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From our ELDERS

MISSION STATEMENT OF SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS: 
“TO MAKE DISCIPLES FOR 
CHRIST BEGINNING IN OUR CONGREGATION AND CO
NTINUING IN OUR COMMUNITY, OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.”

Elder Minutes: 

The Elders are to provide hope & comfort to the congregation.

ELDER MEETING MINUTES

October 2, 2014 ELDER MEETING Minutes

1. Opening Thoughts:  “Now if anyone does not provide for his own relatives, and especially for his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8).
2. September Minutes — Accepted
3. October Agenda —- Add New Elder Discussion
4. Pastor’s Report — Discussed member roles, communion flow, Pastor provided a draft of a letter for elders to send to ‘inactive’ members. Elder responsibility to send out to their individual lists (provided by office).
5. Elder assignments for November
6. Ron Smith — Exit Interview — Review elder groups for familiarity with elder, additional elders to reduce size of groups, attend new member welcome, work with member roles, work at making contact with elder groups.
7. Voter Meeting Update/Conversation — Parish Nurse Tabled, Rebeccas Garden of Hope Passed, Sound Panels Passed, Number of Elders at Meeting = 4
8. Budget — Draft budget forwarded to Lorrain Koch w/ approximately 3.5% increase. Benefit increases need to be reviewed for actual requirements.
9. Elder Groups, Elder Contacts.....re-emphasizing our need to make personal contact with the members of our Elder Groups.
10. Extending worship services to our housebound members.
  a. How are recorded services being distributed, recommend elders do it.
  b. Sanctuary Web Cam — Investigating Licenses, Eqpt. Costs, Etc...
  c. Get quotes for (2-4) NotePad type devices for showing a recording of the service. .
  d. Get quotes for color camera’s (2) with enough resolution to adequately record services.
  e. Look into what it takes to operate cameras.
11. Elder discussion; numbers, members, etc. . ..
12. Closing Prayer

What about Acolyte/Confirmation Robes: Prices obtained, currently we have 10 different sizes, estimating a need for approximately $1500. Keeffe to obtain Endowment Fund application. Would like to have 2 of all required sizes. One size seems to be missing.

 Thoughts from the head of the Head Elder — Kevin Keeffe

How many parents have said to their children when they come in from playing outside, home from athletic practice or even home from a long day of work at the diner: Here's some soap, go take a bath or a shower....you’re dirty and you stink.

When our children are under our care, we as parents are responsible for teaching them how to wash properly - using soap and water in such a way that they don't stink or leave dirt stains on the bath towels when they are done.

As Christians we know that because of sin we are dirty and we stink. We also know that it takes S.O.A.P., not ivory, dial, zest, lever or even some other skin mangling, pumice stone, but Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer.

As Christian parents we are the ones responsible for teaching our children that the S.O.A.P. of the Bible, along with the Waters of Baptism, is the cleansing agent of the soul. If we don't instruct our children how to properly cleanse themselves they will grow up dirty and stinky. They either won't know or won't care how "Grace through Faith" provides salvation. No matter how hard we work, how many good deeds we do or how much money we give to charity, these things will not make us ‘good people’ in the eyes of the Lord.

Ephesians 2:7-9

7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through ‘faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast....

S.O.A.P. provides that information. Scripture needs to be read for reading scripture writes it on our hearts and mind. Any good lawyer or scientist will tell you, ”lf it isn't written down, it doesn't exist." In turn, scripture needs to be thought about and consciously Observed. Who wrote these lines scripture being read? Why was it written?

Who was meant to read it? Since the days of lsaiah God has been asking us to use our intellect and reason:

lsaiah 1:18

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Use these words of scripture and Apply them to your lives. If we read the Bible, if we seek answers and we don't apply those answers to our lives. What is the point? Use the application of scripture to your life as an inspiration to Pray for others and ask for boldness when acting in the name of Jesus.

As parents our job doesn't stop at telling our kids to wash up — we need to teach them to use S.O.A.P. The only way we can teach and instruct is to study ourselves. By the act of using S.O.A.P ourselves, our children will see and thus know by example that using soap is important to staying clean.

