|Dear People of Zumbro,|
In the midst of the uncertainty and struggles of 2020, numerous questions have arisen about how to be the church now and into the future. To name a few of these questions: How can we maintain our sense of community when we don’t see each other? How can we continue to improve our online streaming, because in-person worship is still a ways off? What can we do to deepen our trust in God in these anxious times? What can we do to (safely) help people who need it most?
These questions have led to four main stewardship goals for 2021: 1) nurturing our personal connections, 2) enhancing our digital footprint, 3) tending to our faith and the faith of our children, and 4) loving our neighbors as ourselves.
Since setting these goals, the staff has been working on getting more specific. While individual staff are listed, these are goals we work on together. And know that we are able to accomplish them only with the help and support of the congregation.
Nurturing Our Personal Connections
Reengage with our Dinka community (Pastor Jason)Find ways to use small ensembles in worship (Bob Giere, Kristy Giere)Facilitate another round of phone calling to Zumbro members (Ruth Monson)Connect with adults ages 45-60 and explore support and service opportunities (Pastor Shelley)
Enhancing Our Digital Footprint
Present Lessons and Carols in a virtual format (Kristy Giere, Bob Giere)Find out more about who is watching online and how we can reach them (Margaret Dillard)Upgrade streaming capabilities in the sanctuary (Pastor Jason, Tracy Schar)Expand storytelling on the Zumbro blog (Sarah Lichty)Produce one digital anthem per month (Bob Giere)Create a virtual Children’s Christmas program (Janette Reeves)
Tending to Our Faith and the Faith of Our Children
Develop creative, in-home curriculum for Faith Formation (Janette Reeves)Work with small groups to develop spiritual habits such as prayer (Pastor Jason)Create ways to connect youth, young adults, and their families to worship (Jen Gruendler)Preach and teach from Luke, our gospel through Easter (Pastor Vern)
Love Our Neighbors as Ourselves
Provide consistent opportunities for our youth and their families to share the love of Jesus with the least and the lost (Jen Gruendler)Identify small group service opportunities for areas such as creation care and homelessness (Sarah Lichty)Encourage families to serve together (Janette Reeves)Build and stock an outdoor mini-pantry on 3rd Avenue to share with those experiencing food insecurity (Sarah Lichty)This list by no means details all our goals for 2021, but it’s a start. And unlike most years, we say we are writing them in pencil and not in ink. We have to be ready to pivot if and when it’s necessary.
Stewardship Worship is on November 8 and 11. We invite you to join us in our efforts to be the church in 2021. You can either make your commitment online or you can fill out a pledge card and mail it to church. And, if you’d like to bring it in person, we’ll be collecting them on Sunday, Nov. 8, at our Parking Lot Service at 10:30am and also at Tailgate Church on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 6:15pm. RSVPs are required.
Thank you in advance for your generosity. These are not easy times, but we are grateful to have you join us in finding new and creative ways to be the church together.
~ Pastor Vern