Active Listening. Imagination. Vision. Empowerment.

► Read the PDF of the “ALIVE Report to the Congregation” HERE.


You are invited and encouraged to participate in two very important gatherings of growth and healing for ourselves and our congregation which are a direct result of the stories, dreams, and questions you have shared with your ALIVE Team.  

On Sunday, January 31, 2021, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., via Zoom, there will be an update on the status of our transition process, and a sharing of some of the things we are learning and discovering about ourselves as we move forward into what our Lord is unfolding before us. Barry and Gretchen Johnsrud, members of the ALIVE team, and your pastors will offer a summary update of the team’s work in gathering information for the Ministry Site Profile which will be used by the Call Team in their search for a new lead pastor. Over 200 of you as members have responded to a series of information gathering questions that will provide guidance to the congregation, the Call Team, and the Council in moving forward. Your continued participation and presence is vital as we proceed!

► View the slides of the 1/31 ALIVE Report presentation HERE.

► Listen to the 1/31 ALIVE Report presentation and conversation HERE.

On Sunday, February 7, 2021, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., via Zoom, you are encouraged to join in a conversation with Bishop Jaech (Southwest Washington Synod), your pastors, and Council members regarding process, feelings, and healing that happens in a pastoral leadership change.  The focus of our conversation will be on the Synod’s and Council’s work regarding the sudden resignation by Pastor Vaswig. Questions of process, severance, and non-disclosure agreements will be among topics addressed.

The aim of each session is to keep the congregation updated and informed in a transparent manner, addressing relevant concerns as we all of work and grow together both in the search for a new lead pastor and in further shaping the ministry and context we are called to serve as Christ’s disciples.