Congregational Meeting – Sunday, August 7 at 9:35 am
Please join us for a brief congregational meeting, Sunday, August 7 at 9:35 am in the Fellowship Hall. The congregation is being asked to approve expenses to resurface our North Parking Lot. Per our constitution, non-budgeted expenses of over $100,000 require congregational approval. Coffee and treats will be provided.
A Message from Pastor Jason
I meet with a spiritual director about once a month. In a recent conversation she began with a prayer that was familiar to me, but she amended a couple of lines. “O Divine and Loving God, you have called your servants to adventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths yet untrodden, through perils and possibilities unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go. Only that your hand is leading us, and your love is supporting us, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen”
The thought of God sending us on adventures in this season seems about right. Perhaps you are embarking on a road trip this summer or tackling a long-delayed project. Maybe you’ve had to reassess your priorities or are at a time in life where you are making major lifestyle changes. Some things that we have no choice in can be a significant adventure, too. What we come to trust through this prayer is that God can be at work in all of it. Whatever you are facing this summer, be it peril or possibility, we can trust that God, who is divine and loving, walks with us through all the unknown.
This prayer also has me wondering about what kinds of adventures God is calling us into as a church in this season. What does God have in store for us as we seek to do be faithful in our ministry. One path we know we are on is the call process for an associate pastor. The call committee is made up of a wonderful group of people: Doug Berg-Williams, Mary Yackley, Luke Reisig, Jenny Sanford, Chris Blake, Nancy Huart, April Simek, and me, Pastor Jason Bryan-Wegner. In the coming weeks, there will be opportunity for you to submit names of potential candidates you’d like the committee to consider. Updates on the call process and ways to submit those names will be available at church and on our website. Look for more details there.
What we don’t know yet is what kinds of gifts and passions this pastor will bring to Augustana. The feedback provided by the congregation in the spring listening sessions convinced me that we need to be specific about the gifts and skills we’re looking for in our next associate pastor. Repeatedly, people expressed a desire for Augustana to strengthen ministry with younger generations and to deepen our connections to our immediate neighbors. Because of this feedback, we will be searching for a Pastor of Discipleship and Community Mission, rather than a generalist associate pastor. By being specific, our hope is that we are working with the Spirit to find the right person, for the right position, in the right congregation.
Wherever your adventures take you this summer, may God grant you an abundance of faith, hope, and love to be your guide.