Krispy Kreme doughnuts are one way to entice folks out of bed to a Saturday morning meeting. The gooey treats seemed to work – or something did – for we had 100% of our leadership team in attendance to plan for the last quarter of 2014 and 2015. Fr. Kevin Maney began the meeting by leading us in Morning Prayer. The “cool” aspect of this corporate worship? We used electronics rather than using reams of paper to guide us. Click here for a short clip of Morning Prayer. The business of this meeting covered vast territory, all under the umbrella of our mission statement, to be changed by God to make a difference for God. Fr. Kevin first presented the proposal to recommend Dr. Monroe Dowling to the diocese for consideration to begin studying to become a vocational deacon. Dr. Dowling is one of the founding members of St. Augustine’s and a member of the leadership team. His desire is to serve in a role as a chaplain, which is aligned to his life’s work as an oncologist. The team enthusiastically endorsed this idea. Fr. Ric Bowser presented his proposal to align his counseling ministry with St. Augustine’s ministries as a family systems therapist. The group embraced this partnership idea, which supports the church’s goal to promote a prayer and healing ministry at St. Augustine’s. Fr. Philip Sang provided details of a young man in Kenya, who has begun seminary, but does not have the funds to continue the two-year course of study. We agreed to provide support for this fall and to promote his cause to members of the church and those outside our congregation. In view of the Christian persecution in our world today, offering financial assistance to one who wants to serve the Lord seems appropriate Kingdom work. Our congregation will continue to support Fr. Philip and his family, as well, as he pursues his work to be trained in the chaplaincy. We discussed the development of our small group structure, and we reviewed our current ministries. Slight modifications were made, and new ideas are being developed for the coming year, including a prayer ministry, led by Fr. Ron Feister and Fr. Bowser. The church continues to seek a more permanent place for worship and ministry. Sarah Hubbard, the president of the leadership team, updated the group on the steps we are now taking to find an affordable leased space in the Westerville area. She said that the building committee is exploring three new options as we pray for God’s guidance. We closed this meeting with a passage Fr. Ric read from Richard Roar, a Franciscan monk. Brother Roar’s writing asked us this: How much experience do we draw from the Holy Spirit? The challenge in the months ahead as we plan and budget for ministries and a more permanent worship space? Seek a legitimate encounter with God as we seek our next steps. Fr. Ron led us in a prayer of benediction, and we dispersed with joy and laughter. God is great, and God is good.