Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New ELCA In the SCV!

It was a wonderful meeting last night with Bishop Nelson and Pastor Tan from the ELCA synod leading a fruitful discussion towards seeding a new congregation in the Santa Clarita Valley. With some well selected scripture and thoughtful prayer to begin, Bishop Nelson candidly informed us of our options as a gathering group of Christians, gave us the business side of running a church, an overview of the processes ahead. He then introduced Pastor George Tan, Director of Evangelical Ministries who will be working with the steering committee, a wonderfully enthusiastic speaker.

A steering committee was selected as was a facilities committee. There were talented musicians and teachers of all age groups present, expressing desire to actively participate in running the educational programs.

Questions from the gathering ranged from practical - expected costs and funding sources - to simple outpourings of pain. There is still much healing needed for many. While it was rightly called out that we need to move ahead, we also need to help those forward from where they are. Talking about it does help everyone realize they weren't the only ones to feel as they did and there is peace in that.

With 50 people present and at least that many again of family members and others that couldn't be there, there is no doubt that this is a viable congregation, moved to gather and serve in God's name.

Amazing times. Amazing God. Give Thanks.


Blogger Lily said...

Congrats on your new congregation...reminds me of Matthew 18:20...

"For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them."

I read your blog often. thanks so much for your blog.



2/27/2010 6:40 PM  
Blogger Christian Democrat said...

Thanks, Lily, for your kind words! I am glad to not have much to write about of late, but will add more as needed.

Peace be with you!


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