“A statement from HFASS.
House for all Sinners & Saints is hoping for some grace as we struggle with how to express something our congregation is faced with:
After having moved to two services on Sundays (to accommodate the approximately 2,000 one-time out-of-town visitors we had in a year's time) we are returning again to having one 5p service, starting this Sunday. Why? Because the people who make up this community miss each other.
Having two services had a negative effect on our little congregation. While having an extra service on Sunday made it easier to accommodate out-of-town visitors, youth groups, and worship committees, it also made it harder to connect with each other and more difficult to identify who the local visitors are who might be looking for a church home. We know there is a lot of curiosity about HFASS -- we love it too and totally understand why--and since we can no longer accommodate as many people, we are hoping to make a video available soon that shows what worship is like here so that people who are curious about HFASS can see for themselves...
Our congregation is generous in sharing our Pastor, Nadia Bolz-Weber, with the broader church, so for those looking to meet her, please check her speaking schedule here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber/2014/10/my-2015-speaking-schedule/. We humbly ask that we have her as our pastor, and not a public figure, on Sundays.
Thank you to all those who have joined us in their travels. It was an honor to have you with us, and if we are ever in a situation where we have more space, we will let everyone know. We know it may seem weird to ask for fewer visitors, but for the time being we are choosing to err on the side of just trying to be a congregation rather than on the side of being a destination church. Perhaps we are making the wrong choice, but after two years of being inundated with people visiting us because of our famous pastor, we just need a little space to be together again.
In peace and with thanks,
House for all Sinners and Saints” (read here)
Read more about ELCA Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber here.