From: Bishop Gary Wollersheim [mailto:Bishop@nisynod.org]
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 3:19 PM
Subject: Letter from Bishop Gary Wollersheim
November 30, 2009
Dear West Conference Rostered Leaders:
Grace and peace be unto you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I am writing to let you know that a group of members from Faith Lutheran Church in Moline will be gathering at Trinity Lutheran in Moline , for worship and conversation beginning Sunday December 6, 2009. We have asked Pastor Joe Robb to convene this group from Faith Lutheran. Trinity Lutheran has graciously offered to provide space and hospitality.
This is the result of a meeting with Faith Lutheran members following the recent “Coffee with the Bishop” held at Trinity. This meeting was attended by about 30 members of Faith Lutheran as well as Synod Council members Bill Bartlett, Karen Dowsett and Assistants to the Bishop Pastors Michel Clark, Kurt Nordby and Jeff Clements . Providing an opportunity for members of Faith to gather, worship, pray and discuss how to address the deep conflicts at Faith Lutheran Church is a part of the Northern Illinois Synod plan to provide support to ELCA members at the time congregations are voting to leave the ELCA (see the attached especially numbers 5 and 7).
Please remember in your prayers Faith Lutheran Church members and Pastor Mark Gehrke , and the group of members from Faith gathering at Trinity along with Pastor Robb.
“Gracious Father, we pray for your holy catholic church. Fill it with all truth and peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it; where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in need, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.”
Bishop Gary Wollersheim