Ministry is always done in the context of a specific time and place. For us at St. John’s it is in the context of the Borough of Phoenixville and Schuylkill Township during the early 21st century! So as we plan for mission and ministry it is extremely important to understand our time and place. For this purpose there will be two Community Engagement Panels that will allow us to have conversations with key community leaders and residents.
The first panel will be on Saturday, February 2nd from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Kley Hall. The leaders that morning are Dr. Louis Beccaria, President/CEO of Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, E. Jean Krack, Borough Manager of Phoenixville, and Steve Tullman, President/CEO of Phoenixville Hospital.
The second panel will be on Sunday, February 3rd from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., again in Kley Hall. The Sunday leaders are Jessica Capistrant, President/CEO of the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce, Rey Rodriguez, President of Phoenixville Jaycees, Peter Urscheler, Mayor of Phoenixville and Dr. Le Roy Whitehead, Assistant Superintendent of the Phoenixville Area School District.
Areas to be discussed are the major changes that have taken place in our community in the past five years and what it might look like in another five years, the difficult issues and challenges our community leaders face, the signs of hope they see in the future and what groups are doing the most to address community needs, and the role of religious communities in addressing important issues.
While the panels have been organized by a sub-group of our Strategic Plan Team, the whole community is invited. Please invite friends and neighbors to attend with you. It is such a gift to have these community leaders give of their time and expertise to us. We are blessed!