Dear Mission del Sol Community,
This has been quite a year! Throughout this first year we have accomplished a lot: together we have worshipped online and in person, served God through mission, learned, grieved, and celebrated together. Below is a short report of the life and ministry of Mission del Sol. We have done a lot this year! A special thanks goes to the staff for all the extra work they put in to make our ministry a success.
You will see the report is broken into the four areas of our ministry: Serve, Grow, Connect and Give. Under each area there is a short summary of our activities, a reminder of the goal the Session and Deacon Board's set for this 2020-2021 program year and some hopes to look forward to in the coming year. Below you will find a link to the agenda for our congregational meeting on May 23, 2021. You can join in person or via Zoom in the link below.
At the meeting we will vote on the pastor's terms of call, a slate of nominees, and on adding an inactive roll to the church bylaws. The purpose of this new roll is to expand the ways individuals can be a part of our ministry even though they are not active in the life and ministry online or in person. Please contact me if you have questions about this new roll. We will also hear a report from the Finance Commission about 2020 and present the 2021 budget.
I want to thank the Nominating Committee for their diligent work in filling our open spots for leadership. Please thank Greg Allemang (Chair), Bill Gunther, Diane Seller, Ted Taylor and John Christie for their work.
I hope you have found God in the life and ministries of the Church. Thank you for your patience as we figured out together how to be Church together through this pandemic. We all play an important part in our community. Thank you for sharing your gifts. See you at the meeting!
Serving God and serving together has been one of the main ways we have stayed connected throughout this year. We ended 2020 by hosting the Synod of the Southwest's Navajo Food delivery. And have faithfully hosted monthly Guadelupe Food Bank collections, East Valley Men's Center sack lunches and regular Meals on Wheels delivery. We also hosted Family Promise three times in person. This year we also tried a few new projects. We gardened at St. Vincent de Paul twice and helped at St. Mary's Food Bank throughout the season of Lent.
We hope that in the coming year we will be able to plan a mission trip in the coming year. We have also been accepted to the Churches in Mission Cohort, a Lily Funded Grant out of Western Seminary to help us discern how we can help serve our neighborhood.
2020-21 GOAL • Creating Multigenerational mission trips and projects.
Cynthia Giroux, Class of 2024 - Elder for Christian Education (3 Years)
Brenda McSwain, Class of 2024 - Elder for Human Resources (3 Years)
Steve Rowe, Class of 2024 - Elder for Finance (3 Years)
Clyde Parks, Class of 2022 - Elder for Facilities (1 Year)
Jan Spence, Class of 2023 - Elder for Social Justice (2 Years)
Melanie Zimmer, Class of 2023 - Elder for Congregational Life (2 Years)
Sally Appleby, Class of 2023 (2 years)
Doug Brown, Class of 2024 (3 Years)
Hilary Cummings, Class of 2024 (3 Years)
Audrey Dieken, Class of 2024 (3 Years)
Maya Duncan-Pope, Class of 2022 (1 Year)
Jeanette Parnell, Class of 2023 (2 Years)
Maria Richards, Class of 2022 (1 Year)
Todd Whittard, Class of 2024 (3 Years)
Jayne Prohaska, Class of 2023 (2 Years)
Flori Welty, Class of 2023 (2 Years)
Pam Allman, Class of 2024 (3 Years)
We began this program year one hundred percent virtually. Sunday Worship started online until the fall when we slowly started to come back to a few things in person. But that didn't hold us back. We have done some fun things this year in worship including Holy Week services, worship in the park, a testimonial Sunday, a Christmas pageant and we can't forget about the installation of our new Pastor!
Our Adult Sunday school classes gained attendance online. Our C.R.E.W. Youth Group started meeting in person for meetings and mission. We decided to deliver monthly lessons to families which was a huge success called Take Out Sunday school. We hosted an Advent and Lent festival at the church for family which were both a lot of fun!
This year our Worship Commission conducted a Worship times survey. The results came back showing that people wanted to attend worship at 9 a.m. 9:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. Session, commissions leading ministries and groups that would be affected by the change all were included in the discussion along with a lengthy report which you can read here. Session voted beginning September 12, worship will be at 9:30 a.m.
We are looking forward to our Urban Mission Trip, planning more fun worship experiences and in person Sunday school beginning in the fall.
2020-2021 GOAL • Building an engaging worship experience through a variety of ways.
Although this year has made connection more challenging, we have risen to the challenge. We started a phone tree to keep members connected throughout monthly phone calls. (If you would like to be added to the phone tree contact the church office.) Members gather on the first and third Friday's of each month on Zoom for Happy Hour from the comfort of your own home. We also had Advent and Lent bags that we delivered to families. We packed Sunshine boxes for our college students and even hosted a church work day to get the church flowerbeds looking good. On Easter we began having Hospitality after worship each Sunday which has been so much fun! We have also had 10 new members join us throughout this year.
This year we also updated our logo and our website. Thank you to the team that worked so hard to make it all happen!
We are looking forward to having opportunities for fellowship and time to be together this fall.
2020-2021 GOAL • 70% percent of members engage in church life each month.
Thank you for giving of your time, talents and financial resources this year. We ended 2020 well even in the midst of this pandemic. So far we are doing very well in 2021 because of your giving. The 2020 Vision campaign has made a difference in our budget and lowering the mortgage. Thank you to everyone who pledged this year. We still have $60,000 in pledges to complete our 2020 Vision Goal of $300,000 over 2020-2021.
We also thank our staff who worked extra hard to make our life and ministry possible during the pandemic. Special thanks goes to Smith, Beryl and Dom. We also said goodbye to Carolyn our office manager and hello to Wendy who started in April.
As you can see from the above activities in our Serve, Grow and Connect areas we are sharing our time and talents with each other. Our hope is in this coming year we will do so even more. We also hope to meet our wish list funding to hire a Christian Education Director.
2020-2021 GOAL • Every member shares at least one talent and/or time with the congregation.
Below are the financial report for 2020 and the budget for 2021. Please contact Wendy or Gordon through the Church office with any questions.