Notes from Stewardship Council

January 11, 2024

Pastor Andrew

  • This season represents the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one. While we head towards our annual business meeting, we are wise to look back over the year and consider our next year with perspective as our teacher.
  • Here are some things that I have learned:
  • Firstly, growth is possible. In an age of dying and aging churches, it is relieving to know that it is possible to both attract and retain new church attendees, even young ones.
  • Secondly, thinking differently and trying new things works. This last year, the elder meetings were run differently and more often. We decluttered the church. We looked at the problems facing the church with new and fresh glasses. The outcome, I feel, was new life and energy in the church. It makes me wonder what other fresh ways of thinking or acting could bless us.
  • Thirdly, God provides. We have seen God’s perfect provision this year. I think that should make us brave as a church to try even expensive things for God’s glory.
  • December brought a close to our Advent series. January has brought a new Pastor who we installed January 7th. We will kick off our series in Ephesians.
  • The series we have chosen are strategic. Nehemiah taught us how to rebuild, James taught us the basics of discipleship, and now, Ephesians will give us skill in deeper devotion to God.

 

Elders

  • Meet twice a month
  • New vision statement “Developing Empowered Disciples”
  • Main goal is to make disciples for God’s kingdom
  • Elders involved in 4 fellowship functions the past month
    • 2 Sunday school fellowship hours
    • Family Christmas program with fellowship time following
    • Youth pastoral installation service with lunch following
  • Looking forward to the new year and implementing new goals Elders have been working for the church, and presenting them at the Annual Business Meeting

 

Trustees

  • New water fountains installed
  • Added circuits in the kitchen
  • Discussion on getting a new hood to fit the new stove
  • Researching a stand-up freezer for the pantry to free up space and be more efficient

 

Finance

  • Discussed the final outcome of the 2023 Budget
  • Reviewed the 2024 Budget to be presented and voted on at the Annual Business Meeting

December 14, 2023

Bob Ratzlaff

  • Spoke about Southern District Conference
  • Need to know more about what the conference does – have someone from the conference speak at Zoar

Pastor Andrew

  • I hope that our time discussing church vision was a blessing. My hope is that it will add new vigor and focus to the life of the church.
  • I wonder how Zoar Church might develop in the area of evangelism in the next year.
  • Beginning in January, you can expect Pastor Joseph Carter to hold office hours and begin the work of building relationships with the kids.
  • My plan for the year 2024 revolves around a single focus. I will continue to lead the elders in pursuing the church vision and actuating their plans for the next year.
  • I, personally plan to be engaged in the fulfillment of a promise. That promise was the installation of a new government structure. I want to be transparent on my plans and thoughts concerning all this. I will be communicating with the Church Council concerning my 2024 plans.
  • Thank you the continued leadership and support as we seek not to please people, but God in all that we do.

Elders

  • Areas we are vision casting for Zoar
    • Bible reading plan for 24
    • Provide resources for young families
    • Develop strong ministry leaders
    • Work on Elder communication and transparency
    • Develop an education program for teaching Apologetics
    • Expand on Outreach Ministry
    • Work with Men’s ministry for more men focus groups
    • Looking at ways for building relationships among the congregation
  • Working with the overwhelming response to the pastor evaluation.  Had 98 responses. Was a good process and will be brought up to congregation before business meeting
  • Working with Pastor Andrew on new vision statement and defining what it means for Zoar Church
    • Looking at ways to roll out the new vision statement in January
  • Will be looking to replace one Elder after the business meeting in January
  • Elders are looking forward to what God has in store for us in 24 and we will allow God to guide us through it.

Trustees

  • New stove is in and installed
  • New water fountains installed

Finance

  • Discussed the Budget
  • Discussion on replacing church van
  • Discussed preliminary 2024 budget   

Other Business

  • Approved providing Pastor Andrew a new version of Logos. (Theological resources and Bible study tools)

