Average Briefs will be posted when I have several thoughts, yet lack the stamina or depth to make anything a single piece at this time. These briefs also offer me a list of possible topics on which I can elaborate at a later date.
+ I am deeply thankful for my wife, Melanie's contribution to worship Sunday, November 8th. This point may make it to be a full post--we are a clergy couple and have never served as pastors in the same congregation. It was fun to work with her yesterday, and she delivered an articulate, faithful, and educational Gospel message. I am still in awe of the experience yesterday.
+ My dog, Hunter, is in failing health. He is the first pet I've ever had. He was a gift for my 30th birthday, and he is a gift. Transitions are tough, and one with a pet is no different.
+ Remember that Pledge Sunday is this coming Sunday, November 15th. If you have not received a pledge card or need a new one, please let me know. Bring your pledge cards to place on the altar during worship. You may still drop off or mail a pledge in if you will not be in worship on the 15th. Thank you for your giving to the life of the church.
+ Melanie does not create manuscripts for her sermons (which is also my practice), but she does do some writing that may be helpful for review. I know that some folks like to have sermons available on the blog, so I will post those notes soon.
+ The annual Port Orchard community Thanksgiving Eve service will take place at FLCC on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 at 7pm, followed by a pie fellowship and auction, with offerings and proceeds directed toward local food ministries. I will be preaching that evening. Participating congregations include Elim Lutheran, Spirit of Life Lutheran, St. Bede's Episcopal, and FLCC.
+ I have spent some time recently reflecting on concerns about declining attendance at the 11am worship service. 8am remains consistent and faithful, 930 is lively and responsive, but I am working with the staff and some volunteers regarding ideas to build up the 11am worship service. It is a wonderful gathering, but a gathering in need of imagination. I'm not at the point where I can elaborate on any particular idea, but know that the Holy Spirit is active in the congregation and community. We are listening to where God might be leading First Lutheran Community Church, its worship life and its connection to the community. If you would like to share a conversation about 11am worship service, please let me know.
+ The FLCC office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day.
+ I recently picked up a book, "Boards That Make A Difference: A New Design For Leadership In Non Profit And Public Organizations," by John Carver. The "Carver Method" is a significant inspiration in congregational governance for First Lutheran Community Church. I have never worked with The Carver Method, and I believe I need to know more about form and function at FLCC. I look forward to learning more.