NEWS & NOTES
I remember the moment when the elders of our church recognized that we needed deacons. It was nearly three years ago, and we were knee deep in organizational confusion over how to plan for the future. Facilities, volunteers, budgets, in every area of organizational leadership we needed help.
So began a process of proposing changes to our church's governance structure that would allow us to ordain qualified leaders from within our congregation who possessed skill and competence in those matters where our elder board was lacking. Our church voted to approve those changes last year. And we then approached two particular members whom we believed could serve in this important office.
Fast forward to now, Ian Cull and Erin Bourne will be commissioned as Deacons of The Painted Door Church this coming Sunday. Both have undergone a season of testing and assessment, already serving to great degree in the roles where needed -- Ian as Finance Director and Erin as Volunteer Director. Both have made enormous contributions to the health of our community, and the elders have determined that both are qualified to be ordained as Deacons.
After Sunday, Ian and Erin will remain in their respective roles, amd will take on additional governance responsibilities with regard to personnel and high level organizational leadership decisions. As elders, we are so grateful for their willingness to help. And we believe God has provided this help at an important time.
So what exactly does it mean to be ordained as a Deacon of The Painted Door? It means that the church is formally recognizing a God-given authority and spiritual maturity. We are commending both Ian and Erin as trustworthy leaders. Their areas of service will not primarily be in the ministries of word and prayer, but as elders we commend them as trustworthy to serve in those ways as needs arise.
Many of you have already experienced and benefited from the wisdom and grace that Ian and Erin both possess. Please consider thanking them as a means of supporting their transition into more formal leadership. And finally, as is the case with all leaders, please remember that Ian and Erin are people, just like everyone else. They need love. They need mercy. And they need our kindness as much as we need theirs.
- Pastor Mark
THIS COMING SUNDAY
A PILGRIMAGE TO THE CHRIST
Pastor Mark Bergin
Who will disciple you in 2019? That question matters far more than any goal you might set for the year. And to answer that question, first look back at the year just passed: Who discipled you in 2018? Was it yourself? Was it the fashions of our time? Was it some political or cultural or social leader? Identifying who or what has led you to where you are now provides a starting point for the journey ahead. In the ancient near east, a group of wise men began their journey from somewhere east of Jerusalem. They followed a star to Bethlehem, found the Christ child there, and worshiped him. We are in need of a similar pilgrimage, from wherever we are now toward closer presence with Jesus. Do you know the way? Have you studied the skies? Have you heard the prophets?