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Welcome to August!
It is August in the northland, time to get outside and revel in the last full month of summer. I’m planning a week-long trip to the Boundary Waters this month, with my sister and brother-in-law. Hopefully the mosquitoes won’t be too bad after all the rain we’ve had.
The rain had another not-so-good effect on my summer. I was doing dishes at my sink looking into the back yard when I heard a crack, a flash and tree branches brushed past the window. I looked out in my backyard and my gazebo had been flattened! There was a two-foot-diameter log lying in my backyard. I have insurance, but it will still be a lot of work to get things back to normal. We may even have to take down the rest of the tree by sky crane over the top of the house.
I have a lot of ups and downs in my personal life and there are a lot of ups and downs in Zion’s life, too. We had to pause paying down the line of credit this summer to pay for the new air conditioner, but we had 20 kids in Preschool VBS, twice the number we had last year! There have been kids in church every week at Zion this summer and many churches I’ve been in hardly see kids from May to September. It is good to see and is such fun!
What’s in store for Zion this fall? A chance to nearly pay off the line of credit and the Profile Committee will finish its work. Before the committee finishes its work, however, there will be several chances for members to participate in the creation of our church “resume,” the ministry site profile or (MSP) and let folks know what sort of pastor they want. There is much work this fall rebuilding committees and launching a stewardship campaign, and the Pastoral Call Committee is yet to be formed. Before that can happen, the stewardship campaign and MSP have to be finished, and the MSP has to be approved by both the Synod and the Church Council.
A few people have expressed concerns that the call process is not moving fast enough. I disagree. There are enough tasks at hand that to do them all well requires taking a bit longer. The healthier the church is, the lower the debt, the happier the congregation is with Zion’s ministry right now, the easier it will be to get a pastor. Until then, we plug along until all the tasks are done. Zion is a great church and will be even greater under the next pastor.
People sometimes ask me how long an interim is. Well, my interims have ranged from three months to two years, with the best results at 10-12 months. 10-12 months for Zion would be January to March 2020. We are right on track for that. Until then…
… endurance produces character and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us. (Romans 5:4-5)


Blessings, Pastor Glen  



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