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. 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.
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.
Pastor Tracy Polzin, Educational Pastor
Tracy has begun her ministry at Our Savior's. Welcome Tracy!
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. 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.
MiSSION Exploration Team (MET) and call teams
Thanks to MET 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.
Thanks to the Education Pastor Call Committee for their service: Scott Roehl, Jeff Riederer, Katie Lois (MET), Joel Harris (HR & MET), Kyle Timmer (Council), Casey Krueger (HR & MET), Sabrina Binns (Youth).
We ask you for your continued prayers for the leaders of our church and the members of the Administrative Pastor Call Committee: Sandra Zenor (Council), Steve Bell (MET), Kevin Kurschner (HR), Al Wilson (MET), Paula Jacobs, Jeff Klaisner as they are in the process of interviewing candidates.