Dear Church Family,
It’s that most wonderful time of the year!
The time when the air starts to get a little crisp (eventually), messages are flying around as people make plans, and there is a kind of hushed, barely-concealed anticipation until the big day arrives.
Yes–it’s Charge Conference season!
This year, in addition to Pleasant Prairie, we will also be conducting our Charge Conference with our brothers and sisters from Wilmot UMC. Charge Conference is scheduled for Sunday, December 5, at 1 p.m., so please mark your calendars. At this moment it is planned to be an in-person meeting at Salem, and I don’t anticipate that changing unless COVID has some more unpleasant surprises for us.
If you are a committee chair, or otherwise responsible for paperwork connected to Charge Conference, you are already aware of the forms that need to be done; if you’re on a committee, you may be asked to help recall or provide information that will help with the completion of the forms.
We have a number of anticipated openings coming up for 2022—and I know “a number” is pretty vague, but I haven’t yet sat down and determined exactly how many there will be. I do know it is more than we would usually have in any given year due to scheduled turnover. The practical impact of that is that we will be reaching out to more people than usual to fill these spots with their gifts, expertise, and energy.
Over the next week or two, I invite you to take some time—prayerful time—to reflect on your own particular gifts and talents, and where they would fit into the complex web of activities that make up a living, functional church. If you’re not exactly sure what they are, you can take this inventory to help you: https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/spiritual-gifts-inventory/en (Spoiler alert: you may be surprised by what you find—I know I was, many years ago.)
In a couple of weeks, you will be receiving a description of what committee openings we will have in 2022. Please consider what you have discerned about your own gifts while you review this list, and respond to let us know how you are interested in serving. We really do need your help to keep the church moving forward in service to our neighbors, the larger community—and one another.
Thanks—and see you in church!
(Earlier A Word from the Pastor messages may be found in Newsletters.)