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.