As most of you know, Paul Bramel will be retiring from his position of Business Manager at the end of May.   Paul has served St. Luke so well and so faithfully for several years now.   We will miss him and the many hats that he has worn.   In anticipation of this, various groups have been working for some time to develop a plan to “replace” Paul.   What we quickly ascertained was that Paul wore so many different hats that his position could not be filled by just one person. The Staff Parish Team (in conjunction with the Finance Team and Servant Leadership Team) has developed a plan which involves some shifting of staff responsibilities and the anticipated hiring of a Financial/Administrative Assistant who will handle the bookkeeping aspects of the church.   We have had numerous applicants for this position and will be moving to hire someone soon so they can have time to train with Paul before he leaves.

Mark Walz

Mark Walz

Ed Towle

Ed Towle

But Paul’s job was so much more than merely keeping the books.   He was also responsible for all the technology in the church.   Under the new plan, those responsibilities will be shifted to Mark Walz, who will become the Director of Technology and Communications.    Mark is gifted in this area and will serve the church well.   This shift of responsibilities will mean that Mark will need to relinquish some of the secretarial functions of his position, and those will be assigned to the new Financial/Administrative Assistant.   Paul was also responsible for some of the maintenance and day-to-day operations of the facility.   The church has been in the process of shifting all those responsibilities to Ed Towle, the Facility Manager, and with Paul’s retirement that transition will be completed.  Paul also was the payroll officer for the church.   The Finance Team has decided to outsource that portion of the job to a professional group that handles the payroll for many churches and businesses in the community for a very minimal fee.

Of course, the major portion of Paul’s position relates to complete oversight of the giving and budgeting of the church, as well as developing all avenues of giving and stewardship. The key components of that part of the position are a high level of trust, familiarity with the church family and the ministries of the church, and complete confidentiality.Nora Conner   People like that are very difficult to find; however, it became apparent that St. Luke was blessed to already have someone on staff who would be ideal to assume those roles. The Staff Parish committee and the Servant Leadership Team are pleased to announce that Nora Conner will assume the role of Associate Pastor of Ministries and Stewardship upon Paul’s retirement.   Nora has already been working in many of these areas and, of course, is well known, loved, and trusted by the church family.  Her new responsibilities will include the overall oversight of the finances of the church as well as helping the church to develop fully its understanding of the Stewardship of all our God-given resources.  As she assumes these new responsibilities, she will need to pass on her work with Sunday School, Wednesday.Comm, and other adult discipleship program areas.   Staff Parish will be addressing that in the very near future.   The implementation of this overall plan will position the church well to continue to move forward in ministry and service in the years to come, building on the wonderful foundation that Paul has established,  and we will be able to make all these changes with negligible impact on the budget.  I know you will join in praying for Paul as he retires and Mark, Nora, and Ed as they assume these new responsibilities. May all ,these things be to the Glory of God and His Church.

Pastor Mark Girard

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