean liner turning around. There were some changes that happened right away, as soon as I got my feet on the ground. And others have unfolded over the sixteen, seventeen years since then.

Immediately, I decided that I wanted to live with as few regrets as possible. And for me that meant repairing relationships that had been compromised and trying very hard not to leave anything undone. So not leaving home in the morning, for example, being upset with someone. Or not passing up a chance to tell Dale, my husband, or one of the boys how much I love them. Or not turning down a chance to tell a friend how much I appreciate her.

What’s been longer in unfolding is a reprioritization of my life.

Well, the big day of Easter 2017 is over. We've put away the lilies and the tulips and daffodils, but the significance of the Easter event lingers on. For those first followers of Jesus, Easter was an EVENT that brought with it some changes that happened right away, as soon as those first followers got their feet on the ground. And other changes unfolded in the years that followed. The message of Easter changed the course of human history and brought with it a reprioritization of life. And it could be said that the impact of that first Easter is still having an effect some 2,000 years later.

 

Pastor's Ponderings February 6, 2017

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Calvary Church does many great things. There is always something worthwhile happening in the building and among the various groups and ministries. Yet, keeping busy with worthwhile events is not enough. The church needs to always be considering its mission and God’s call. We need to be sure that we are doing the right things that bring about God’s kingdom here in our midst.

The time has come for the church to engage in an intentional period of planning and discernment around its future. Who are we? Who is our neighbor? What is God calling us to do and be as we move into the future?

The Church Council recently received an overview of a planning process that will run over the next six months of the year. The Council has called for the creation of a Vision Team that will oversee a process of study, discussion, and prayerful discernment that will lead to a written statement that will give broad direction to the leaders and members of the church and focus our energy to accomplish what God is calling us to be and do. Nominations for Vision Team membership can be made to Pastor Steve Larsen.

The Vision Team will involve 5-7 individuals who will study demographic information, conduct interviews among town and county leaders, conduct surveys of current members and constituents, study the Bible and engage in prayer. There will be various ways in which information and comments are gathered from the people within the church and progress reports made to the Church Council and larger congregation. You are invited to pray for the work that is underway as well as the members of the Vision Team, that we can know what it is that God has in mind for us, and have the courage to do it in Jesus’ name. You can expect to learn much more as the process gets underway in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, you can read the document “A Framework for Planning” on our website. CLICK HERE to visit that document.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Steve Larsen 

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