Fr. Tim's Letter - June 24th, 2018

Hello,

People of the Resurrection...

Continuing this week – the 2nd installment of the “New Pastor’s Impressions”, from the Annual Parish Meeting. It’s in the context of a SWOT Analysis: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

This week – opportunities and threats…

…from the perspective of a new pastor, with both fresh eyes, ‘other’ experiences and very limited experience here at Resurrection.

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OPPORTUNITIES

  • Our being in a period of “transition” offers a chance for additional perspective, renewal and continuing growth (“Continuing Conversion”, as Norbertines would say.) in the Lord. I suppose it could also be seen as a threat; each of us has to decide about that.
  • A realistic attitude, on the part of the Diocese (us as well?) to ‘face the facts’ regarding declining membership & participation…viewing them as challenges and chances for growth.
  • The re-focus, on the part of the Diocese, on a “Christ-Centered” approach to our being the Church – i.e. “Do you know Jesus?”
  • The Alpha Program for small group faith-sharing has enormous potential, having reached 1.7 billion folks world-wide already!
  • Continued & increasing cooperation & collaboration with diocesan initiatives, St. Matthew’s and other cluster parishes & St. Norbert Abbey offers broadened vision, beyond our own limited vantage point.

THREATS

  • Resistance to “gracefully surrendering the things of youth” (Desiderata - 1927) …staff,
  • customs, patterns, personal preferences, styles, so that our parish family can grow forward, from the good, and toward what’s still unfinished in us. (i.e. -“We’ve always done it, and done it this way.”)
  • A shallow pool of potential participants in ministry, committee work and leadership.
  • “Theological polarization”
  • Present disengagement of many of our high school aged members and young adults.
  • Insufficient energy & impetus to go to the marginalized for Evangelization.

Far from being the ‘whole story’, they are pieces which ‘stand out’ when looking with ‘new eyes’. How would you list our opportunities & threats? Perhaps another bit of ‘homework’ for these summer weeks?

 In all of it, we trust…

“God will bless us...EVERY one”!

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We are Happy to Welcome COTS!

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Churches Offering Temporary Support   (COTS)

Resurrection Parish is stepping up our hospitality spirit this May.  Along with several other churches within the city of Green Bay and its nearby communities, our parish will be providing shelter for individuals who have nowhere to stay at night during the summer.  We have volunteered to provide nightly shelter for 2 weeks, May 13-May 27th.

St. John’s Homeless Shelter (SJHS) and Micah Center staff will be overseeing this endeavor.  Churches are only asked to provide a space for 10-30 people.  The SJHS staff will be at the church to admit the guests, provide intake and supervision.  The guests will not have meals here or need showers.  That will be provided at the Micah Center.  They will arrive at 9PM each evening and leave by 6:30AM each morning. They will be sleeping on mats provided by SJHS in our parish hall 1&2 and family room. Guests for the most part will be bussed from the Micah Center at night and back there in the morning.  SJHS will be present at all times.

St John’s Homeless Shelter, where many of our parishioners volunteer during the winter months, is a temporary shelter that takes in anyone in need of shelter, even those denied shelter at other places in the area.  But it has only a Conditional Use Permit with the City of Green Bay that sets it days of operation for Nov. 1-April 30th.   Keeping it open year round would require a new Permit from the city.  It would also require many more staff hours and volunteers to keep it running which is cost prohibitive at this time.

COTS is a wonderful opportunity for churches throughout the area to fill this need and to live the Gospel in action.  We are so pleased that our Parish Pastoral Council approved going forth with this effort.  We look forward to partnering with SJHS and Micah Center.  A set of FAC can be found on our website if you have any questions.  Or feel free to speak with the parish staff with your questions.

Whatsoever you do to the least of my sisters and brothers, you do to Me.  (Matt. 25)