At the Annual Meeting, the congregation adopted the next long range plan priorities. These priorities come after much discussion and reflection on the Vitality Survey that kicked off this process. Thank you to the long range planning committee and all of you for thoughtfully and prayerfully considering these priorities. This plan will shape and focus our ministry in all areas as we live out our mission of Making believers, Growing disciples, Developing leaders.

We also took some steps to implement parts of the plan as we added a committee and changed the names of a couple committees to better reflect their work and ministry. We are a vital and strong community of faith and we will continue to be so in the future. I encourage you to think about how you might get involved in the ministry of the church that you might deepen your faith and build relationships and friendships with others and that you might serve those in need.

One part of the plan that was accelerated was getting a new boiler — part of the infrastructure of this place of ministry. We intended, and still do, to develop a plan so that we are able to meet the needs that arise from an aging building. We plan to work so that we are in a position to replace items as needed. But one of our boilers sprung a leak that was beyond repair and so we had to replace it. We have funds in our Berg Fund — that reserve fund we have so we don’t need a line of credit at the bank — to cover the cost, but we would like to replenish that fund which helps us to meet general fund needs during the ebb and flow of giving during the year.If you would like to make a special gift to the boiler, it is greatly appreciated.

Lent begins on February 26 this year. We will have an Ash Wednesday service with communion and imposition of ashes on that evening at 6:30 pm.Supper is served at 5:30 pm.

The following Wednesday during lent will focus on the covenant of baptism which we affirm at confirmation: to live among God’s people (community), to hear God’s word and share in his supper (worship), to proclaim the Good News of Christ (evangelism), to serve all people (mission), and to strive for justice and peace (live the kingdom). These five spiritual practices inform and shape our life of faith. We’ll hear from members of Grace about what these mean to them.Holden Evening prayer will be at 6:30 pm with supper before at 5:30. I hope you are able to join your fellow members on the Lenten journey.

Blessings on your February! Pastor Siri Sorenson