By the Rev. Karsten Nelson, pastor at Our Redeemer, St. Paul
Kum Ba Ya is about to be sung umpteen times around bonfires at camp this summer. It is translated as most of you know as 'come by here'. It is a call for God to come near in all kinds of situations.
My hope is that you can hear and respond to the voice of the Saint Paul Area Synod as they are singing/writing/sending out emails with the invitation and plea to 'come by here' to take the Mayo Health Assessment.
- Do it for your health.
- Do it to earn $150 right away toward your 2012 health care costs (15 minutes to earn $150 is a great deal!).
- Do it to qualify for another $350 in extra health care benefits--wow. Spouses can do this too to double your 'reward' and count toward the final total.
- Do it to earn the congregations of our synod $44,000 (as a two percent reduction in medical premiums billed to congregations).
- Do it to help earn the synod $22,000 to spend for sabbatical support and congregational team development. I am one who received a $1000 for a sabbatical this summer and it came simply because enough of us filled out the health assessment last year.
I join my voice with the synod staff and others who have already taken Mayo Health Assessment and sing out to you, 'Kum Ba Ya' - come by here (www.elcaforwellness.org), and help yourself and our wider community. We only have until April 30 and there will be either loud rejoicing or gnashing of teeth as we only came close.