Staff Reflection

Behind the scenes on Monday mornings….

"With him we are sending the brother who is famous among all the churches for his proclaiming the good news; and not only that, but he has also been appointed by the churches to travel with us while we are administering this generous undertaking for the glory of the Lord himself and to show our goodwill. We intend that no one should blame us about this generous gift that we are administering, for we intend to do what is right not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of others.” 2 Cor 8:18-21

A small but important team of volunteers gathers each Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. Two members of the team meet me at the safe, after I have gathered the two keys required to access it. The keys are held by two different people. The safe is opened and the previous week’s mail and Sunday’s offering is taken from the safe for counting.

The contents is sorted between checks and cash. On a form provided, each check is recorded with name, amount, check # and purpose. The cash likewise. Once recorded, the amount written on each check is added and reconciled to the total on the form. The cash is counted and reconciled to the total on the form. The checks are endorsed, the bank deposit prepared, and one of the team members takes the deposit to the bank.

This whole process takes about 1 ½ hours. I am available to answer questions.

The team is officially known as the Audit Team, but their function is really accounting for the offering. It is a service which requires a high level of confidentiality, being detail oriented, a sense of the work being holy, and decent penmanship.
Thank you to the current team of four and the many who served faithfully in the past.

Former team members included: Louise Porter, Archie Rohden, Betty Gibson, Carolyn Garrels, Dorothy Tuttle, Jo Hartle, Karen Shaffer, Donald Shirk, Dick & Betty Henry, Bob Meisenheimer, Gene Weber, Robert Gates, Jo Gates, Lyle Hoffmann, Don Driscoll, Pat & Dick Noyce, Norma Harding, Shan Loeffel, Helen Parker, Barbara Snuggs, John Phillips and Dick Wissink.

Should you feel called to this ministry please call me at 274.1534, e-mail me at or stop.

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Pastor Ken Announces his Retirement

A Message from Ken Arentson. . .

Dear Friends,

At Monday night’s meeting the Session voted to concur with my request to retire as of July 31 of this year. Age may just be a number, and birthdays don’t haunt my mind, but turning 72 seems to me to be a signpost inviting me to consider creating more time in my life (and Sue’s!) for things that have been “on the shelf,” such as doing a little writing, finally really getting to work on the old Volkswagen in the driveway, seeing growing grandchildren more often, creating space for other life experiences.

My retirement has been under discussion between Pastor Scott and myself for some time now, and we both have been consulting with the Human Resources Committee as well. Another decision has come from those consultations: the Session also voted to approve my continuing to serve Westminster as a part-time volunteer. This is good news for me; I am not tired of Westminster!

Presbyterian ministers are among the shrinking number of those privileged to actually have a pension in these changing times. Though a pension is an earned benefit, and I have worked hard to earn it, right now it feels more like a blessing and a gift from a caring congregation. It also creates an opportunity. The money that has been spent on my compensation can be freed up for some other initiative as the church moves forward into the future God unfolds for all of us.

So, what happens now? Details are still being worked out but I will be doing some pastoral care and visitation, documenting some history, doing some weddings and funerals in consultation with Pastor Scott, assisting with transition. In church life as Westminster embraces the future. By the end of July I will move out of my current office to make room for new staff who will certainly be coming. I will no longer serve on policy-making boards of the church, such as the Session and committees such as Human Resources. Other changes will be occurring. More on all of that later!

In the meantime, please know that I continue to value your faithfulness, generosity, and your commitment to all that is good; your sense of mission, your willingness to laugh, and your warm-hearted support are all things I treasure. We live in God’s love together. As we look to the future, please remember a word from the God who loves us all:

“For surely I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans for
your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13

 

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