Last Saturday from 3:00-4:30 P.M. the long range planning committee looked at the goals we had set in the past 3 years and how we did to meet those goals. They also looked at potential ideas for staffing in the next few years.
Here are Goals That Were Met with our 3 year picture from 2017:
1) Call a part-time pastor to aid in ministry. Pastor Dale was called to serve 10 hours a week from September-May. He conducts 3 Bible studies a week at our Independent Living Homes, helps with calls to the sick when needed, and oversees the 466A group, Single Ministry, Caregiver Support Group, and BOB.
2) Enhance use of technology in worship. We used technology in our Saturday worship services in the Fellowship hall from January to April 2018.
3) Expand music ministry. We now have a handbell choir that plays regularly in our worship services.
4) Reach out to New Residents. We send out an oversized postcard with church info on it to new residents around our church. We have a service that does this from outreach.com
5) Establish a Church library. We have a lovely church library in our Welcome Center - please feel free to check out books
6) Serve Independent Living Homes. We are actively serving 4 out of 5 independent living homes around our church.
7) Expand Small Group Ministry. We now have 28 small groups at Open Bible. Our newest are "The Daniel Plan", and "BOB"(Band of Brothers) See our brochure at the Welcome Center if you are wondering what all the groups are.
8) Explore child care. We have a Mornings With Mommy program running from September through May.
Here are Goals That Were Not Met in past 3 years:
1) Be completely debt free (we still have debt of $290,000 on our original building. However, our new expansion and improvements are completely paid off.
2) Grow worship to 200 a week. Our average attendance when you include all Sundays, including the winter months is 146.
3) Increase to 3 weekly services (We have two services in the winter months presently)
Gerry Hughes, our Long Range Planning coordinator commented,
"If a congregation is doing all it can to share the Gospel, then numbers don't matter. The spiritual reality is that a congregation can be growing but still be unhealthy. Conversely, a healthy congregation may be in decline. What determines health? Not numbers, but the presence and faithful use of the life-saving eternity-changing Gospel."
----------------------------- Top Choir In The Villages To Sing At Open Bible On a Wednesday night from 6:05 to 7:15 P.M., a respected and tremendously talented choir practices in the Open Bible choir room. These singers are under the direction of Judy Hainen. Judy runs a tight ship, but these singers of God's praises know how to enjoy themselves as well. I often here laughter coming out of this small side room. We give thanks to God for this dedicated group of individuals who regularly sing God's praises in our Sunday worship services. Next week I hope to give you a picture of our Handbell choir which regularly practices on Sundays at 11:00 A.M.
An old Schwan Ice Cream truck...who remembers Schwan's?
Open Bible Reaches Out at The Willows
Open Bible is setting up a table at The Willows on Saturday from 8:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. for their yard sale. The cost of our table is $15.00. All proceeds from the cost to set up tables will go to the Alzheimer's Family Organization. Alan Johnson is our Elder who is overseeing this outreach effort. We will be having a drawing for a couple Quilts made by the Open Bible Quilters, as well as giving out Open Bible pens, golf tee packets with business card, key chains, and Bibles. Thank you to Julian Anderson, who translated the Greek New Testament into everyday American English. His NT Bible has been circulated throughout the United States in prisons by a grant from the Schwan foundation. Marvin Schwan and his brother Robert have given large donations to home and world mission work in the WELS.
We will be giving out copies of Julian's New Testament translation to guests who stop at our table. Duane Anderson,and Leslie Nelson are children of Julian. Julian was a Greek NT scholar in the ELS church body.
Special thanks to these Open Bible volunteers who will be at our table:
Great Breakfast Bible Study on Saturday, Oct. 5th at 8:30 A.M. at Open Bible. Walk-ins Welcome!
I am told there will be ham in the eggs, and a special potato served by Richard, Mike, Stan and Skip. Pastor Dale will lead an inspirational discussion on being a great leader like Nehemiah. Men - Join us for good food and fellowship.