November 4, 2021
Charge Conference Report from Pastor Joey
Do your eyes roll back in your head when you hear that the church is having its yearly meeting with the District Superintendent? First of all, that would be a physical challenge. Secondly, I hope you read Margaret Cox’s report (last week) on the state of the church! She covered uh-ohs and aaahs with clarity and grace.
As a church, we are facing the challenge of Covid-fatigue with fortitude, tenacity, resilience, and strong leadership.
When I became the interim pastor of Trinity UMC, September 1, 2021, I found a church family challenged by the following: unexpected pastoral change, COVID protocols, members and friends afraid to leave home. I also found a church family ready to regroup, hungry for the life-giving Word of God, and planning for our vibrant Christ-led future. What a blessing!
This year, our meeting will be a Charge Conference. Instead of a “y’all come” invitation, it will be for members of the Administrative Council and retired pastors. There are two reasons for this. The District Superintendent, Mark Galang, will be present via Zoom. He is asking that we keep the meeting to one hour. The meeting will include accountability questions (e. g. apportionments and safe church policy), approval of the pastor’s salary and the leadership report, and receiving reports from committees.
Perhaps it is easy to be doobie-downers when we are confined with restrictions and COVID challenges. If you are discouraged, look for signs of hope in our congregation:
- The delight of our Worship Team bringing in musical instruments so we experience the rhythm of the hymns.
- A Missions Team that is reaching beyond our doors to the neighborhood and around the world.
- Bible study Mondays where over 1/8th of the congregation gathers each week in-person to study God’s Holy Word from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- A Finance Committee willing to keep the mission of the church in the forefront as it is faithful to fiscal stewardship. Yes, there will be some belt-tightening . . . and watch for pledge cards this year!
- A Pastoral Care Team that shares the tender love of God through visits, cards, phone calls, and the offer of a helping hand.
- An Education Team readying new opportunities for growth in 2022.
- A Trustees Committee that weekly gives loving care to our church plant and that has been planning for over a year to see that refurbishing becomes a tangible sign of our hope for the future.
- And I thank our Staff-Parish Relations Committee for their stewardship of our staff and for graciously receiving me as the interim pastor.
Let’s continue to be servants of Jesus Christ our Lord as we follow our Mission Statement to Welcome*Grow*Empower and Serve God from our community of faith throughout the world.
Pastor Joey Olson
Some Concerns that we have:
- Pastor Brad and Dorothy Beeman at the death of Brad’s mother.
- For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. For those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
- For those who haven’t been vaccinated yet; for all those who are ill from the Covid-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for essential workers.
- For peace in our country.
- For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal.