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November 2014


How do church leaders get elected?

Faithfulness with one's time is a mark of a good Christian. God's people are called to use their time in ways that bear fruit for eternity. In Ephesians 5:16, the Apostle Paul advises us to "be careful how (we) live, making the most of the time."

Every year, we choose special people to determine those who will be nominated for the offices of Elder and Deacon. The task of the Nominating Committee is to choose the right people, called by God for spiritual leadership in our church. Decision makers carry major responsibility for what is done in any organization. The choices you make are important. You will have the opportunity to vote for church officers, and to receive the 2015 church budget, at the Congregational Meeting on November 23. A slate will be presented, and nominations will be accepted from the floor. If you feel called to serve as an Elder or Deacon, or know someone you would like to nominate, you are invited to notify Nominating Committee Chair John Rowland of your interest, or to speak up for your choice on November 23.

This year, John Rowland is assisted by two members-at-large, Deb Hartman and June Linton, whom you elected for a one-year term last February. Others on the committee, chosen by church organizations, are Kevin Justice, Chair of the Board of Deacons, and Carol Snyder (Christian Education), Lila Bowman (Presbyterian Women) and Carol Clancy (Choir).

A nominating committee is a prime example of democracy in action in the Presbyterian Church (USA). It illustrates one of the historic principles of church order — that the power to elect leaders who will have authority over a local church, rests within the congregation. In a real sense, that committee is the conduit through which God funnels the call to ministry in our church.

In the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), which will be the subject of our November 16 sermon, the servant who invests his ten talents becomes ruler of ten cities. The servant who hides his portion manages to avoid risk, but loses all he has in the process. Always be faithful to God's call, for you never know when you are being measured for even greater things! We hope to see you at the November 23 meeting.

Pastor Joyce


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