Posted on Mon, Jan 2, 2006
report for the Congregational year-end report
2005 Evangelism Committee Report
The Evangelism Committee was blessed to grow by two new members last year, Sherri Clark and Steve Webb. The rest of the team included So Young Namikawa, Susan Gruetzmacher, Betty Hardaway, and Garret Pick, who served as chair.
We invite you to regularly visit our page on the website at http://www.calvarybythesea.org/mod/group/view.php?group_id=3 which describes many of the ways we try to serve, including providing the technical support and consultation for Calvary’s website itself. We’ve found that the website is not only a great Evangelism tool which brings new visitors to Calvary, but can also be an effective means of communicating within our own ohana.
Last year, we continued to shepherd new members at Calvary by sponsoring both a spring and fall session of three week orientation “introductions” One of our main missions is to grow the congregation at Calvary and we feel this is one of the most important ways we serve.
We also continued to coordinate the logistics of ordering and preparing the Japanese New Testaments. Each of the over 1000 Japanese couples that is married each year at Calvary receives one of the special gifts from Calvary as part of our wedding ministry and international outreach. These gifts continue to be well received by each couple. A big mahalo goes to SoYoung for leading this effort and streamlining the preparation of the Bibles, which has allowed the team to spend more time focusing on other priorities.
Another service we continued from 2004 was the publishing of the membership directory with pictures. If your picture is not yet in the directory, please email a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org; otherwise we will again publicize a few “Picture Sundays” in 2006.
Last year marked the beginning of Stephen Ministry at Calvary By The Sea. Training of the new ministers is well underway and this looks like it will be a wonderful new ministry at Calvary helping those who are in need.
For our visitors to Calvary, Susan printed color postcards with a beautiful picture of the sanctuary. Our hope is that this will bring more visitors to Calvary and provide those who visit with a small gift to help them remember their worship experience. We’d like to thank Norris Sandvold for the original idea and also for funding the printing of the first batch. Feel free to help the ushers pass these out on Sunday mornings or send them to your friends inviting them to visit.
We are looking forward to 2006. On March 30th, we are sponsoring a visit by Pastor Mark Dahle. He will be leading a healing seminar that you don’t want to miss. We hope to see most of the congregation there as well as members of the community who have never been to Calvary.
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