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Experiencing Holy Moments

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Holy moments occur when you least expect them. You stop in your tracks and take in the beauty of God’s creation exhibited in a blazing sunset or a fresh-fallen snow. You see a newborn baby and suddenly experience life as a gracious gift from God. You hold the hand of a loved one, and give thanks for his or her presence and love. These are all holy moments and they are gifts of God.

In early October, I embarked on a pilgrimage of prayer and renewal. I have spent time immersing myself in prayer and in seeking to more deeply discern God’s voice. Several weeks ago, as we sang the Lord’s Prayer during worship, I suddenly felt the overwhelming presence of the Holy Spirit among us. As we sang: “For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever,” our voices rose in strong and beautiful unison. It was a moment of transcendence. God was in our midst, and I felt it.

God is always in our midst. Yet, so often we are so busy with running and doing, that we miss the divine presence. We can even unintentionally shut out the Holy Spirit because we are so focused on business-as-usual. Yet God is ever present, calling us to notice those holy moments of transcendence.

What holy moments have you experienced? Why not share them here? As the people of God at New Hanover, and beyond, we can begin to reflect on how the Holy Spirit is in our midst empowering our lives and our ministry each day. Together, let’s begin a process of deeper discernment of our personal and communal holy moments.

Copyright © 2007 Susan M. Lang

Results from Special Congregational Meeting, December 17th.

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

A Special Congregational Meeting of the New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church was called on Sunday, December 17th 2006. The agenda for the meeting was as follows:

  • To vote on the adoption of the proposed 2007 budget.
  • To vote on the proposed amendment to NHELC By-law 11.01 “Election of Officers at the Reorganization Meeting”
  • The election of six (6) Council members to three-year terms.

The results of the vote(s) were as follows:

  • The proposed 2007 budget was approved by a vote of 197 for (yes), 32 against (no).
  • The change to NHELC By-law 11.01 was approved by a vote of 236 for (yes), 8 against (no).
  • There were eight (8) nominees on the ballot:
    • Ron Hedrick
    • Pamela Law
    • James Mack
    • Debra McKinley
    • Bruce Moyer
    • Nathan Psota
    • Scott Repa
    • Duane Rosenburger

The following members were elected to three-year terms on Congregational Council:

    • Ron Hedrick
    • Pamela Law
    • Debra McKinley
    • Bruce Moyer
    • Scott Repa
    • Duane Rosenburger

Disposition of Parsonage, Congregation Votes!

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

A Special Congregational Meeting of the New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church was called to order by Council President Bill Eddinger on Sunday, October 29th 2006. This meeting spanned all three worship services. The agenda for the meeting was to vote on the subdivision and sale of the parsonage.

The results of the vote were 159 in favor and 63 not in favor the subdivision and sale of the parsonage.

The Council will create an Ad Hoc Committee to look at the utilization of the funds resulting from the sale of the parsonage. Any congregational member over the age of 18 is welcome to participate on this Committee.

Youth Ministry at NHELC

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Since the younger generations are more readily into instant messaging and blogs as a communication avenue, let’s open up the NHELC blog to their views and opinions. So let’s hear from you!

What would you change, add or remove from the current youth ministry programs at NHELC to make it “the place to be” for our youth?

NHELC Website feedback

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

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