Exerpted from Pastor Michael Mueller’s column in St. Andrew Epistle

130908-muellerEdThe FaithWorks partnership was begun two years ago with the conviction that we are stronger as congregations when we work together than when we remain apart. Over the summer months, leaders from each of the five FaithWorks congregations were called upon to draft a detailed vision for this partnership. We are now in the process of collating these ideas into a common vision that will guide our planning as we move forward.

But even now, the opportunities for creative collaboration are multiplying. This month begins with the second annual FaithWorks Fall Fest, right here at St. Andrew. The festival is a wonderful chance to play and pray together, while making our presence more broadly known in the Racine community.

Confirmation will become a shared effort once again this year. We will join with Atonement from FaithWorks, as well as Emmanuel, Gethsemane, St. Paul’s and Zion. … The orientation for parents and young people is scheduled for noon on Sunday, September 15, at Atonement.

Several additional opportunities have presented themselves for collaboration with our FaithWorks partner Emmaus. We are coordinating our Season of Creation celebration and planning our fall stewardship campaigns. We are also exploring a deeper commitment in worship collaboration around a shared musician. With Sean Knudson’s move to Chicago, our partnership together suggests that we look for creative, shared ways of meeting the need for a new musician to lead worship. A time to discuss these ideas has been scheduled at each congregation on Sunday, September 15. Official congregation meetings for discussion and action have been set for the following Sunday, September 22.

You can see that we are not standing still! FaithWorks is moving forward. Keep your eyes open for ways to be part of the action. And keep our leaders and our community in your prayers!