Interrum Pastor of Record
Pastor Bert Mayne will serve as Pastor of Record from 4/15-5/31/20. As of 6/1/20, Pastor Jeff Silvernail will serve as Pastor of Record until at least the end of August.
The discussion with Zion/St. John's, Seward came to an end without an agreement being reached. Next discussions will be with Helderberg Lutheran Church in Berne.
Bethany has signed a two-month contract with Robin Ressler (currently of UMC Church in Barnerville) as directed by Synod. She will be on call as Pastor Zejac was, until we work out a longer term solution.
Meeting of Bethany & Zion St. John's, Seward
Both councils of Bethany & Zion St John's met on Feb. 16th to discuss the possibility of sharing as Intentional Interum Pastor for a one-year time period. there is still much to talk over and we have scheduled a meeting for Feb 29th @ Seward. Most of the discussion is the breakdown of hours vs Sunday Services, and doing what is fair for both congregations.
Subject: Bethany IIP with Pastor Silvernail next Steps - January 15, 2020
Dean Simurro and Pastor Silvernail
Thank you for meeting with Bethany this evening. Following our meeting a motion was made, seconded, and approved by all to allow this process to move to the next steps which is have a similar meeting with you both with Zion St John’s. Following this discussion, and upon a similar motion by Zion St Johns Council the next steps would be for a joint meeting of by Councils to discuss a potential sharing agreement.
As for a timing for all of this, it is anticipated the meeting with Zion St Johns will occur before Pastor Silvernail departs for vacation by the end of January which, pending similar outcomes from Seward will allow both of our congregation councils to meet early February to begin joint scheduling and negotiations of a shared arrangement.
Please keep us posted as to you conversation with Zion St Johns. I have cc’d Bethany Council on this along with Zion St Johns and will also be letting our Congregation know of our next steps.