We extend a warm welcome to Pastor Mary Peschauer and Heather Roth Johnson to Faith this weekend. As one way to further our vision toward a more collaborative and integrated ministry, Pastor Mary and Heather will share with us a creative approach to worship and learning that they established at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
At Bethlehem they designed an alignment process in planning and implementation that brought greater clarity to the weekly message and learning time. This “One Story Integrated Approach” gave focus to one biblical story for all ages each week so the congregation could further live into the message the rest of the week. This approach is very much in line with our recent efforts toward intergenerational ministry.
Pastor Mary will be preaching and Heather will be leading a Story Time for our children at all three services this weekend. Be sure to be present too for Adult Sunday School as they will guide our conversation about this approach. They will also direct a retreat for staff and leadership on Sunday afternoon as they further share their experiences and ideas for creative collaboration for all our ministry areas.
Two weeks ago Pastor Mary was with us to observe our ministry context. She spent time learning from staff and sharing her ideas. Her insights into processes that strengthen connecting, collaborating, communicating and creativity were very helpful and gave us much to think about. I was grateful for this time as we continue to give attention to shaping staff and congregation as a community in mission.