Continued Prayer for the “Congregational Vitality Process” Pathway - We recognize that it is the Holy Spirit who awakens the church for mission and we pray that we will be open to what the Spirit is saying to our church.
Pray for the Vitality Team - Pastor Todd, Pastor Brian, Jeff Carow, Tom Nelson, Steve Schalla, Krista Majerus, Tom Nelson, Robert and Lindsey Curtis, Melissa Falde, Chris Mueller, and Pat Stevens serve on this team. The team met on July 13th and will meet again on August 10th.
Seeking Response from Whole Congregation – We are continuously looking for feedback and are preparing an survey (online and paper) to gain insight from members and regular attendees. We are hoping to receive a fruitful compilation of responses.
Relational Covenant – That we would integrate the covenant into the normal and natural life of the church, as it is a physical reminder that the way we relate to each other in Christian love is a powerful witness. Read about it here.
Biblical Story Workshop – 25 people attended the workshop to discern that Joshua 1:1-11(Preparing to cross the Jordan River) best represents our church and will be used as a frame of reference throughout the Pathway process. The Holy Spirit was alive and moving through the fellowship and successful journey to seek this powerful bible story. Read about the time here.
Prayer Team – A Root Beer Float Social will be held August 16, 6:30-8pm, to enjoy fellowship together and to meet members of the Vitality Team. We will have a time for prayer and a sweet summer treat! Anyone interested in lifting the church up in prayer and enjoying social time is welcome to attend! The prayer warriors that have committed to keeping the Vitality Pathway process covered with intentional prayer are: Bob Hoaglund, Bill and Jean Hickox, Linda (Steve) Johnson, Tina Hull, Sandy Payfer, Jake Jacobs, Danielle Ertsgaard, Angie Branum, Bob and Deb Gilbertson and Joy St. John. They are receiving monthly prayer points. The Clarion also lists these points and we hope everyone will partner with the members of this team.
Communicate – Three Vitality Team-related blogs were posted on the website in June, along with updates in the Clarion to freely communicate the Vitality Pathway with the church. Please subscribe to the church blog (on the right side at www.rfcov.org/blog) to have up-to-date information sent directly to your in-box or follow atwww.rfcov.org/category/vitality-pathway/.
Internal Profile – A quick assessment of the resources within the church was analyzed. The estimated average age of members/regular attendants was: 47 years old. The two largest age groups of the church are: 30-39 and 60-69. Of the 335 adult to youth, 57% are serving within the congregation!
External Profile – The team is interviewing church members who are involved in various ways in the community, asking: “What do you see as the needs of our community?” and “How do you think our church could help with those needs?” The mission field is all around us and God has strategically placed people in our church to help meet these needs.
FirstCov History – There is interest in planning for the future 125th Anniversary (in 2019) of our church, as well as the 25th Anniversary of being at the Main Street location. The anniversary booklet history is currently being updated from 1894-current.
Praise –This past month Pastor Brian received his Ordination to Word and Sacrament. His call to this ministry has brought about blessings and encouragement to him and his family, as well as a witnessing of a strong support from the church. Congratulations to Pastor Brian!