we are now in The "Call Process" at Our Savior's
The Lutheran Call Process is unique because it is an effort to discern what God wants for the local church and for the whole Church in order that the Gospel may be proclaimed and the Sacraments administered in accordance with the Gospel. Calling a pastor can be a special time for reflection and prayer in the life of a congregation. This time of transition is an opportunity for the Council to provide encouragement, trust in God, unity and spiritual growth. Prayer, Bible study, and regular devotions keep the leadership spiritually centered as it guides the congregation in grieving its loss, assessing the current congregational strengths and weaknesses, creating a vision for mission and ministry, and calling two new pastors to serve with Pastor Rod Resheske.
MiSSION Exploration Team (MET)
MET developed two "Ministry Site Profiles". Thanks to these team members for their dedication and vision: Lead - JoAnne Lamp; Council Reps: Jason Kelly, Kris Timmer; HR : Joel Harris, Casey Krueger; Strategic Plan: John Rodell, Katie Lois; Members-at-Large: Molly Neumann, Al Wilson, Steve Bell, and Staff Representative: Pastor Rod Resheske. The profile summaries are visible online. Enter CITY: Oconomowoc and STATE: Wisconsin and click on Search. The full profiles will be made available only to candidates deemed a good match by the Synod.
CALLING A PASTOR
To be in a mutual ministry with the lay members of a congregation is an important event. We believe it is our Lord Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, who guides the Call Process. The foremost question for the Call Committee always is whether this is the person God requires this congregation to have as its Pastor. In the Call Process, the Bishop, the Congregation, and the prospective Pastors work together with the guidance of the Holy Spirit to bring about a new partnership that is faithful to the Gospel, empowers the local church in its ministry, and strengthens the whole Church as people of God.
The Call Committees are responsible for receiving names, determining the candidate visit and interview process, conducting interviews, and bringing a candidate to the Council and congregation. The Call Committees were established in compliance with our constitution. An Affirmation of the Call Committees was conducted at both services, Sunday, September 10th. We thank the following people for their service on these very important committees. We ask you for your continued prayers for the leaders of our church and the members of the Call Committees. Education Pastor Call Committee: Scott Roehl, Jeff Riederer, Katie Lois (MET), Joel Harris (HR & MET), Kyle Timmer (Council), Casey Krueger (HR & MET), Sabrina Binns (Youth) Administrative Pastor Call Committee: Sandra Zenor (Council), Steve Bell (MET), Kevin Kurschner (HR), Al Wilson (MET), Paula Jacobs, Jeff Klaisner
Pastor Tracy Polzin, Educational Pastor
At a Special Meeting of the Congregation held Sunday, January 7th, it was approved to extend a call to Pastor Tracy Polzin for Education Pastor at OSLC. Details are being worked out however, we hope to have her start by the end of February. Originally from Minnesota, Tracy graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she majored in Elementary Education. Upon graduation, Tracy joined Youth Encounter, where she spent a faith formative year traveling the US and West Africa as part of music ministry team. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN and interned at the American Church in Berlin which serves the international community in Berlin, Germany. Following seminary she was called to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Racine WI where she served as pastor for 9 years. Tracy most recently served as the Camp Director at Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, an ELCA camp, located in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Tracy is passionate about sharing the Gospel with people of ALL ages and loves encouraging people to use the gifts God has given them in ministry and service in their daily lives. Tracy is married to Mike and they have two girls. In her personal time, Tracy loves to travel (she has been to 6 of the 7 continents), explore new places, read books, and hike in God’s Creation. Tracy, and her family, are extremely excited for the opportunity to join the congregation and community at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
The Call Committee is in the process of interviewing candidates for an Administrative Pastor. Please pray during this important process.
Interim Pastor Kimberly Jordan has accepted a call at Church of the Resurrection in Pewaukee.
Her last day was Sun., Jan. 7, 2018.
Thank you for your time at Our Savior's, Pastor Kimberly!