On Thursday, July 19, twenty-two of our area sister LCMS congregations’ elders, deacons, leaders, and pastors met at St. John Lutheran in Casey to continue discussing how our area congregations could work together. We talked about what’s going on with Immanuel Lutheran in Adair, IA. They are in a holding pattern trying to figure out how to move forward together; however, they are not stuck because at least once a month they have a joint worship service with St. John, Casey, alternating between Adair and Casey with Pastor Kuening (Dexter & Casey) leading them and are conducting a survey of all their members. St. John Lutheran, Adair, will be closing in September. We also spent quite a bit of time talking about how we might form an area, circuit youth group that would meet every so often led by lay leaders from the involved congregations with assistance from the pastors. All members of our area LCMS congregations are invited to continue this discussion on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 7 PM, at St. John Lutheran in Casey.