Message from the Congregation Council
Dear FELC Community,
On Saturday, May 13, the FELC Congregation Council held its annual retreat. One of the main objects of this retreat was to distill the Members to Mission Investors data collected during last November into areas of emphasis for the coming year. We will be using these areas of emphasis as a lens through which to evaluate and further grow our ministries as a church.
Council Liaisons to our ministries will be communicating these areas of emphasis more directly to those who actively participate in these ministries, and we hope that the wider community will feel empowered to provide more input and energy as we move forward.
2017-18 Areas of Emphasis for FELC:
Identify and Clarify Staffing Needs
We currently have an open staff position, the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. While we are very aware of both the immediate and long term implications of this ministry area, we are taking time to evaluate the current programming, as well as the needs and demographics of the community to determine what type of staffing will best meet the needs and resources of First English. There are also areas where the knowledge, skills, and abilities of our current staff can be realigned to respond more effectively to the current environment. For example, new processes for processing payments will require tasks to be carried out by the Administrative Assistant, while old processes, such as publishing a print newsletter, are no longer required.
Strengthening Relationships and Empowering Lay Leadership
We would like to emphasize the importance of intentionally building relationships inside and outside the congregation. This includes listening to one another and seeking each other out in community. Building these relationships will enable us to recognize gifts and skills, and empower people in ways that use these gifts.
Develop Ministry among 20-somethings
The FELC Council has approved developing a proposal to secure grant funding with the 787 Collective for building a ministry geared for 20-somethings – http://www.austinseminary.edu/page.cfm?p=3948. There are needs for this sort of ministry that we believe FELC can address well.
Communication and organization
One of the most valuable “perks” of serving on the FELC Congregation Council is learning the depth and breadth of the work that the FELC Community is doing in service to our neighbors. We can do a better job as a Council communicating back to the FELC Community about this. For example:
· our Congregational Care ministry is doing wonderful work with folks who are not always able to make it to church on Sundays,
· our Property ministry does a lot of behind-the-scenes work that shouldn’t be taken for granted,
· the Child Developement Center is doing amazing work with 62 children that is worth celebrating more.
We want to focus on how we communicate who we are and what we do to our neighbors across the street, across Austin, or across the world.
Council Liaisons to ministry teams will be sharing these areas of emphasis with each team and are eager to hear more ideas from these teams to work on more concrete ways to work toward these emphases this year. If you are inspired by one of these emphases, please share your idea, time, and talent with one of the following people:
Contact: Barbara Wiederaenders
Council Liaison: Barbara Wiederaenders
Contact: Judy Moltz
Council Liaison: Margaret Bruesch
Contact: Jackie Chuter
Council Liaison: Jackie Chuter
Witness Ministry – Invitation
Contact: Andy MacLaren
Council Liaison: Liz West
Witness Ministry – Stewardship
Contact: Travis Fitzgold
Council Liaison: Randy Baden
Service Ministry – Child Development Center
Contact: Elizabeth Bangs
Council Liaison: Betsy Appleton
Service Ministry – Hospitality
Contact: Merle Franke and Heidi Goebel
Council Liaison: David Klumpp
Service Ministry – Micah 6
Contact: Sarah Roberts
Council Liaison: Michael Coffey
Support Ministry – Finance
Contact: Joe Cain
Council Liaison: Andy Petras
Support Ministry – Property
Contact: Allen Jensen
Council Liaison: Tim Atkinson
Vicar Support Team
Contact: Nancy Neuse
Council Liaison: Penny Baker
The Congregation Council is grateful to all in the community who took the time to respond and provide input in the Members to Mission Investors process last fall, and is excited to see where this will take FELC in the months and years to come.
Please communicate your excitement, ideas, and concerns regarding how you see these areas of emphasis living in our ministries to the ministry contacts and council liaisons listed above.
First English Evangelical Lutheran Church Congregation Council
Betsy Appleton, president; Renee Carlson, vice-president; Dawn Wetzel, secretary; Monica Lund, treasurer; Terry Porter, financial secretary.
Members: Tim Atkinson (property), Randy Baden (stewardship), Penny Baker (vicar), Margaret Bruesch (worship), Jackie Chuter (learning), David Klumpp (hospitality), Andy Petras (finance), Liz West (invitation), Barbara Wiederaenders (care)