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Call Committee "Question of the Day"

Sunday, November 12th

"What are St. Pauls Current Programs for mission and ministry?"

"Looking forward, what missions and ministries would you like to see at St. Paul?"

 

Previous Weeks Questions and Answers

List 3 ways that the Jefferson Community has or had been challenged by the change/transition in the past 5 years.

 

  •  There has been much inward focus in the three churches, there has been a tendency to share church business in the community.  Gossips and hurtful comments are not helpful.  There has been a tendency to put ourselves and what we want before God and how to share God’s love in the community and beyond.
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  • Attendance Fall Off – Big, big difference
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  • New living room communities needing outreach, a more diverse, less agricultural centered community, increased traffic
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  • Population in Jefferson has grown and is still growing but the church congregation has gotten smaller.  With the growth of Jefferson, there are a lot of kids but no youth program or attempt to bring youth in to the church.
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  • Turnover in pastors, development/growth at end of town, growth of non-denominational churches.
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  • With new development comes new people who don’t know who we are at St. Paul and what we do.  Must find way to reach them!  We were 2 vibrant growing/active congregations that have gone in the wrong direction in the past 5 years, must heal our own hurts 2nd.
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  • Changing population, joint service among 3 churches
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  • Turnover of pastors in all churches, increase in population but not seen in church attendance, joint church services and projects have disappeared, new churches in area with new approaches.
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  • Youth group has significantly diminished from a large group to very small with big age difference, more people moving into the community, division among church members, no seeing improvement
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  • Construction, new cultures/languages, businesses leaving.  All are challenges and opportunities.
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  • Turn things around and start reaching outward again.
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  • Fewer families with children, long time families left for other churches
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  • The first stop light in town, Streetscape is coming, the farms are now houses.
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  • Changing demographics and population, all local churches seem to struggle with changes somewhat, millennials are growing up!  They have different expectations in terms of engagement than prior generations.
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  • New communities, changing population demographics, getting younger
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  • Reduced sense of attachment to the larger community, economic shifts that make getting started after college/VOC school harder, volunteerism down
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  • 5in Jefferson, no JEM activities, more groups using the church

 

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St. Paul Lutheran Church Inclement Weather Policy

Beginning Sunday November 5th

Praise Service at 8:00AM

Modern Worship at 9:15 AM

Sunday School at 10:00 AM

Traditional Worship at 11:00 AM

 

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