I’m hanging out at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mandeville, Louisiana this week, because they asked. It’s a big commitment out of the year, but they heard me saying recently that I missed the rhythm of the parish and asked me to spend a week enjoying theirs.
Here’s what it looks like:
Bishop’s Hosanna Events
Drive to New Orleans
7– 8:30pm Church Council Meeting
7:15 am – ALPHA Leadership Mtg
9-1 – Bayou Conference Gathering
1:00 – Preachers Meeting for Sunday Message
2:00 – Meet with Byron
3:00 – Select hymns for early service. Begin work on prayers.
6-8:30pm – ALPHA 1 (first night)
9-3 – Sermon prep
11:30 – Staff lunch
3:00 – Preacher’s Insert for small group discussions of sermon due in office.
7:00 – Divorce Care group (may skip)
9-2 – Write lectionary blog post, wrote prayers, prepare presentation for women’s retreat Friday.
2pm–Sunday’sPrayers of the Church due to office.
7– 8:30pm – Financial Peace University (50-80 people)
A few non-Hosanna appointments perhaps
7pm – Hosanna Women’s Retreat
9am – Traditional Service – (70-80 av. attendance
10:30 – Contemporary Service (220-245 av. attendance)
Evening – Youth nite: confirmation and senior high, 50 or so kids (may skip)
Thanks to Bob & Linda Busfield who are housing me for the week. Pastors Chris Christopher and Diana Booren make a good team. Gifts differing. Note the pastors share an office (with a fireplace no less).
Council meeting tonight ran about an hour and a half. Matthew, the president ran an efficient meeting. Relaxed atmosphere. This is not an old-fashioned committee-reports-to-the-whole governance. No standing committee reports. More overarching concern over the general direction of the church. Devotions, financials, property, an update on the database redux and some staffing issues.
The budget is built around the five purposes: Worship, Fellowship, Ministry, Evangelism, Discipleship. Hosanna has a history of focusing on evangelism. Worship is prepared with newcomers in mind.
Hosanna celebrated finishing 2012 $30K in the black. Last year 28% of giving was online. January 2013 21% of giving is online.
They are in a capital campaign to raise $400K in debt retirement. So far they are up to $372K. Once they meet that they are going for an additional $300K for some bricks and mortar capital improvement.
We closed with the Lord’s Prayer. Side conversations started and were still going when I left. It’s nice sitting in a healthy, enjoyable council meeting where things are going well and people are enjoying their work together.