Proverbs 22:6

‘Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

From our ELDERS

MISSION STATEMENT OF SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS: 
“TO MAKE DISCIPLES FOR 
CHRIST BEGINNING IN OUR CONGREGATION AND CO
NTINUING IN OUR COMMUNITY, OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.”

Elder Minutes: 

The Elders are to provide hope & comfort to the congregation.

ELDER MEETING MINUTES

October 2, 2014 ELDER MEETING Minutes

1. Opening Thoughts:  “Now if anyone does not provide for his own relatives, and especially for his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8).
2. September Minutes — Accepted
3. October Agenda —- Add New Elder Discussion
4. Pastor’s Report — Discussed member roles, communion flow, Pastor provided a draft of a letter for elders to send to ‘inactive’ members. Elder responsibility to send out to their individual lists (provided by office).
5. Elder assignments for November
6. Ron Smith — Exit Interview — Review elder groups for familiarity with elder, additional elders to reduce size of groups, attend new member welcome, work with member roles, work at making contact with elder groups.
7. Voter Meeting Update/Conversation — Parish Nurse Tabled, Rebeccas Garden of Hope Passed, Sound Panels Passed, Number of Elders at Meeting = 4
8. Budget — Draft budget forwarded to Lorrain Koch w/ approximately 3.5% increase. Benefit increases need to be reviewed for actual requirements.
9. Elder Groups, Elder Contacts.....re-emphasizing our need to make personal contact with the members of our Elder Groups.
10. Extending worship services to our housebound members.
  a. How are recorded services being distributed, recommend elders do it.
  b. Sanctuary Web Cam — Investigating Licenses, Eqpt. Costs, Etc...
  c. Get quotes for (2-4) NotePad type devices for showing a recording of the service. .
  d. Get quotes for color camera’s (2) with enough resolution to adequately record services.
  e. Look into what it takes to operate cameras.
11. Elder discussion; numbers, members, etc. . ..
12. Closing Prayer

What about Acolyte/Confirmation Robes: Prices obtained, currently we have 10 different sizes, estimating a need for approximately $1500. Keeffe to obtain Endowment Fund application. Would like to have 2 of all required sizes. One size seems to be missing.

 Thoughts from the head of the Head Elder — Kevin Keeffe

How many parents have said to their children when they come in from playing outside, home from athletic practice or even home from a long day of work at the diner: Here's some soap, go take a bath or a shower....you’re dirty and you stink.

When our children are under our care, we as parents are responsible for teaching them how to wash properly - using soap and water in such a way that they don't stink or leave dirt stains on the bath towels when they are done.

As Christians we know that because of sin we are dirty and we stink. We also know that it takes S.O.A.P., not ivory, dial, zest, lever or even some other skin mangling, pumice stone, but Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer.

As Christian parents we are the ones responsible for teaching our children that the S.O.A.P. of the Bible, along with the Waters of Baptism, is the cleansing agent of the soul. If we don't instruct our children how to properly cleanse themselves they will grow up dirty and stinky. They either won't know or won't care how "Grace through Faith" provides salvation. No matter how hard we work, how many good deeds we do or how much money we give to charity, these things will not make us ‘good people’ in the eyes of the Lord.

Ephesians 2:7-9

7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through ‘faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast....

S.O.A.P. provides that information. Scripture needs to be read for reading scripture writes it on our hearts and mind. Any good lawyer or scientist will tell you, ”lf it isn't written down, it doesn't exist." In turn, scripture needs to be thought about and consciously Observed. Who wrote these lines scripture being read? Why was it written?

Who was meant to read it? Since the days of lsaiah God has been asking us to use our intellect and reason:

lsaiah 1:18

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Use these words of scripture and Apply them to your lives. If we read the Bible, if we seek answers and we don't apply those answers to our lives. What is the point? Use the application of scripture to your life as an inspiration to Pray for others and ask for boldness when acting in the name of Jesus.

As parents our job doesn't stop at telling our kids to wash up — we need to teach them to use S.O.A.P. The only way we can teach and instruct is to study ourselves. By the act of using S.O.A.P ourselves, our children will see and thus know by example that using soap is important to staying clean.

Proverbs 22:6

‘Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.