MEETING OF THE WORSHIP TEAM, TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018
Pastor Kevin called the meeting to order and opened with prayer.
Present: Dana Hartel, Pastor Kevin Heffernan, Jody Kell, Margaret Kohl, Lani Stanek, and Pam Ulness. Sarah Miller attended as a guest.
Absent: Valerie Gulke, Holly Nelson, Ellen Smolinski, and Kristen Woods
The main focus of the meeting was on the upcoming months of the autumn season. Discussion was as follows:
WORSHIP AND ACTIVITIES DURING JULY AND AUTUMN Sunday, July 15 - Since parking around The Wolf River Inn is limited because of the bridge and street construction, the outdoor worship service and picnic lunch will be held at the church this year. Worship will be held in the Gathering Area with doors open to the back yard area, if weather permits. The potluck picnic is to be served inside. People are invited to bring their lawn chairs and eat outside or, if preferred, can eat inside, too. Month of August – Pastor Kevin will be on sabbatical leave for the entire month. Month of September – Pastor Kevin is planning to present a series on “Happiness” at the weekly worship service—what it means to be happy and, furthermore, joyful. Songs of joy will be sung and other ideas might be to use the “smiley face” theme by using smiley face stickers and decorations. Suggestion was to use colorful altar colors and ribbon banners during this time. Sarah Miller also mentioned she may be able to draw peoples’ attention to this worship series and theme on the Lord of the Lakes Facebook web page. Pastor Kevin mentioned that a fund raiser event is currently being planned for the end of September. Sunday, Sept. 9 – Start of Sunday School with Rally Day. Jody is also planning a special musical service. Month of October – An updated church directory and photo book will be in progress during this month. Pastor Kevin stated that another weekly series at worship services may focus on a “harvest” theme. This matter will be discussed further at the next meeting of the Worship Team. Looking Ahead to the Thanksgiving and Christmas Seasons – Thanksgiving season will be discussed further at the next meeting. Chairperson Pam Ulness mentioned that the Advent Season begins the first week in December. Also, Jody let the team know that she and Valerie Gulke are planning to use a “Candy Cane” theme, portraying its Christian meaning, for decorations and include it in some manner during the worship services in December. Regarding further business, Margaret Kohl suggested that, whenever possible, it is better to have a familiar opening hymn at the beginning of our worship services. She also mentioned a familiar song/hymn encourages people to sing and quite often sets the tone of the worship service. A brief discussion occurred during which Jody explained how the first hymn is often selected, and that she tries to coordinate with what the Guitar Band has learned and plays as a prelude to the service. Her hope is to familiarize worshipers with new songs/hymns. There being no further business, the meeting was closed with prayer by Pastor Kevin. The next meeting of the Worship Team is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Margaret Kohl, Recording Secretary