checking in

August 5, 2022
Good evening,( sorry for the late blog, but the power was off this afternoon at Poole )
In my 2021 report to the church for its annual meeting, I promised to put together a survey, to enter into a discussion of the present reality here at Poole. I was hoping that we would be closer to the end of the pandemic than we are at the moment. Our attendance is about half of what it was in February 2020. Our budget is higher this year, and our offerings remain strong. We post our worship service on-line, but we do not have an exact count of who is listening ? We have mostly put away the masks, and we have never required vaccinations, except for some funerals.
Here are my five questions/comments:1)  How long have you been at Poole ?2)  Name a faith/soul experience you have had at Poole 3) How do you describe Poole ( someone else ) ?4) What gifts do you offer to Poole ?5) What do you need to grow in your faith ?Answers to these questions would be helpful in defining who we are.  And I am thinking about what kind of church we want to be ? Do we want more programs to draw people into the community or do we want to be a pastoral care/compassion community based on love  and worship. Or a combination of both ?
I could say that we are at a crossroads at Poole, but every church is always at a fork ( or is it a spoon ) in the road. Change is constant, and we are thinking of these things every Sunday and everyday. Then the pandemic hits, and we have to re-think everything we have ever done. The church even left the building for a time ( actually four times ).

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 

Matthew 10:27

Fred

Chaos in the winds

Scattering my troubled thoughts

to land on soft clouds

Monika Pieper Landoni 2022