From the Pastor

The corona virus pandemic has shaken the Christian Church, like no other recent event. Churches around the world have closed in fear members will be infected by the deadly virus. These are unpredictable and unstable times.

Yet even as we remain quarantined, scientists are racing to create tests, vaccinations, and treatments to prevent and cure the illness. We pray their speedy success.

As you are well aware, All Saints Lutheran Church has responded with an abundance of caution to the pandemic. But we believe we shall gather again and continue our ministry together.

I am always forward looking. All Saints Lutheran Church will survive the pandemic, but what then.

We know this congregation has a wonderful facility, great location, sufficient financial resources, and a dedicated membership. We have all the right resources to emerge from the pandemic and embrace the future together.

Roger Oliver reminded me the other day that the congregation must address stewardship issues. That is certainly true. I encourage you to maintain your financial support of our ministry.

This year I want to suggest our members look beyond immediate needs and envision the future of the congregation. I will recommend to the church council to appoint a long-range planning committee to set goals for the next ten years.

When the stewardship drive comes, I hope a long-range planning committee will lay out a one-year, five-year, and ten-year plan for the development of the congregation’s life.

The times may be dark now, but we have a bright future and many God given gifts. May our stewardship lay the foundation for good works accomplished by our vision and work.

Pastor Richard Pokora