October Notes from Session

October 12, 2016

I have the pleasure of writing the inaugural post for what will be a regular publication from Session. Each month you can look forward to a different active Elder writing about what is on his or her heart. It may relate to initiatives their team is working on; it may be information sharing or poll taking; it may be a story of faith or their reflections about their years at Church of the Hills Presbyterian.

We have a committed and talented group of current Elders, so whatever the topics, I have no doubt they will be informative and heart-felt. As a Session we look forward to this opportunity to pull back the curtain, as it were, and share our triumphs and challenges as a ruling board for COTH and to COMMUNICATE with our congregation as frequently as possible.

With that introduction, what is on my heart today?
If you were in worship this past Sunday, October 9
, you heard my co-Elder Jill Hesser and me talk about merging the communications and A/V team and developing a growth team (visitors and new members) and a nurture team (special events as coordinated with Deacons). It’s not that the functions formerly known as communications and member development have gone away, and we are certainly not changing or taking over what the Deacons do so well; rather, Jill and I looked at the functions and saw opportunity for expansion from what was already being done well. We also know that there is “strength in numbers,” and merging these committees into a larger “umbrella” group in support of one another made sense.  
As we move forward, I’m excited to see what we can do as a group, and I want to 
challenge each and every one of us to think about HOW we can enter more fully into the life of this congregation
. Think about your passions, your gifts, your vision for the future of Church of the Hills. How is God inspiring you to take another step into the life of our congregation?
  • Are you an outgoing person and do you enjoy meeting new folks? Please join us on the newly forming “growth team” which will be trained specifically to identify, seek out, and welcome visitors. That same team will be coming up with ideas on identifying others within COTHP who may have similar interest areas or professions and perhaps seating visitors with those “mentors” each Sunday. Maybe you would like to join the growth team with the specific plan to take a visitor to lunch after worship, or dinner later in the week. Perhaps simply walking a visitor to the hospitality table for coffee or lemonade and introducing them to other congregants is right up your alley.
  • Do you have a friend or neighbor that you could invite to worship or to a COTHP activity? Bring them along, introduce them to Pastor Chuck, and when it’s time perhaps YOU can be their new disciple mentor.
  • Do you have a passion for understanding the passions of others? All the COTH teams/committees are always in need of new disciples to help in a variety of ways. It is a gift to identify passions in others and align those passions and gifts where they are most needed.
  • Do you have a special interest area and would you be willing to facilitate a small group as it relates to your interest area or passion? Perhaps you have an interest in better understanding the communion elements, and you also have a passion for baking bread. This could be a wonderful small group idea! What would aid you in personal growth and growth in your spiritual life, and how might this become a small group topic for a few others with similar interests or desires?
  • Do you enjoy talking with and listening to children and feel you have some faith wisdom to impart? Offer a parent the opportunity to have their youngster sit with you during worship. We know children are more attentive when they are “on their best behavior” with others!

You get the picture. We are at a very exciting time in the life of Church of the Hills, and there is room for – no, there is a NEED FOR – everyone to participate fully.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

  Colossians 3:23-24 

These are just a few ideas which are primarily related to congregational life. I encourage you to talk with any sitting Elder and offer your support, your ideas, and most valuable of all, your HANDS if you are called to do so.


Kelly Krueger, Elder

Congregational Life