November 16, 2023

Pastor Andrew

  • The months of October and November have been blessed with the business of ministry. Probably the thing that stood out the most was our Mission Sunday which represented our missionaries well. Of course, we also gathered an amazing amount of funds towards missions as well.
  • In the early part of October, some from our church went to the Arise event. While I talked with a few who went who were really blessed. I see the Arise event as a model for future investment in the spirituality of our congregation. In the future, I would like to see more leadership involvement in those activities.
  • We also had a baptism in October, further proof that the church’s involvement with the gospel is working. Praise be to God.
  • We are finishing up our Vision Series. My hope is that as we talk about vision from the pulpit, that leadership will take special interest. The Elders have been on the inside curve of this vision process, but the extent of vision reaches to the work of Church Council and the Trustees too. If I and the elders have a different vision than the other branches of our church leadership, ministry will be hamstrung. For this reason, I’m always open to questions from anyone on leadership in regard to church vision and trajectory. I’d love to hear your thoughts and I covet your prayers.
  • Finally, we are heading into the Christmas season. I look forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior as a congregation through the month of December.

 

EldersEric

  • We are so happy to report that Carter’s have accepted the call to become Zoar’s new Youth Pastor.  We are excited to see the program grow. Thanks search team for making this possible.
  • We have also worked extensively on the new Vision Statement for Zoar, “Developing Empowered Disciples” and what this means. 
  • Rick Tuxhorn is guiding us through a way of taking apart Church problems and addressing them and putting together a working program that will be rolled out for church buy-in.  We have addressed 5 major areas of issues of concern in the church and we will start dissecting each one and putting a plan together for each area. Our goal is to have a new model of area(s) that we will be working on in conjunction with the congregation rolled out by January’s Business Meeting.
  • We are excited to see what God has in store for Zoar Church.

 

Trustees

  • Ordered a new stove for the kitchen that is smaller and will make room for the food warmer
  • Double stove for sale – Brain will check with the Senior Center
  • Considering options for the pantry
  • A need for work at the cemetery – fence repair, stone repair & new signs
  • There are 2 new drinking fountains still not installed

 

Finance

  • Discussed the budget and everything looks good
  • In 2024 it will be the first time in 4 years that we will have a full staff with a full budget need
  • Christmas Program offering will be for camp scholarships

 

Business

Rick Tuxhorn

  • Elders are considering ideas on how we as a church can empower young families.  

            Need to make a commitment to attract young families

  • Hire childcare providers
    • Time away from children
    • Time with spouse
    • Possibly in nursery so need less volunteers that volunteer repeatedly
    • Experiment – try things to see what works
    • Someone to make it happen

Annual Business Meeting will be January 28, 2024. There will be a meal served.

September 14, 2023

Pastor Andrew

  • Our study in James has been a joy for me. My prayer is, that as we continue to work through this series, God will work in our hearts, increasing our maturity and leading us further into obedience.
  • The church prayer meeting continues to be attended by an average of four people per week.
  • I am blessed on the other hand by the faithful people who come into my office every Sunday morning to pray for me and the church before the service. I truly believe that that act of obedience and sacrifice has been a key piece of our success. Imagine what more blessings God would pour out on us as we honor God’s call to make this house a house of prayer.
  • The elders and I have been working hard to reevaluate our vision and describe our core values. We believe that as we do this, our church will become better lead, more purposeful, more energetic, and hopefully, more able to glorify God and benefit His kingdom.

 

Elders
  • Elders have been active in the past month, working with projects that each Elder is charged with.
  • Rick Tuxhorn; working with visitation team at PVH.
  • Jason Herndon; working on drive-in movie and worship music ministry. Also helping with Youth Pastor Search.
  • Mike Prieb; following up with nursery and on the mission team.
  • Mark Nachtigall; leading Youth Pastor Search committee and sound booth.
  • Eric Beye; working with benevolence, Wednesday night mission, outreach ministry, advisor for Christian Ed (working on getting it rebuilt), Elder Chair.
  • Elders make themselves available to the congregation as needed in different areas.
  • We are working on a new vision statement for Zoar church which will also work into a new mission statement. We will dive into it hard when we bring on a youth pastor. 
  • There are items that need to be taken care of in different areas of the church. They either need to be relocated, purged, given away or sold. Nancy Oard expressed interest in taking on this project and has been given the go ahead to move forward with this project.

 

Trustees

  • High-definition projector project is finished and working well
  • IdeaTek shut down their service to the home. The issue was quickly resolved and the church service is available through a streaming service on channel 57.

 

Finance

  • Discussed the budget and everything is looking good.

 

Other Business

  • Janet McMahon is going on a mission’s trip to Uganda.