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Holy Trinity’s Council President will update our congregation on the past, present, and future of our church, as well as discussing matters from the Church Council’s monthly meeting.
Our 2017 Council President is Martha Belanger.
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The Call Committee has had two very good interviews via video conference with the most recent candidate presented to us by the Synod for our pastoral vacancy. The candidate has accepted our invitation to take the next step and visit us in New Hampshire. As mentioned previously, the candidate is presently serving a congregation in the Midwest. Fortunately, we were able to schedule his visit fairly quickly and he and his wife will travel to New Hampshire three weeks from now to meet with the Call Committee and explore the area.
In addition, the candidate will lead worship and preach on the Sunday he is here at an area Lutheran Church that has agreed to serve as host. It is no small feat to coordinate the schedules of a busy Pastor, all members of the Call Committee and find an area church to serve as host in a short amount of time. We are very thankful for the help and cooperation from many people to help schedule the visit. We will provide additional updates as we advance in the process with this new candidate. As always, please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for keeping Holy Trinity and the call process in your prayers.
On behalf of the Call Committee
I am happy to report that last Friday the Synod presented us with a new candidate for our pastoral vacancy. The candidate is presently serving a congregation in the Midwest so the Call Committee will conduct its initial interview by way of video conference. We are grateful to the Synod for continuing to send us experienced candidates whom they believe could be a good fit for Holy Trinity. We will provide additional updates as we advance in the process with this new candidate. Thank you for keeping Holy Trinity and the call process in your prayers.
Earlier this summer the Call Committee reported to the congregation that the Synod had presented us with a new candidate for our pastoral vacancy. We were scheduled to interview the candidate later this month. We have recently learned that this candidate has advanced in the call process with another congregation and, therefore, has withdrawn from consideration at Holy Trinity. As you may recall, the Synod now allows pastors and congregations to participate in multiple call opportunities at the same time. When a candidate advances past a call committee to church council however, that candidate is required to withdraw from all other locations. This new process has advantages and disadvantages for pastors and congregations and, we have experienced both.
I have spoken separately with Bishop Hazelwood and Pastor Tim Roser, Associate to the Bishop. They both assured me that they are doing everything they can to present Holy Trinity with additional candidates. The Bishop shared, as he had when he met with our congregation, that the demand for experienced pastors is high as a result of a large number of retirements within the clergy ranks. Like Holy Trinity, a number of congregations within the New England Synod are in the call process.
Many of us hoped that by this time we would be welcoming a new pastor. It is challenging, and at times frustrating, to remain patient and hopeful. We are blessed however, to have the strong and dedicated leadership of Pastor George, Pastor Grace the Council and many members. The work of the church and God’s people does stop and start with the departure and arrival of a pastor. Thank you for remaining faithful.
Please continue to keep Holy Trinity in your prayers. As always, please let us know if you have any questions, suggestions or would just like to talk. As soon as we are presented with a new candidate(s) , we will let you know.
On behalf of the Call Committee
Summer is going by way too fast. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to keep it around a little longer. Although we have been enjoying the outdoors and all the wonderful things nature has to offer the church has not slowed down.
July was very busy and August is proving to be just as busy as July. In July we were able to hold a council retreat. As a group we spent a Saturday morning going over goals and looking to the future. The day after the retreat Vacation Bible School started and was quite a success. For any of you who were able to come to VBS or the Wednesday night service it was great to see all the children and adults having fun.
Even though Pastor George is on vacation, Council continued their meetings and trying to organize things for the upcoming year. Rally Day and God’s Work Our Hands will be held on September 10. The new Faith Formation schedule starts on the 17th. There are lots of things planned for all ages. Don’t forget to check out the calendar and see what is coming up. You just might want to attend one of the activities. Beside all the regular team meetings call committee will be meeting the end of the month.
So even though we are trying to enjoy summer and waiting patiently for a new pastor we are continuing to do God’s work.
You also must be patient. Keep your hopes high, for the day of the Lord’s coming is near. (James 5:8)
A good motto for Holy Trinity: ” We must be patient, keep our hopes high and the day that a new pastor will arrive is coming. Hopefully that day is near but we must be patient and keep up the good work.”
Have a great rest of the summer and a relaxing and safe Labor Day. Don’t forget on the 10th we will go back to two services.
As I left church the other night, after spending four hours on council business, I got into the car and turned on the radio to The Byrds singing “Turn, Turn, Turn”. How appropriate, we had just had a wonderful devotion on patience and now this song was singing to me Ecclesiastes 3, telling me “There is time for everything”. I guess that drive home was my time to reflect on the day and all that we had discussed.
The summer may be slow for some people, but church business continues, at least council business.
The Call Committee is setting up a meeting with the new candidate that the synod has sent. It may take us awhile between vacations and summer activities, but we have not abandoned our job. It is just a struggle juggling all of our schedules.
Some of you may have noticed that we now have two signs directing us to the church. One is behind Walmart and the other is on the entrance into the mall by Texas Roadhouse. Both have the church’s name and an arrow showing you how to find us. Thanks go to Joan Bauer for all her hard work on these signs. Hopefully they will help more people find us.
