Our delegation has returned from this year's Gathering in Minnesota with hope and anticipation of fruitful responses from our Pastoral Call Breakout Sessions. We are all tired but had a great trip and made many new friends with pastors and fellow LCMC congregations. It was a sight to behold and we hope that other members can make the journey to next year's Gathering in Iowa.
We have received responses from our efforts at the Gathering and the call committee has started to review perspective pastors resumes and complete background checks. When cleared, the Call committee will attempt to schedule them to visit our church and lead our service for a Sunday. We are trying to get all of the visits in by the end of the year but that could change with the candidates availability during the holiday season. Maybe a second round of candidates is in order to more fully round out our selection pool, giving us a better chance for a closer fit for us. God willing.
We have a visiting Call Pastor coming in to preach. She found us at the Gathering in October and has responded to our call. Please join us to welcome her to PA. Stay after church for a Meet and Greet with finger food and drinks. All are welcome.
On this day the congregation voted to call Pr Hagen. On Monday the council contacted her and offered our tentative call package. Tentative in that the congregation needs to ratifier it in the Special Congregational Meeting of January 7th, 2018. It will then be sent to Pr Hagen for her official acceptance. With GOD's will, happy days are here again!