Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Peter Lutheran Church,
At our May Voter’s Meeting, the main topic of discussion was the possibility of reopening St. Peter Lutheran School. The following is a summary of that discussion:
1) There was no decision for- or against- opening a school.
2) The Voting Assembly approved three things:
a. The formation of a committee to continue looking into the possibility of opening a school.
b. The expenditure of funds by the committee to order a feasibility study (which will determine if opening a school is even possible)
c. In the event that the feasibility study comes back favorably: the expenditure of funds by the committee to order a building study to determine what improvements would need to be made to our facilities to open a school.
There are a lot of ‘unknowns’ at this time. But we have much to rejoice in:
I) The Lord has knit us together as members of His body (1 Corinthians 12:12-28). We are family. We have different experiences, opinions, abilities, and expertise. He has gifted us with different thoughts and abilities so that we may work together in different ways to proclaim the Gospel of Christ.
II) Our Voter’s Assembly was peaceful. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity” (Psalm 133). The vote to move forward in discussing the school was not unanimous – but Satan was not able to move the children of God to quarreling! The Holy Spirit has preserved among us the bond of peace. Let us continue in this bond of peace now in these days following this Voter’s Assembly. Let us not gather secretly to gossip or express disagreement (the place to express dissent is in official church forums), but let us rather encourage and build the congregation up.
III) The Lord has provided earthly, daily bread so liberally and abundantly that we have the opportunity to even consider the possibility of opening a school. “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear…. your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:25ff). Thanks be to God that our congregation has been daily and richly blessed!
As we move forward in the decisions and discussions, continue to pray to the Lord of the Harvest, that He would use us to spread the Gospel to our community and neighbors. Our Lord does answer prayer! Pray for wisdom, guidance, and steadfastness in our conviction that we are witnesses to the Lord’s grace. And let us pray for opportunities to proclaim that grace right here in Huntington.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 15:34-35).
Pastor Lorenz & the Board of Elders