Congregational Meeting

Sunday, May 23, 2021 • 1:00 pm. • via Zoom

The next meeting of the congregation will be on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. At that meeting, members of the congregation will vote to elect the following members who have been recommended by the MVLC Nominating Committee.

CHURCH COUNCIL • one-year term

  • Karen Hansen
  • Skip Harrison
  • Gretchen Johnsrud
  • Bob Linden
  • Gerry Philipsen
  • Carol Powers
  • Ken Swanson
  • Emily Thompson
  • Bob Yost

NOMINATING COMMITTEE • one-year term

  • Sonja Dahl
  • Mary Beth Peterson
  • Wendy Wadnizak

MISSION ENDOWMENT FUND • three-year term

  • Ed Egan
  • Beth Ann Johnson
  • Karen Quandt

CALL COMMITTEE

  • Kevin Dahl
  • Jesie Holden
  • Megan Hutton
  • Dan Lysne
  • Connie McCrossin
  • Serena McHenry
  • Becky Schaefer

Each member household of the congregation was mailed a packet of information that includes a letter of instructions for the meeting, agenda, ballot(s), and Zoom meeting link.

You must be present at the Zoom meeting for your ballot to be counted.

Please do not mail or return your ballot until after you have attended the meeting!

Congregational Meeting

Sunday, January 24, 2021 • 4:00 p.m. • via Zoom

A mailing was sent to all member households for the Congregational Meeting scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 24, 2021 via Zoom. Included in the mailing: ballot(s), the agenda, a letter from the MVLC Church Council, and a letter from the ALIVE Team. Documents are also available by clicking on the links below. You are encouraged to read the information before the meeting.

► Read the letter from the MVLC Church Council HERE.

► View the meeting agenda HERE.

► Read the letter from the ALIVE Team HERE.

► Read the minutes of the 111719 meeting HERE.

► Read the minutes of the 020920 special meeting HERE.

► Read the minutes of the 081920 meeting HERE.

Letter from the President of the Congregation

I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. —EPHESIANS 4:1-6, 15-16

As leadership seeks to navigate this unprecedented time of uncertainty, I want to share great appreciation and thanks for our pastors and church staff who have been diligently following the health advisories and listening to many of our concerns. They are working hard to adapt and provide a safe and reasonable plan to sustain the mission we share at Mountain View Lutheran.

As we are unsure how long these alternative measures will be in place, I want to be proactive in getting this message to you. Thanks to your faithfulness, monetary giving to the church and its mission has been solid in 2020, but the church council is concerned we will quickly find ourselves with a sizeable financial gap. About 62% of giving to the church is done electronically, which means 38% is done in person. As is typical with most churches, we distribute funds out as they are received and hold a minimal reserve (savings account). So in these strange times, I’m asking you to consider other ways you can give your offering when not present at the church so the faithful work of His disciples can continue via our benevolences, staff, and church operations.

  1. Via the MVLC Church website.
  2. Hover over the “GIVE” dropbox.
  3. Choose “Make a Donation via Bank Account” or “Make a Donation via Credit/Debit Card.”
  4. Fill out all information on the page and then click the blue “GIVE” button.
  5. If you want it to remember your information, visit “SIGN IN” and create an account.
  6. NOTE: Online giving is a one-time gift unless you check “Make this Gift Recurring.”
  • Mail checks to the MVLC Church Office at 3505 – 122nd Ave E, Edgewood WA 98372. (If you receive mailed offering envelopes, 3 mail-back envelopes are included in the packet each quarter.)
  • Drop your gift off at the MVLC Church Office during the week (please call 253-863-5171 first to confirm staff is onsite).

We also know that some may experience furloughs or layoffs during this uncertain time. We hope that you will contact the office, that we may walk alongside and be with you during this challenging time. We will continue to work with each other as the Body of Christ in different ways during this interim period. If you have any difficulty setting up an online gift, please call the church office for assistance.

What is most important is for you and your family to stay safe and healthy. We will continue to communicate with you about all aspects of church life as information becomes available.

Blessings and health for your family,

Carol Powers

Letter from the Senior Pastor

To the people of God at Mountain View Lutheran Church:
 
We live in extraordinary times. Rarely in my lifetime, with the exception of 9/11, have I witnessed such palpable fear. The same is clearly a manifestation of the anxiety-ridden times we currently live in. To suggest otherwise is to deny the reality on the ground. Jesus himself acknowledged what can be life’s uncertainties when had said in Matthew 7:34, “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” How poignant that is to the current moment as all of us struggle to stay in the moment, not futurizing tomorrow’s trouble.
 
Amidst the current storms that we are experiencing, we need to live into the Gospel-believing community we are. We need to take hold of the words of Jesus in Mark 4, as disciples cry out on a storm-tossed sea: “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And the word of the Lord: “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased and there was a dead calm.”
 
As disciples of Jesus Christ, we trust this wind-ceasing, storm-stilling word of the Lord to be true. We trust that same word to make a difference in how we approach dramatic times like we are currently experiencing. So, for all of us, a word: Peace! Be still!
 
Having reminded each of you of the same, I need to simultaneously indicate to you that we are working as a staff in various ways, particularly surrounding Sunday worship, to bring that same word of peace absent the physical presence of the community. We will, by this Sunday, have an online version of worship accessible. In addition, we hope to be making available to you distinct Lenten materials for home use as we travel the forty days absent midweek worship.
 
Also, we as a staff remain on site, with the exception of Pastor Bri, who is now working at home for her own protection during her pregnancy. She will be working on Lenten devotional materials, intermittently preaching, and finding various ways to connect young families via technology.
 
I am maintaining regular office hours, so feel free to call or make an appointment when the wind and waves feel particularly acute for you. Likewise, in the case of emergent and/or urgent circumstances, I am still available to respond pastorally; call the MVLC Church Office at 253-863-5171.
 
These extraordinary times require endurance, patience, and imagination. We, as a staff, are praying for God’s guidance, along with leadership, as we navigate these rather treacherous waters. We give thanks for the community we share together and a word we all need to hear: Peace! Be still!
 
Pastor John L. Vaswig

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