3/18/2019 Moving Forward Update
Pastor David Markle has announced his resignation. His last day as Lead Pastor at Park Place will be July 15, 2019. We are thankful for his 18 years of faithful service to our congregation. A full statement from the Servant Leadership Board can be found here.
3/1/2019 Moving Forward Updates
Joshua Mifflin has begun service as Family Ministries Pastor, Steve Hency is wrapping up a very effective and brief time as Interim Pastor with Children and their Parents. Steve will continue serving actively in educational ministries. Pastor Josh will be taking Godly Play training March 8 – 10 in Cincinnati.
A refreshed Outreach Team is being formed and led by Bob Edwards.
Prayer gathering opportunities during Lent will be offered in the Prayer Chapel, Thursdays at the noon hour and as a Wednesday evening 6 pm option. Courtney Rice is coordinating.
Hospitality emphasis focuses on “Making Room” involving most Adult Sunday school classes during March. Pray that we will “warm up the welcome” at Park Place.
Elizabeth Weller has been recommended by the Children’s Center Search Team and Servant Leadership Board to serve as Director of Park Place Children’s Center. A congregational vote will be held at a Special Business Meeting on Sunday, March 17 following the morning worship.
We have had an initial meeting with David Frederick from Sacred Places Indiana. Sacred Places Indiana selects up to ten congregations each year for intensive training in Landmark stewardship, community engagement, and fundraising. Four to six people from each congregation participate in Partners for Sacred Places’ New Dollars/New Partners training. We are beginning the application process.
1/24/2019 Moving Forward Updates
Transition: Pastor Markle has been engaging in positive conversations with the Servant Leadership Board regarding transition in 2019. Next steps will be communicated as they are determined.
Moving forward: A special service of "Confession and Communion" is coming Sunday, February 3. Be with us!
Exercises in Flexibility: A number of young adults are engaging flexibility by sitting in a different place in the Sanctuary during worship this month. You might, too. Youth will be sitting together on the front left of the Sanctuary on the first Sunday of the month.
A common curriculum in Hospitality will be offered in participating Adult Sunday School classes during March. Come, learn, and experience Biblical, historical, and practical expressions of our Lord's welcome to our neighbors.
Engaging Young Adults mentorship program is serving around a dozen AU students. In addition, an EYA team will be meeting with an organization who specializes in communications in the church in the coming weeks.
Prayer Labyrinth will be available in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday, January 27 until thirty minutes after the morning worship ends.
1/10/2019 MOVING FORWARD
· We will move forward on the wings of faithful prayer. Let us pray daily and regularly for pastors, leaders, and all the people of Park Place Church of God.
· Staff Ministry Team is beginning each weekly staff meeting with focused prayer and attention for 30 minutes seeking “low hanging fruit” and deeper issues around our greatest priorities: “Developing a comprehensive strategy to reach new people and incorporate them into the life of the church” and “Making necessary changes to attract families with children and youth to our church.”
· Pray with us for a fruitful gathering of Servant Leadership Board and Staff Ministry Team members to discover applications of “Findings and Recommendations” from the consultation process on Saturday, January 19.
· Watch for opportunities to participate in Congregational Discussion Groups seeking to discover “next steps” during February.