So, may we all have patience and wait for our time. May our time come soon enough when a new Pastor will walk through our doors. Right now, it is our time to search and I know our time to give up the search will come when we have found the right pastor.
May all your travels be safe and bring you back to your Holy Trinity Family.
Just to keep everyone updated on the Call Committee, there is not much news to report. We're anxiously awaiting some new candidates from the Synod and we're ready to get back to work.
We are also filling a position on the call committee as one member has left. The other members are all committed and will remain on the committee. Hopefully their work will be done soon. Please continue to keep the call committee and all of our Holy Trinity Family in your prayers. Safe travels for the summer season.
I would like to update everyone on our call process.
The call committee had narrowed the candidates down to oneand recommended that candidate to council. Council worked hard to come to an agreement with the candidate. We offered him a very fair and substantial financial package. Even though he loved our church and would love to come he declined. Synod is now working to get us other candidates and hopefully we will be interviewing them soon. I know this is a disappointment to all of us but we must trust God and know he has a plan for Holy Trinity. Thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement as we all go through this time of transition Martha Belanger
Spring is finally here and summer isn’t far behind. Just like the weather Holy Trinity is constantly changing. As we heard from Mark Beliveau the call committee is focused on one candidate. That is good news for us all, let’s continue our prayers that things work out and the Holy Spirit moves us to accept this candidate and that the candidate accepts us.
Faith formation has come up with a new plan for the fall. Don’t forget to check it out. I am sure it has something for everyone. This coming Sunday is Sundae Sunday. Please come and enjoy some ice cream and sign up to volunteer. There is a place for everyone somewhere. So many people plan these events and activities but they can’t happen unless others help and we attend. There will also be a car show that should be fun. Don’t forget the church picnic and annual meeting on June 11th.
Pastor George is also organizing a group of people to discuss how we can make the church a safe and welcoming place for everyone. If you would like to be a part of this group please contact him.
So as you see we are busy at Holy Trinity. Please make sure that you get to come to as many events as you can. It is a blessing to see each and every one of you.
Keep cool and enjoy the warm sun. Tomorrow you might need a sweater. Thanks again for all your kind words of encouragement and prayers.
Hopefully the weather that we have experienced in the last few days means that Spring has arrived.
I think we are all ready to put away the snow shovels and take out the rakes.
Things here at Holy Trinity are moving along. The organ fund is doing great and it won’t be too long before we are ordering our organ and listening to the beautiful music Jonathan will be playing for us on it.
The Call Committee is doing a great job too! They have been very busy and continue to interview and meet with each candidate. It may seem like a long process and at times I will say it seems like a daunting experience to those on the Call Committee too. The Lutheran call process is unique because it is an effort to discern what God wants for us here at the local church and for the whole church, in order that the Gospel may be proclaimed and the sacraments administered in accordance with the Gospel. The foremost question for the Call Committee always is whether this is the person God is calling to this congregation to have as its pastor. Every meeting we include prayer for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the work that we are doing. We also are grateful for all the prayers from the congregation. We were given four candidates by the Synod. We will continue in the process of interviewing and observing them lead worship and preach. Only if the Holy Spirit guides us will we recommend one to council and the congregation. Being on the Call Committee is a very important task, maybe even the most important thing that one can do as a member of the church. It allows one to experience firsthand how the Holy Spirit works through committed Christians to help the church be faithful to its calling. As a member of the Call Committee we are given the opportunity to see how the local church is vitally connected to the whole church. It is also letting us participate in opening a new chapter in the life and ministry of Holy Trinity. I want to thank each and every one for your prayers and words of encouragement to the Call Committee. Also, thanks for your patience and understanding as we work through this process.
As grateful as I will be to be recommending a candidate to council I will be even more grateful that the Holy Spirit has moved us to do so.
May you all have a Blessed Easter!
"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor." Ecclesiastes 4:9 •
We have seen how teamwork brought the Patriots to victory and we can see how teamwork is currently accomplishing so many things at Holy Trinity. It is such a blessing to see how many of our members work together, doubling their strength and accomplishing much more than as individuals. They also reap the value of having worked in unison, thus creating harmony instead of disorder.
Throughout the call process we have seen many volunteers working on various teams to get us to the point of calling a pastor. We have also seen many other volunteers who keep working hard on our other ministry teams. Everyone is working towards the same victory to keep our church functioning, whether it is the counters, coffee group, faith formation, worship committee, etc. We are all working hard. But in the background we have all the fans cheering us on. We may not be wearing team apparel or cheering at a game but we are cheering in our own private way. No matter if we say “Good Job” or “Thank you” or a silent prayer for the teams, we are cheering on our team and we are headed to victory soon. A new pastor is coming and this will make us all give a sigh of relief. Yes, it will be good, but remember the new pastor will lead us and guide us, and we still need to continue the teamwork. Just like Holy Trinity, our new pastor needs people to work together because two are better than one.
Martha Belanger, Council President