Dear Members and Guests of Wellspring Covenant Church,
The Servant Leadership Council (SLC) has accepted Pastor Dale’s request to be granted full retirement from his pastoral duties. We unanimously granted his request, albeit with regret, as we will miss his presence on the council, and we know the church will miss his rich spiritual insights, sense of humor and love for each one of us. We, however, can take joy in knowing that he is being released from ministry to Wellspring by God while being assigned to minister to Bev and his wonderful growing family. Our acceptance of PD’s retirement also marked the beginning of our “transition period”. We gratefully have pastors Cheryl and Rebecca who have performed so well during PD’s recent sabbatical. We also have much support and available guidance from the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) denomination. Jean Cheng Gorman, Director of Ministerial Health Pacific Southwest, is a resource sent by ECC denomination. She has met with us (SLC and pastors) to counsel and provide guidance as we plan ahead. Here are some important upcoming events to accomplish a smooth and orderly transition:
This is an official two-week prior notice of our Church Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, 01.19.2020. This meeting will be held after service on January 19 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. We invite all registered members, regular guests and friends of Wellspring to attend. The agenda will include the following:
Church Annual Meeting Agenda:
• Presentation of our financial reports, trends, and accomplishments of the past year, 2019.
• Presentation of new Servant Leadership Council members. Vote to be taken.
• Presentation of suggested change to church constitution provision and exception. Vote to be taken.
The current church constitution requires Wellspring to search for a Senior Pastor. The SLC will request that a change to our Constitution to allow for a search for a Senior Pastor or Co-Pastors be approved.
Important Dates to Note:
• Pastor Dale’s last date- 02.23.2020
Special Celebration of Pastor Dale’s Ministry- Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm. At the Hawaii Okinawan Center.
This will be an invitation to all who have been shepherded or helped by Pastor Dale, or laughed at his jokes. We are planning for a ticketed affair at a venue to be selected.
As we continue in this transition season together, the SLC is comforted in knowing that God is inviting us to continue learning and growing together in new ways. We trust that the One who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it, and we look forward to continue being on this journey with each of you.
In Christ’s love,
John Enomoto - Chair, Daisy Yoshimura, Darren Hara, Donna Pai, Anna Paro & Joe Marshall