JOIN US on Rally Sunday, September 10
After our 9 a.m. Worship service, we will be hosting a reception welcoming Pastor Bob!
Join us to enjoy the fellowship, eat some cake and introduce yourself!
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Well, you haven’t kicked me out yet! As most of you know, I started as the interim pastor at PLC on Sunday, July 30. I’ve been grateful for terrific support I’ve gotten from council president Kevin Hintzman, administrative assistant Kate Donicht, and custodian Nancy Wold, just to name a few of the folks that have assisted me these last few weeks.
There are a few things I’d like to mention concerning my role here at PLC. First, my focus is on my pastoral duties. I am grateful that I can help maintain the spiritual care and health of the congregation during this time of transition.
Second, I am not here to make changes. Yes, I will tweak the worship services to fit my style, but I will respect what God is currently doing here through PLC’s various ministries. I will be glad to be a sounding board for important issues, and suggest that if you discuss something with me that you also bring some alternatives that would remedy the situation of concern. Whatever the problem, please strive to be part of the solution.
Third, I welcome feedback, as I said in the paragraph above. As the interim pastor, my goal is to bring objectivity to the call process. I will strive to perceive the call process (1) through the eyes of potential pastoral candidates and (2) PLC members with legitimate concerns and expectations for PLC.
Fourth, please pray for PLC’s leadership during this time of transition. That includes the church council, the transition team, the call committee, and our synod staff. They will be committing many hours as they endeavor to do what’s best for PLC.
Finally, I will be in the church office Tuesday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will be taking Mondays off. I will make a good effort to inform Kate, our administrative assistant, as to my whereabouts on weekdays when I’m out of the office. My cell number is 715.308.1681.
I am eager to work with all of you, and I pray that each of us desires what is best for the PLC church family and the local community we serve. May we be mindful of the messages of two passages of Scripture:
Luke 14:11: Jesus said: Those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be made great.
Matthew 5:14-16: Jesus said: You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead it is put on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.
Pastor Bob Friese
RALLY SUNDAY, September 10th We will kick off our sunday school year.
Come meet the teachers and celebrate Noah's Arc! We are still in need of a couple Sunday School Teachers.
If you are interested, please contact Pastor Bob.