Pastor's Weekly Letter

A Note From Rev. Dr. Paul J. Kirbas

Dear Congregation,

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT A SPECIAL TOWN HALL MEETING IS HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 AT 9:30 AM IN THE SOCIAL HALL!

Today is the first Sunday of the liturgical season of Lent. Lent is a season of prayer and discernment as we follow the journey of Christ to the cross. During the season of Lent, we will focus on prayer in our Lenten Sermon Series. Each Sunday, we will also lift up the prayers of significant Christian leaders from ages past. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asked his disciples to pray with him. During this season of Lent, Westminster will!

 And for good reason! Here at Westminster, it's time to raise this sense of prayer and discernment to a whole new level. It's time to discern God's will in terms of the historic decision concerning the possible assimilation of the Connecting Point Presbyterian Church into our church.

For over a year, we have been in conversations with Connecting Point, and with the Indian Nations Presbytery, concerning this possible assimilation. We have been staffing Connecting Point with our seminary intern Laurel Hall. Under her leadership, the campus is already showing signs of growth. We have been using an assimilated bulletin on both campuses. And, we have prepared a detailed plan of action concerning the merger which has been approved by our joint campus task force, both church sessions, and the Committee on Ministry at the Indian Nations Presbytery.

The car is packed, and we are ready to get into the driver seat and take a long and unfamiliar journey. But before we do, the first thing we must do is to check the gas tank. Is there enough fuel to make the journey? In this case, the "fuel" is our congregational will, our congregational excitement, our congregational vision to become a two-campus congregation. It's time to see how much fuel is in our tank.

Soon we will conduct a survey to get a sense of our fuel level. In a few weeks, you will receive a brochure that outlines the history, current ministry, and the plan of action for the possible assimilation of Connecting Point. You will also be directed to a survey that asks you to simply check the response that best represents your position on this assimilation. This survey will be available on our website, or on paper here at our church.

It is our hope that everyone will read through the information sent, prayerfully discern God's will, and then participate in the survey. This will give us a sense of direction as we move closer to this decision.

The car is packed. The road lies ahead. Now, let's see how full our gas tank is!

Dr. Paul J Kirbas
Pastor/Head of Staff