Transition Task Force Minutes

Members: Pastor Bookshaw, Tom Coburn, Mike Faust, Kathy Marsh, Jaci Roark, Ed Rosa, Sandy Rosa and Julie Price

Pastor Bookshaw opened the meeting by reading Acts 2:42,47 and explained how he sees this as a guide for the church.

             “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the 

             breaking of bread and to prayer.  …  And the Lord added to their number daily 

             those who were being saved.”

Pastor went over the tasks the group would be accomplishing.

Task #1 – Coming to terms with Bethlehem’s History

Task #2 – Discovering a New Identity for Bethlehem

Task #3 – Enabling New Leadership at Bethlehem to be Developed

Task #4 – Renewing Linkage to the Michigan District of the LCMS

Task #5 – Committing to a New Direction in Ministry

Members of the group shared the date when they joined BLC; who was the pastor; what their first impression was; what was their strongest memories.


1970 Sattelmeier,  quaint, Sunday School & Youth

1990 Sattelmeier 

2005 Butler, pastor, friendly people, know everyone

2014 Thiel, easy to become involved, pastor, activities, quilting,  buddy

2017 Thiel, caring, potluck

2019 Thiel, friendly, loving and caring

Members of the group shared their feelings about the last 6 months:

  • annoyed, discouraged, hopeful, 
  • happy, excited, hopeful
  • annoyed, frustrated, empty
  • beautiful, uncooperative, uncomfortable
  • happy, hopeful, unsafe 
  • miffed, concerned, hopeful

Members of the group shared what they thought BLC’s strengths were:

  • Friendly, to visitors and towards one another
  • Facility
  • Leadership
  • Good Core group
  • Bible Study
  • Involvement in the community
  • Cooperation with other community churches

Members of the group shared what they thought BLC’s weakness were:

  • Same people doing all the work
  • No young people
  • Resistance to change
  • Outreach
  • Visitations

Members of the group shared what kind of new ministries they would like to see happening at BLC:

  • Youth Group
  • Sunday School
  • VBS
  • Bell Choir
  • Harvest Dinner
  • Cookie Walk
  • Rummage Sale

Members of the group where ask to share what they saw the future of BLC should look like:

  • Packing the church
  • Bring back people
  • Revival
  • New programs
  • Youth and Sunday School

The group was asked to think about the best way to get the congregation involved in this process.

Pastor Bookshaw closed with prayer.  Next meeting February 16th at 6:00 p.m.