December, 2017 President’s Message Erik Domaas
Greetings and Best Wishes to everyone as we close out another year. In May of this year I felt the call to serve as the Council President, and I pray for the continued blessings on this congregation and for the wisdom of the entire council to lead us to a path of renewal and growth. As we tend to do at year-end, I reflect back on the many positive things that we do as a diverse community of Lutherans in our corner of Howard County. I am thankful for the generous gifts we receive from each other – gifts of time and energy, monetary gifts, and the sharing of out talents to conduct worship, to teach and support each other, to conduct social events, to maintain our beautiful property, and to conduct social outreach.
I don’t want to single out individuals, for fear that I might forget someone or some group, which would be far from my intent. So please accept and pass on to others whom you work with and share time with at St. Paul’s my deep and sincere thanks for jobs and tasks well done. From council leaders, to committee leaders and members, to anyone that assisted or participated in a worship service or a social event, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, fund raisers, to all of you for coming to worship as you were able, and for all of you who pray for God’s continued blessings on our church family- Thank You!
This 500th Anniversary year of the Reformation provided an opportunity to learn more about our Lutheran heritage, the obstacles to change that Luther and the other reformers encountered, and the history of how the Word was brought to the common people, in Europe and then around the world. In that spirit I ask everyone to be part of the worship experience. Come to services as often as you can. If you are most comfortable sitting in the pews, sing louder and bolder! When you see or hear of an appeal for help, it means YOU can be an extra set of hands or a new contributor of talent. As I have said before- you will be welcomed! We are doing a better job at communicating within our congregation and to our surrounding community, and we will continue to improve and change how we communicate. Your continued participation in the life of St. Paul’s will help us to be a welcoming and growing community. I look forward to seeing you in 2018!