Elder Updates from June 8, 2021 Meeting
Grace and peace from our monthly Session meeting. The session is the name of the gathering of our current elder board. It’s the meeting once a month where the leadership of the church discerns the direction and vision for the church. Over the past 14 months, the elders have spent quite a bit of time and energy navigating the uncertainties connected with the pandemic. I am proud of the work we have done to try and figure out what is best for the congregation in unchartered waters.
Now, as the effects of the pandemic play a significantly smaller role in the day-to-day workings of the church, I am excited to move towards a time where we can spend a greater percentage of our time and energy talking about the ways in which God is calling MPC to be salt and light in the community of Moorpark. Never has there been a greater need for the hope and power of the resurrection of Jesus for a world filled with anxiety, stress and grief.
To that end, we have taken some time to move some of the roles of our elders around. Here are the ways our new class of elders will be serving.
Adult Discipleship – Vera Rhimes
Children’s and Youth Discipleship – Sara Judd
Facilities – Scott Campbell
Communications – Roy Smith
Personnel – Marty Rouse
Finance – Jim Petersen
Digital Worship – Chris Birkelo
Congregational Worship Engagement – Michael Hughes
Stewardship – Mark Van Dam
Missions – Debbie Lee
Women’s Ministry – Amy Krueger
Fellowship – Jan Jue
I am excited to see where God leads us in the coming months. Many thanks to our elders who are rotating off the elder board – Kim Yancey (Children’s Discipleship) and Janet Fredrickson (Adult Discipleship). Their commitment and vigorous work ethic have been a blessing during this last season of the session. I am excited to see where God will lead them to serve next in the church. Pray for Jan Jue and Sara Judd as they transition onto the session and learn about the many ways their gifts will be used for the Kingdom.
And as the summer begins, and we are back in the sanctuary, I hope you’ll come join us for in-person worship at 9:00am. It is so good to be back together and be the church. If you find yourself travelling this summer, I hope you’ll keep up with all the happenings of the church by joining us on Sundays through our livestreamed service.
Finally, with the world getting back to a sense of “normal,” we also wanted to let you know that our church office will be opening back up on Monday, June 14 with new hours of operation. The office will be open Monday through Thursday with hours open from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Our staff will continue to work the same hours as they always have, but our time with the doors “open” has been slightly adjusted. If for some reason you are unable to conduct your church business during those hours, please feel free to reach out and schedule an appointment as we want to meet the needs of the congregation.
Blessings as you travel and adjust to all the new “normals.”
All God’s Best,
Keenan Barber, Senior Pastor, (805) 529-8422 x101