Since the beginning of February, members of the Transition Team have been gathering information from Emaus ELCA members in order to have accurate information and input for the Mission and Ministry Profile that is being prepared. The MSP (Ministry Site Profile) reflects who we are as a congregation, our mission, and what gifts we hope our next pastor will bring. The eleven-page document also includes references and gives demographic background and other information that will be valuable as a good match is sought in the bilingual pastor who will eventually be called to serve Emaus.
At the time of this writing, we believe that we have heard from all who have desired to have a voice in the process, and the information is now being compiled and translated into English and Spanish. A draft copy will be sent to the Synod office and will also be available for review by the congregation in mid April. The goal of the Transition Team is to have a Call Committee in place by early May. The Call Committee, to be made up of three English speakers and three Spanish speakers will be working directly with Pastor Kristin Nielsen, Assistant to the Bishop, who works with congregations and candidates in the call process. This process will involve a nationwide search.
As part of the administrative and financial unification following the formation of Emaus ELCA, the following has already taken place:
- Registration of the papers of merger and incorporation with the Registrar of Deeds at the Racine County Court House
- Receipt of a new EIN number
- Meeting of finance group (Art Smith, Noemi Beltran, Pastor Mary, Carol Yust, Pastor Gabriel and Juan Carlos Cabrera) to recommend the new bank accounts to be established, signers, and process to be followed
- Setting up new bank checking and savings accounts (to begin use May 1)
- Ordering new check books
- Application and receipt of DUNS number
- Advising vendors and grantors of new name (ongoing)
- Application for new tax-exempt number from the state
- Receipt of letter from ELCA stating 501 (c) 3 status of congregation
The new name now appears on letterhead and other documents coming from the church office, and the new web address is: emauselca.org. Our new e-mail address is EmausELCARacine@gmail.com.
The Transition Team initiated planning for the upcoming Fiesta Mexicana, one of the major fundraisers, which will be held May 7. A team to work on history and the cornerstone ceremony to take place on Pentecost Sunday, May 15, is being formed. Sunday, June 5, a congregational meeting has been set for 10:15 a.m. for the purpose of electing a new bilingual leadership council. Meanwhile, a nomination committee is being formed to bring a recommended slate of candidates to that meeting. By the end of April the delegates (one English speaking and one Spanish speaking, plus two pastors) must be registered to attend the annual Synod Assembly, to be held at Carthage College June 4 and 5. Cathy Meyer has been named as the English-speaking delegate.
Future work of the Transition team will include discussion on signage, the possibility of a picture directory, technology and communication, building use and maintenance, as well as other details that need to be addressed prior to the June 21 bilingual council meeting. At that meeting, the new council will carry on with any unfinished business of the Transition Team, and it is anticipated that the role of Pastor Mary as consultant for the major work of the transition process will end by July 31. She will continue to provide support to Carol Yust, Outreach Director, in the writing and seeking of grants and funding as needed. Questions or concerns to be addressed to the Transition Team may be directed to Pastor Mary, firstname.lastname@example.org.