#MilesAndMiles is the theme of February and will continue into March. Myself and my staff spending time across our territory. Saturday I presented the keynote at the ALOA (Adult Lutherans Organized for Action) senior fest. Grateful for the hospitality of Resurrection, Plano. We talked about how our faith compels us to action from the saving word of Jesus Christ.
My associate the Rev. Kris Totzke was busy Saturday in Bosque County working with our communities there. Talking about their past (these are some of our most historic congregations) as well as their future. It was a good conversation as we continue to grow trust in one another and respect for the history and future of these communities. As much as I appreciate Zoom and the technology that brings I am so very grateful for when we can be physically present with one another.
Part of this need for presence is to be aware of one another. We were surprised in the office to receive word that the small community at Faith, Meridian (in Bosque County) had voted to end their ministry. We always appreciate being apprised of these conversations in a community as my staff and I can help in discernment. But we respect our communities and I was grateful Pastor Totzke could be present for their final service which also included a baptism. Resurrection in the midst of faithful decisions to end a parish ministry. Holy moments.
Sunday morning found me avoiding the Cowtown Marathon traffic to be at Rejoice, Coppell to preside over the worship as their pastor, the Rev. Ernie Hinojosa was leading trainings for pastors in Baltimore. I was privileged to hear from their ministry coordinator who preached a good word about about how we are all called to serve. It was a wonderful morning with three different worship offerings done in unique styles and all with excellence.
We are called to a diverse and challenging context. But we do this #InMissionTogether and as #NTNL. We are synod, together in mission. Monday our DEM the Rev. Irma Banales has drawn together a conference of ELCA leaders to talk about how establised congregations can work with existing and also plant new communities to expand our mission. I am excited about this “Anchor Church” conference at Calvary, Richland Hills. Tuesday night I fly to Chicago for Seminary assignment and conference of bishops. Looking forward to that work as well.