Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

September was a busy month at Kairos-Milwaukie, especially for the Council, with action three weeks in a row. Our Council met on the 16th, had a retreat on Saturday the 22. As I write this, I am off to the Central Pacific Conference annual meeting in Pendleton from Friday the 28th through Sunday the 30th. October will begin harvesting the fruits of that activity.

Council Retreat

On Saturday the 22nd, the Council met at the Pankratz’s lovely home to consider our core beliefs, review the past and look to what we would do this coming year. The value of community, music, joy, support and worship in many forms were among the elements we pictured (in crayon) in small groups.

The goals for last year were largely met, and several continue into this year, including a mission trip for youth, now to Pine Ridge instead of Hawaii, involvement in immigrant justice and continued support of music, Green Team and more art.

This year we focused our goals in three main areas:

  • Social Justice, including becoming an immigrant-welcoming congregation. The resolution for that is in the PACE with the Council meeting minutes.
  • Faith formation, for both youth and adults
  • Outreach, to local neighbors, congregations, and the wider church community

These, and supporting specific actions, will be posted in the church office as a reminder of our focus.

In sum, we came away enriched, inspired and intent on continuing and enhancing our warm, welcoming, loving community that thrives through practical, responsible, authentic action.

Open Invitation

I believe that the biggest part of moderating is learning about church needs and doing something to meet them, so please feel free to let me know what you think Kairos-Milwaukie needs.