Get the Son back into your Summer

“Get the Son back into your Summer”

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus!

I hope that your summer is going well. I am thankful that we have had a few sunny days even though much of June was rainy and cloudy. It makes us appreciate those few good days and offer thanks to God when we can be outside in his creation enjoying the blessings of summer.

I realize that during summer life gets crazy trying to cram a full year of outdoor activities and vacations into three months. In the midst of this busyness, my prayer for you is to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.  Stay connected at worship, if not here, someplace else. What a wonderful opportunity to visit a different church when on vacation. Perhaps you will be able to share new ideas and visions from your adventures. Be intentional and renewed as you gather at the Lord’s house with family and friends.

This summer the work of All Saints continues as we have several projects in the works and also look forward to the fall schedules. God’s work is never ending and summer is no exception. Right now preparations are being made in Christian education as we are looking for teachers and confirmation mentors for September. Outreach has several mission opportunities needing your support with the Military Troop Care packages being gathered until July 15th. Evangelism outreach is trying to knock on doors and inviting neighbors to church. We could use a boost of support from all of us to reach out to neighbors and invite them to worship. Ponderings with the Padre still has a remaining session on Monday evening as we compare and contrast others faith traditions and grow in our faith. We will be hosting outdoor worship and picnic on August 4th at Scott park in Omro. And we cannot forget the care of our church grounds as dedicated members care for the property, mow lawns, tackle worship projector projects, and look at options for maintaining the parking lot. All this in the midst of still waiting on the Holy Spirit to affirm your decision and diligence of calling a pastor. None of this can be accomplished alone. Your help is needed and a blessing. Together as the body of Christ we can do great things in Jesus name!

So I am challenging you as Jesus challenges us all, to pray about these matters, take time to worship and to seek the Lord in finding ways to serve. Together we are the body of Christ, hands to do his work, feet to run his errands, a voice to speak for him.  

He has no hands but our hands to do his work today;
He has no feet but our feet to lead others in his way;
He has no voice but our voice to tell others how he died; and,
He has no help but our help to lead them to his side.

 

Walking by Faith,

Pastor Dean

All Saints
Knock knock.. Let's Go!

“Go therefore and make disciples…..
And remember I am with you until the end of the age” Matthew 28: 19-20

We have been commanded to go into all the world and share the gospel, but how exactly do we accomplish this? One approach is door-to-door evangelism—but it can be extremely nerve-racking. Just the thought of walking up to a stranger’s door to share the gospel is enough to send the bravest of us into a panic attack. However, for those who are so inclined, this is a wonderful opportunity to present the gospel of our Savior and to simply invite someone to church. The time is right for All Saints to begin to reach out into our surrounding neighborhoods and simply invite our neighbors to join us at church. When the congregation was established over 30 years ago mission developer and Pastor Catherine Moede did just that. Knocked on doors and invited people to church. From her efforts guided by the Holy Spirit and supported by a small band of believers the church grew to what it is today. With all of the local expansion to our west and the ever changing views of our neighborhoods it is essential that this process continues as we evolve and continue to redevelop ourselves as a congregation. As your pastor it is my goal to start in the adjacent neighborhoods surrounding the church and intentionally start to direct efforts in the new and developing neighborhoods in the town of Omro. The trends of our culture and world are unsettling as more and more people have either drifted away from church or have never had any church connection at all. We cannot live in the past with a “Field of Dreams” mentality that if you build it they will come. We need to go out and meet them. Jesus command to us is to go. I’m inviting you to go with me on this journey this summer. I will be doing training for what we hope to accomplish with canvassing the neighborhoods and how we hope to receive guests when they do arrive at All Saints. It is equally important to invite but also equally important to set a good impression once they come to visit the church. We also have diligently been working to increase our social media and web presence to reach people in this digital age. This too is an untapped arena of opportunity and we are currently seeking individuals to be part of our tech team. So if you happen to notice a bald dude with shades on with cargo shorts and a back pack full of invitational materials knocking and doors.

Don’t be afraid. It’s just your padre.

And if you would like to be part of this intentional outreach, join me.

Walking by Faith…. literally

+Pastor Dean

All Saints