John's Windish Evangelical Lutheran Church
Dear Members and Friends of St. John’s Windish Church:
I hope you are enjoying the summer and finding time for rest and relaxation. While the pace changes at church during the summer, we are still actively involved in ministry. We worship each Sunday at 9 am in our air conditioned sanctuary, and we hope that you will join us. Other activities and ministries are listed in this newsletter.
At the beginning of June I had the privilege of attending the synod assembly with our delegates, Sharon and Guy Lintner. Thank you to Sharon and Guy for generously their time to represent our congregation within the synod. The assembly includes guest speakers, election of synod officers, discussion of business items, and opportunities for worship.
Bishop Zeiser preached a wonderful sermon during the festival worship on Friday evening, and a copy of his sermon is available on the synod website. Additional synod assembly information is available on the website.
We were able to pass a synod budget that reflects a decrease in giving and will probably result in a decrease of synod staff. This will impact all of us and make it more difficult for the remaining staff to provide the level of ministry to which we are familiar. So please, keep all the staff in your thoughts and prayers. We also passed minimum salary requirements for rostered leaders, which include a two percent increase.
We wrestled with our response as Christians to the global climate debate. After a lengthy discussion, we resolved to call upon our president, Donald Trump, to maintain dialogue with the global community to address the concerns of global warming.
We also addressed the lack of consistent Spiritual Leadership in congregations that are no longer able to afford a full time ordained pastor. The synod staff is working with select individuals to address ways to provide support to such congregations. Each year this appears to become a larger issue as many churches are seeing a decline in resources but still have very active ministries.
I hope that the summer brings rest and healing for each of you. I keep you in my prayers and look forward to seeing you throughout the summer.
Cell phone: 610-217-1375