A Son, A Servant, A Steward

Congregational Meeting Report

Congregational Meeting Report

ONCE AGAIN, we were able to utilize technology to host our quarterly congregational meeting. Over 50 people participated virtually and about 25 were present in the sanctuary. We would like to thank Pastor Mike, Nathaniel Pearson, and Jim Knorr for all the work they did behind the scenes to accommodate us during this time. 

While there was not anything to vote on, there was some important information shared with the congregation.

Financial Report: It was reported that our giving compared to last year for the first quarter of the fiscal year was down 15% in the general fund and 30% in the missions’ fund. We are grateful that both funds were able to meet their expenses. The greater concern was expressed for the missions’ fund given that the reserves accumulated at the end of the previous fiscal year were depleted this quarter. The congregation was encouraged to remember our missions fund and designate all gifts for missions as “missions fund.”

COVID Response: We were happy to report that starting next Sunday we will be open to 50% capacity, receiving up to 100 people for Sunday morning service. The following instructions were given:

  • You need to pre-register before attending. Register here.
  • We will continue to social distance, wear masks and usher you to your seat
  • We will use the sanctuary, balcony, and fellowship hall to accommodate 100 people
  • Enter the building through the back doors and registration will be in the hallway leading to the kitchen
  • If you would like to volunteer to be on the rotation for greeters, ushers, or medical team to assist us, please contact Pastor Mike.

Special Rules for Final Vote on the Revised Constitution and Bylaws: It is our goal to vote on the Revised Constitution and Bylaws in April 2021. To ensure both congregational input and an orderly process, the Executive Board has put forward special rules to guide us in this process. The Special Rules were presented at our meeting and will be voted on for approval at our January meeting. 

The Special Rules include:

  • Submitting proposed motions in writing to the bylaw committee by March 1, 2021
  • Any amendment to a motion to amend will be submitted to the clerk in writing during the congregational meeting
  • The maker of the motion will be given 5 minutes to make their point and a representative from the Executive Board will be allowed 5 minutes to respond. Any member of the congregation will be allowed 3 minutes to speak. 
  • At the close of the debate a representative from the Executive Board and the maker of the motion, in that order will be given 2 minutes to speak.

In the meantime, the congregation was encouraged to review the current draft of the constitution and bylaws and to feel free to give their input and suggestions now. They can do so by reaching out to the bylaw committee at

It was also announced that two WEFC Conversations on the Constitution and Bylaws are scheduled for Sunday, November 15, and January 10 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. 

The Members of the Bylaw Committee: Maria Greenslade, Don Jensen, Steve Keller, Steve Peery, and Pastor Scott

A God-Sighting in New England

A God-Sighting in New England

ONE OF MY FAVORITE passages is Matthew 13. In this passage, Jesus tells eight parables of what the kingdom of God is like. They often begin with the introductory phrase, “The kingdom of heaven is like . . .” 

So, what is it like?  What is the kingdom of heaven like? 

One of the big lessons I have learned through these parables is that sometimes the kingdom of heaven doesn’t seem like much. In other words, it doesn’t seem overly visible or overly present. At times, it seems small or quiet or not very present at all. 

But the assurance that Jesus gives us is that even when it seems like it is not much more than “a mustard seed” or a “little bit of leaven” it is very much active and present.  In other words, God is at work whether you see it or not. That we can be sure of. 

Perhaps we resonate with these parables because we live in a very secular part of the country.  The fastest growing group in New England is the “Nones.” The largest percentage of people who don’t affiliate with any religious belief are in New England. For example, Vermont and New Hampshire have as many as 35% of the population who have no religious affiliation at all.

And yet, we keep hearing news of a “quiet revival” taking place in New England. Or, to put it in the words of Matthew 13, “The kingdom of heaven is like...” What is it like? It is like what God is doing in New England!

Here is an article I came across recently that should encourage you.  

It should encourage you to pray for New England and it should encourage you to live as someone who is “sent.” 

God is using people like you and me for gospel influence in this region of the country. God is using churches like WEFC for gospel influence in this region of the country. 

He put another parable before them saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in a field.  It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” 

He told them another parable, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”  Matthew 13:31-33

A Thought About Prayer

A Thought About Prayer

PRAYER IS ONE of the “basic” expressions of our faith. Here is something I was reflecting on this morning regarding prayer.

Reading a portion of a sermon on prayer by Charles Spurgeon, I was struck by the simple fact that Scripture is filled with many commands to pray. Scripture is filled with all kinds of commands, but what is interesting with the command to pray is how often you find this command repeated. 

Providing just a sample of these commands, Spurgeon lists the following: “Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you …You people, pour out your heart before him…Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near…Ask, and it shall be given; seek, and you shall find; knock and the door shall be opened…Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation…Pray without ceasing…Come boldly into the throne of grace…Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you…Continue in prayer.”

What does the sampling of these repeated commands to pray communicate to us? Well, several things. 

  1. The repetition of these commands reveals our tendency to forget our need for prayer. How often we need reminded of this most basic practice of our faith. 

  2. The repetition of this command reminds me of how dependent I am upon God. The lack of prayer is a sign of self-sufficiency. The expression of prayer is recognizing our humble dependence upon God.

  3. The command to pray is really an “invitation” to pray. It is an invitation to relationship with the living God! God is inviting us to draw near to him and the promise is that he will draw near to us. God meets our needs through prayer. God uses us to bring blessing to other through prayer.  Yes, the call to pray is a command. But at the same time, it is an invitation waiting for a daily R.S.V.P.

If you forgot to start your day off with prayer, it is not too late. Pause this very moment and acknowledge God and thank him for his love and for his many blessings in your life. Ask him to fill you with his Spirit so that you might be a source of God’s blessing to others as you serve him where he has placed you today.

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