The Personnel Committee has continued to work with others on several important topics at our Church! The Pastor’s review team has completed the first draft of its review, and we have received feedback from our Pastor regarding the progress of the church in 2017. Most people do not realize the feedback is a two-way deal; when we review performance, we must be willing to accept feedback with a heart-felt “Thank You.” Let’s not confuse feedback with an opportunity to provide “Back Feed”.
A very special friend often tells me that “feedback is a gift.” This usually happens when I have opportunities to discuss my challenges at work, and sometimes when we discuss my responsibilities as an Elder at our Church.
With all this said, I have a feeling that we could be growing like the dogwoods, azaleas and flowers out in front of the church if we could share our feedback with one another while being open minded and willing to also receive the same!
It is great to be working with the new Stewardship and Finance committee members led by Joe Sheets! Joe is new to this position due to the necessary shuffle when new session members come on board. Joe convened a few of us and asked us to share thoughts and ideas on ways to ensure the long term survival of our church.
What’s that??? Identify ways to ensure the long-term survival of our church???
What does that really mean? I’m sure that everyone remembers the stewardship campaign led by Jill and several of her volunteers last year. This campaign resulted in a great improvement in the financial pledges to our church for the 2018 year. At the same time, the session did a great job working behind the scene to ensure that the 2018 budget reflected the actual needs for the church with limited opportunities for outreach.
Applying very simple math and looking at the financial section of the weekly Church bulletin, we notice that we do not always meet our weekly need. There is no great emergency here and I’m not trying to alarm everyone, but, I am saying that we have a very talented and dedicated staff that could use your help with some outreach.
Our long-stated mission is to reach beyond the walls of our church, and find new ways to help the community, and provide a center of worship for those who are not currently attending church.
To help with this outreach, Rev. Elam and Dr. Gardner have led Bible Study groups that are geared toward sharing the good news and inviting others to know the Lord. This is one way to prevent the financial restraints that sometimes become the reason for staying grounded at the end of Franklin Church Drive!
In closing, I want to share the banner statement found on our church web page:
We are a congregation that is caring, loving and friendly. We are faithful to the call of the Gospel to be good neighbors in this community and in the world. We strive to be disciples and visible representatives of the love of God in Jesus Christ. We submit and adhere to biblical principles of faith, repentance, and obedience to God in love, compassion and service. We believe in the sovereignty of the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the authority of Scripture in matters of faith and living the Christian life; and in the saving grace of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and in confident hope of eternal life. We seek to live by the Word of God found in Colossians 3:17 - "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
If anyone has any comments or questions concerning the staff, Please feel free to contact me directly. If you happen to miss me at church, Please share any positive comments or learning opportunities for our group at or leave me a message in the Personnel box in the church office.
Thank You all, 
                                                                                       John Lowe