STORY from “LEAP” . . . February, 2018 . . .
. . . PASTORS AND SCHOOL PRINCIPALS MEET TOGETHER REGULARLY
In 2011, representatives of our area Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod churches and schools began to engage in
strategic planning for what would eventually become the “Lutheran Education Advancement Plan – LEAP Alliance.”
Already in those days, one of many objectives for building an alliance was to bring pastors and school principals
together on a regular basis to collaborate on matters of shared ministry. Late in 2013, the first such “P2 Pastors and
Principals Meeting” occurred. Such “LEAP P2 Meetings” are still occurring, three times each year.
Mrs. Jennifer Enge, Principal of St. John (Amelith) Lutheran School in Bay City, has been, and continues to be the
Coordinator for the “LEAP P2 meetings” which are held at our various LEAP church/school sites, including churches
that do not presently operate parish schools. The meetings often provide opportunities for touring the church and school sites and hearing the stories of ministry actions that occur there. At the “P2 Meetings,” primary meeting attention is given to hearing and discussing interesting and timeless meeting topics. Examples have been “Children’s Church,” “TEAM Ministry,” “Being Lutheran in a Post Church Culture,” “Funding Options,” and many more.
While pastors have conferenced together often for many years, and school principals have done the same, the “LEAP P2” pastor-principal meetings have proven to be beneficial and appreciated. Pastors and principals have shared resources and ideas as a result of the “P2 meetings.” There have been best practice question-and-answer-conversations leading to learning what various congregations and schools are doing to meet needs and to respond to challenges. It has even been beneficial for our church/school leaders to learn once again that many of the challenges they face are rather universal. We pray God’s continued blessing upon the “LEAP P2 Meetings”!
/// LEAP - on the web at LEAP-alliance.com and on Facebook at LEAP-Lutheran Education Advancement Plan ///
Wednesday, December 20th at 6:00 PM &
Sunday, December 24th at 6:00 PM
Sunday, December 3rd.
Registration for 2017-2018
Registration material available in the school office.
Christ Centered Education
The Church Evaluation Surveys are in the narthex. Please find your labeled envelope, fill out the survey and return unfolded to the box in the back of the church no later than Sun., May 21st. Instructions are included in your envelope. You can also be a huge help by delivering surveys to members you see during the week. This will save us from having to mail them.
Why is it important to do this? Your participation in this survey will help us evaluate our ministry by allowing you to offer feedback on how we are doing as a congregation. Your comments will help us to learn what is working well to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ – and help us to see what may be blocking congregational effectiveness and growth. Of course, all your responses will remain anonymous. Your signature is not even required on the survey! The results of the survey will be tabulated and sorted by computer, and our congregation will receive a summarized report of how our people perceive our congregation and its various ministries.
You will also be asked to fill out a quick, four question survey for the next four weeks for every person attending church. Before you enter the church, please fill out the survey (one sheet for each person) and place in the box in the narthex. This is another step in our Church Evaluation prior to the Call process.
This Congregational Self-Study includes interviews (of several of our elected leaders, Church Workers, and paid staff) and seeks information about our past congregational history and current ministries.
Thank you in advance for helping your congregation to prepare and plan for the future by participating in this important ministry project.
Ingersoll Lawn Tractor
The Board of Trustees is currently accepting sealed bids for the sale of our Ingersoll 4020 lawn tractor. Bids will be accepted until Sunday March 11th.
The tractor has 640 hours on it mowing the church grounds. The manual is available here.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Dwight Keinath at (989) 871-3423.