Rector’s Address for Annual Meeting

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2017-10-01 – Year A – Pentecost 9-28 – Rector’s Address for Annual Meeting

The Rev. Christopher M. Klukas


  • 5 Months into my rectorship – it is hard to believe that we have been with you for almost half of a year!
  • We are so thankful to be a part of this community and we truly feel that this is exactly where God wants us to be.

Great Commission

  • Matthew 28:18-20
    • The mission of the Church is to make disciples
    • Disciplemaking begins before someone is a Christian, and it ends in one of two ways. Death or the return of the Lord.


  • Good Samaritan Anglican Church is a loving community reaching people and leading them to become followers of Christ by loving God, loving others, and serving the world.
  • Welcoming Neighbors | Discipling Believers

Welcoming Neighbors

  • Learning Tree – Reaching unchurched families
    • Robin Matheson has been a real answer to our prayers
    • 11 VPK students
    • 6 three-year-olds
    • Chapel program – you should hear them sing “Jesus Loves Me”!
  • Food Giveaway
    • Each month we serve food to 130-150 people
    • God has blessed us abundantly this month so that we can help rebuild people’s stores of food after the hurricane
    • Car Show is coming soon – $2500 sponsorship from Florida Blue
      • Money from the Car Show will go to both the food giveaway and the mission to Cuba in 2018
  • Graphic Identity Update and Website
    • In 2017, a church’s website is the front door of the church. Very few people visit a church without first visiting the church’s website. Our’s now says “welcome”!
  • Newcomers Luncheons
    • First one on Oct. 17 – we hope to do this 4-6 times per year
    • Welcoming Anne Eggers
  • Missional Habits Class – Oct 25, 6:30 pm – 6 wks long, 4 before Thanksgiving and 2 after
    • We can spend lots of time, energy, and money on planning events and advertising them, but the most effective form of outreach is still a personal invitation from you to your friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Whatever we do, we need to maintain a focus on reaching out and serving others.
    • Others First = Life. Me First = Death. When a church ceases to have a heart and ministry for its community, it is on the path toward death. Whenever local churches are mentioned in the New Testament, they are always exhorted to be other-centered.

Discipling Believers

  • “Why would God send us new people if we don’t have a plan to disciple them when they come?” – Canon Mark Eldredge
  • Catechism Class
    • To Be A Christian: An Anglican Catechism
    • Lord’s Prayer | Ten Commandments | Apostles Creed
    • I intend for this to be a major way that we make disciples
    • This is also how I intend to prepare people for confirmation
      • If any of you are interested in getting confirmed this year, please speak to me about it now and plan to get involved in this class.
  • Other weekly Discipleship Opportunities
    • Wednesday Discipleship Eucharist
    • Thursday Bible Study
    • Sunday School Bible Study
    • Other short-term classes
  • As Christian we always need to be growing in our faith. This happens through personal spiritual disciplines, but it also happens through the church.
    • Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17, ESV)
    • Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:2, ESV)
  • Discipleship of Children
    • In the scriptures and throughout most of the history of the Church, the primary responsibility for this has been with Parents passing the faith to their children.
    • The church has an important role to play as well
      • The Church disciples parents and gives them support as they disciple children
      • The Church provides a second witness to the children and lets them know that the things which their parents believe are believed by their whole church community as well.
        • Sunday School
        • Vacation Bible School
        • Thank you to everyone who has contributed to children’s ministry this year!


  • Please pray for this Church – “Lo I am with you always” we need Jesus to give us the strength and direction to do what we do.
    • Laborers for the harvest, and harvest for the laborers
    • Financial provision “give us this day our daily bread.”
    • Pray for me and for the leadership of this church – vision and direction
  • Questions, concerns, ideas? Please come and talk to me.
    • My office is not a scary place. I don’t take offense easily. And I deeply desire to know what is on your hearts.
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