Thursday, March 26, 2009

Announcement

Things around here have been quiet for a while. I think that is because I've had a lot on my mind, and much of it has been "un-bloggable." The announcement has now been made, however, and I can share with my blog friends what has been going on.

Here is the statement I read in church last Sunday:

On July 1, 2004 I was appointed as your Associate Pastor. I count these past five years as a great blessing and joy. In this time we have worked and played and wept and rejoiced together as brothers and sisters in Christ, and for this I thank God.

Over the past year, with much prayer and reflection, it has become clear to me that God is calling me to a new ministry in a different place. It is with excitement, but also with no small amount of grief, that I acknowledge this call.

On my appointment update form for this year I indicated a desire for a new appointment with the wish to return to a solo pastorate. Last week I received confirmation from Rev. Heidi Chamberland, our District Superintendent, that my request will be honored. Gary and I will be moving to a new church as of this July 1st. I don’t yet know where the new church will be, but I trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit working through the Bishop and the Cabinet as they discern a good match for my gifts in ministry.

In the meantime, I look forward to these next three months together in ministry. Trusting that God was present with us five years ago in my appointment here, I trust that God is present with us now ~ all of us ~ in this transition. It is my hope that we will hold each other in prayer during this time of change.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Tough Week

This has been a tough week. Within two days our church experienced two major losses. A 44 year old mother of 4 died on Saturday after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was our nursery coordinator. On Sunday we got word that the 27 year old daughter of one of our most active and well loved members died suddenly and unexpectedly. The congregation has been reeling from both tragedies. One of the funerals is tomorrow and the other is Sunday. In between these two services I have to go on the Confirmation Retreat. Please pray for me!

In the midst of this tough week we were hit by an early March snow storm. Bringing the boys outside to play as the snow was falling added some much needed distraction and fun to what seems like an unbearable situation. Here are some photos of our silly boys. I thank God for them every day!