Grand Canyon Synod Assembly News
Intern Pastor Nanette Christofferson
Annual Meeting Update
Senior Care Options and Programs
Senior Care Options and Programs
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Welcome, Nanette Christofferson as our Full-time Intern Pastor!
Though Nanette has been with us since January as our very part-time Pastoral Assistant, on September 1 she will start her full-time student internship at Love of Christ. She and her husband, Mark, are in the process of renting a house in the East Valley and she will be serving and learning among us 40-50 hours a week until August 30, 2019. During this time it is important that we remember she is still considered a student, and the twelve months ahead will involve intentional and at times intensive practical skill development. We know that she has already expressed capable gifts and skills among us, but please remember this is a year focused on learning and developing. She will be meeting weekly with Pastor Steve and serve under his supervision. An Internship Committee has been formed who will meet with her monthly to support, encourage, pray and provide feedback. She will sometimes shadow Pastor Steve and other times she will be given freedom to use her many gifts. She will be investing in all aspects of pastoral ministry: Preaching, Worship Leadership, Pastoral Care, Faith Formation, Administration, and Outreach. Pastor Steve will be doing three different evaluations of her along with the Internship Committee providing two. Because she is not yet ordained she cannot preside at Holy Communion or officiate at baptisms. In Summer of 2019 she will meet with the Grand Canyon Synod Candidacy Committee to sit for her approval interview. Upon approval she will be available for call as an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament, she will become available for assignment to a synod and then open to be called by a congregation. It is possible that she might become a candidate for an Associate Pastor position at Love of Christ, but the congregation has to demonstrate a commitment to support a full-time second pastor, and both the congregation and Nanette will need to sense that the Lord is leading to a call at Love of Christ. Before jumping to calling her as our second pastor, we need to focus on making this the best year of learning for her, and continue to provide gracious hospitality to her and her husband Mark. We are fortunate to have her want to do her internship here, when many other pastors would welcome the chance for their congregation to be so blessed. Thanks for being a part of Nanette’s Learning Laboratory!
At the June 14-16, 2018 Grand Canyon Synod Assembly at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Oro Valley, AZ voting members from across the synod including Pastor Steve Talmage, Karen and Lee Humbert, Dan and Tami Wilke, and Clyde Anderson will be electing a new bishop to serve six years. Please keep all the voting members and candidates in your prayers that the Holy Spirit will identify the right person with the right gifts to lead our Synod. We also want to give thanks for Bishop Lowell Almen, who will complete his service as Interim Bishop on August 31.
The Grand Canyon Synod is one of 65 synods in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA is a church of more than 4 million members who actively participate in God’s work in the world. We believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. There are approximately 89 congregations in the Grand Canyon Synod, including new mission starts. The territory of this synod is the State of Arizona; the counties of Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, and Nye in the State of Nevada; and New Promise Lutheran Church, in St. George, Utah.
For more information about the synod profile you can go to http://www.gcsynod.org/2018-grand-canyon-synod-assembly/
Congregational Meeting update
On Sunday 2/10/19 90+ voting members attending the annual congregational meeting.
The following were elected:
LoC Church Board (3 yr. term beginning 3/1/19)
LoC Endowment Committee (1 and 2 year terms to be determined at first meeting)
Thanks was given to Board Member, Nicole Cumberledge, who is completing six years of service.
An amendment to include Seasonal Membership to the LoC Constitution was approved.
2018 Financial Report as presented was approved, with thanks to the households of this congregation that gave faithfully and generously in 2018.
2019 Mission Budget was approved as recommended by the LoC Board.
The following update was provided on the sale of our vacant lots:
On January 26, the Love of Christ Lutheran Church Board met with our broker, Ted Knoell to get a current update on the status of the sale of our two lots. We had been notified prior to the end of the due diligence period of our recent purchase contract that the pro forma (estimated development costs of the property from the City of Mesa) exceeded what our buyer had anticipated and what our broker had estimated. The City of Mesa is requiring full buildout of the property to include curbing, sidewalks, landscaping, water retention and sewer connections along Hobart and Power Rd., raising the potential cost of the four custom home development to an estimated $50,000 a house, when the buyer had anticipated a $25-30,000 per house cost. Because of this requirement they requested we lower the price to $375,000 and the Board unanimously chose not to accept that. The Board countered with an offer of $406,250.00, which would have netted LoC $390,000.00. They buyer declined. Ted Knoell believes current market value places our lots in the $400-410,000 price range. He has personally contacted over 30 potential home builders and is still in conversation. If no new offer comes forward, the property will go on Multiple Listing Services by 2/15 at the recommend $500,000 price. Ted recommended the high price, because recent land sales in our area similar to our property involved buyers receiving anywhere from 15-20% discount on the purchase price, so a 20% discount would allow a sale at $400,000.00. Custom home builders expect to net 11-15% profit on any development project that would apply to our lots. We have one of our three notes with Thrivent Financial due for re-rating on 7/1/19. It is hoped that we can still have a sale prior to this date in an effort to see and immediate reduction in our monthly mortgage costs. 100% of net proceeds from the sale of the lots will be applied to principal debt reduction.
Al Gjersvig presented an update on our Vision 2020 Capital Campaign which will officially roll out in Fall of 2019.
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