As you know, Gethsemane is in a time of self-study as we prayerfully discern God’s call into the future. The Transition Team is working hard at gathering information from as many people as possible and continues to encourage people of all ages to complete and return the Congregation Survey by Sunday, May 12. Responses may be mailed to the church or placed in the blue box in the Narthex. This Survey is being used to gather input on the strengths, weaknesses, priorities, and challenges of our congregation. Thank you to everyone who has already completed and returned the Congregation Survey.
On Sunday, May 19, after worship, the Transition Team will present the top eleven priorities identified in the survey during a Table Conversation gathering. At this time we will

work towards a consensus of our top priorities. The Transition Team will use this information to write up a final report for the council. The

findings from this report will then be used to create a Ministry Site Profile (MSP) for Gethsemane.

“The Ministry Site Profile (MSP) is a document that, once compiled, reflects congregational history, current structures and staffing patterns, hopes for the future, mission direction, demographic data about the community, and the gifts for leadership being sought by the congregation.” (from ELCA website) Preparing the Ministry Site Profile will help Gethsemane discover its own identity and be able to share that identity and mission and purpose with others.
This interim time, this transition time, is a time of excitement but also comes with a bit of anxiety as we grieve what we have lost and at the same time move forward into the unknown.
We don’t know what the future holds, what the church might look like in the future, what Gethsemane might look like in the future, but we do know that we are led by the Holy Spirit and Jesus is walking with us step by step. And we will do what we can to prayerfully listen to where God is leading us.
Peace,
Kari Olson
Interim Synodically Authorized Minister