August 2022

Dear Friends and Family of Second Presbyterian,

Years ago, I heard about a church that used this phrase to describe their vision for their members: “Every Member in Ministry.” That phrase captured for me the vision and the hope I have for any church. I hope every member will be engaged and involved in some form of ministry. There are many reasons.

First and most of all, it is our calling as disciples of Jesus Christ. Jesus seeks to teach, train, equip and call every disciple in order that they may be engaged in ministry. Particular ministries may differ, but it is one call of Christ. People find joy and purpose when they answer their call. Another important reason, is that this is your church family. Your participation is a sign of your care and support for one another as you go about ministry. In the Presbyterian church we lift up the protestant teaching of the priesthood of all believers. That means everyone is a minister or servant.

In addition, I have found that healthy churches have members who are personally engaged. Churches with high member involvement are places where people make friends and form community that is a gift to the church and to the member. Churches with member involvement are attractive to visitors as newcomers sense the vitality of an active church.

So you can see, your participation is important. If you are already involved, thank you. You are making a difference. If you would like to be more involved, know there is a place for you here. During the interim period you are especially needed.

This website describes a multitude of ways you can be directly involved in the life and mission of Second Presbyterian Church. Each one is important.

We ask you to complete the Time and Talent Covenants to let your church know how you would like to be involved.

I believe God provided all the gifts this church needs for this church to thrive. God has given gifts to every member here. What Paul said to the church in Corinth, I now say to you:

Now there are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit, and there are varieties of services but the same Lord, and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

Please consider how you might use the gifts God has given you to support the life and ministry of Second Presbyterian Church.

Grace and Peace,

Jody Welker
Transitional Pastor