By Diane Lee, Elder, Kent First Pres., Images courtesy of Danny Bolin, PC(USA)
- My Peace Making offering doesn’t just provide “wells for water,” but supports advocates at the United Nations and Washington D.C. that speak to social injustice from a Christian perspective.
- Rev. Mark Labberton asked us “Is all this just a work of fiction or is it about the evidence of the life of Jesus Christ? If I showed up at your church would I find people like Jesus?”
- Storytelling allows us to share memories in community. Stories help us realize we have value. When telling your story think about the place—what does it look like, what are the sounds, how does it feel, what does it smell like? Step into the story; imagine yourself there. When telling your faith story what is the most important thing you want to convey about the story?
- Elders: Being an Elder is a calling for life in the ministry of Christ. Teaching Elders (Pastors) need Ruling Elders (current session members) to monitor, to keep focused and hold the Teaching Elder to their calling. Elders need to bring community/congregation concerns to the Teaching Elder. Who holds Elders accountable? We need to hold each other accountable. Elders need to be open to letting go and take hold of what God needs us to be. We are more than committee members. Elders should also be spiritual leaders.
- Stewardship is not about the budget, but our commitment to Christ—a response to grace received. We need to ask donors what they see as a benefit. What are the congregation’s values? What unites them? Are we funding needs or are we funding value? Are we a blessing to God? How do we return the blessing received?
- “God can do anything but fail!” -Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II
- During some free time I went to the Eiteljorg Museum that was across the street from the hotel. There is a wonderful display of American Indian artifacts. At one vignette a couple quotes caught my attention from Truman Lowe, a tribal leader of the Ho–Chuck Indians: “One thing that I have learned about traditions is that in order to survive it has to change. That’s one of the constants of tradition.” “How people live forms their traditions. When the environment changes, they must adapt to the new.” Are we not at this point? Are we adapting the way Christ would want?