Council President Update 3/12/2015

We are pleased to announce that the Rev. James Weckwerth has been called to be the Bridge Pastor for Holy Cross until a settled (permanent) Pastor is called by our Call Committee.  Pastor Jim will come to Holy Cross on March 23rd and will lead worship with Pastor Hahn on March 25th.   Welcome, Pastor Jim!   We also want to thank Pastor David Hahn for walking with us through the transition and leading worship and the adult Bible Study. On Wednesday March 18th and Sunday March 22nd, welcome Pastor Tim Hackbarth as our worship leader.  

In our March Council meeting, the Council voted to establish a Building Committee to explore the building and document changes, improvements and maintenance that are needed or desired and present the report for both categories to the council with cost estimates for each project by September 2015.  Volunteers are needed for this committee.  Contact any council member if you are willing to serve on this committee.

 

Council President Update 3/5/2015

The Lenten Season is full swing with Adult Bible Studies, Confirmation Mentors, Soup and Sandwich Suppers and Lenten Worship on Wednesday evenings.  We are so pleased to have Pastor Hahn leading our worship!   In the meantime the Personnel and Executive Committees are in final negotiations with our Bridge Pastor candidate.   


At the Tuesday Council meeting, we discussed ways to get ideas from the congregation on possible fundraising policies that are being developed by the Finance Committee.  Questions to be answered  include what defines a fundraising activity; who should be able to conduct fundraising activities at church; and where should these activities take place? Should the food shelf and other donation projects including flowers for the sanctuary be considered a fundraising event?   If you have an opinion about any of the above, you can talk to any Council or Finance Committee member or email your message to holycrosslc@holycrosslc.org. The more ideas we get the better we can define our policies to work for the mission of Holy Cross.

We are impressed that so many people have stepped up to help with all the tasks that need to be done to keep Holy Cross moving forward during this time of transition.  Thank you to each and everyone of you for your support of your church family!  

 

Council President Update 2/26/2015

The past week was an eventful one for our Interim transition.  Bishop Lull and her Assistant Rev. Lamont Koerner attended the Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday evening to hear the presentation of the Ministry Site Profile by the Mission Exploration Team.  Both had some promising remarks about the report and the future of Holy Cross.  Thank you to the members who braved the cold that night to attend this important meeting.  The Call Committee has the profile and their work is beginning.  Rev. Koerner reminded us that the work of the Call Committee is to be kept private and that we should not expect reports from them before they are ready to present a candidate to the congregation.  However, if you have a potential candidate in mind for Holy Cross, this is the time to give that name to the committee. 

The Executive and Personnel Committees are in the final stages of negotiations with our Bridge Pastor candidate.  The Executive Committee approved a recommendation to hire the Pastor based on mutual expectations and budget considerations.  We hope to be able to present this pastor to you in the very soon.  In the meantime, we are blessed to have the Rev. Dr. David Hahn with until the end of March. Please continue to pray for Holy Cross and the worship leaders God is preparing for us.  I am available to answer questions and concerns. 

Council President Update 2/19/2015

The Ministry Site Profile (MSP) was reviewed by 32 members of the congregation, as well as the St. Paul Synod Bishop and her Assistant, at the Town Hall Meeting on February 17th.  The MSP now goes to the Call Committee to be used in the process for calling a Pastor for Holy Cross.  The Call Committee will begin their work in the next two weeks with hopes of calling a new Pastor by late summer.  In the meantime, the Executive and Personnel Committees are in final negotiations with a Bridge Pastor to replace Pastor Anne at the end of March.  Until the Bridge Pastor comes to Holy Cross, Rev. Dr. David Hahn will be  leading worship on Sundays and Wednesday evenings.  During Lent, Pastor Hahn will facilitate two adult Bible studies on Wednesday evenings at 5:00 and 7:30. Please consider participating in one of these groups.  We want to thank you for your attendance at the Town Hall Meeting and for all the volunteers and staff who are stepping up to help with worship and church business in the absence of our pastor.  

Council President Update 1/27/2015

The Council Executive Committee met to review the decisions made by the congregation at the Annual Meeting.  The 2015 budget goes into effect immediately, cutting the pastor’s position to half time and moving to one service each Sunday.  Holy Cross members should have received a post card in the mail this week announcing the Sunday 9:30 am service.  The committee received a resume for a candidate for Bridging Pastor from the Synod.  Plans are underway to begin interviews this week with a goal of hiring a pastor by February 15th.  

Council President Update 2/5/2015

A date has been set to interview a candidate for Bridge Pastor for Holy Cross.  This is the Pastor who will lead worship and other pastoral duties after Pastor Anne leaves until we call our permanent pastor.  We may have a “substitute pastor” for the week or so following Pastor Anne’s last Sunday.  I hope you will add Tuesday, February 17th to your calendar.  The Mission Site Profile will be presented to the congregation and Bishop Lull to begin the Call process.  Please pray for your church leaders as we make decisions about the transition period from February through the summer.  

Council President Update 2/12/2015

Last weekend, the Church Council voted to accept the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) from the Mission Exploration Team (MET).  This is the profile that will be the basis for calling a permanent pastor to Holy Cross.  The MSP will be presented to the Congregation and our Bishop Lull on Tuesday, Feb. 17th.  Please plan to attend this important Congregation meeting. As hard as it its to say farewell to Pastor Anne this weekend, we are moving forward with plans for a Bridge Pastor to lead us through the Call Process.  Pastor David Hahn, who has been with us in Pastor Anne’s absences, will be our worship leader until the Bridge Pastor is called.  Pastor David will also lead the Adult Bible Studies in Lent.  Please plan to attend!