But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:26-27)
We are an institution in a volatile place. We have spent the past year(s) opening ourselves up in vulnerability, going deeper and deeper, telling and listening to our stories, and uniting in a common vision. And then, just as we took that courageous step into unity that is committed relationship and community, a place of defenselessness and humility, we were hit with the bombshell of cancer… and the loss of leadership and planning and organization that inevitably comes with it.
Together in prayer we asked, “What now?” Individually in quiet corners we questioned, “Was all of this for nothing?”
And so we planned what we could plan and then, with confidence in one another and faith in God’s love and loyalty to our community… we stepped back.
I’ve been watching your good and faithful work this summer. I’ve seen how the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, has lead our leadership to take the reigns of this church and it’s organizational needs. I’ve seen how this divine spirit called so many of you again and again to Show Up on Sundays, for mid-July meetings about plumbing, interim pastors, and the crisis of death. I watched you show up for each other, generously sharing the divine within yourselves through compassion and mercy and presence.
I’ve been watching and, in doing so, have witnessed the presence of God in you.
On September 8th, this year’s Rally Sunday, I look forward to returning to the pulpit and to leadership. I can’t wait to share with you all some of what I’ve been researching in my downtime this summer. I’m excited to step back into a place of leadership among you and alongside our interim, Rev. Wayne Earl.
However, I will not lead at the expense of the beautiful Spirit of humble leadership that has evolved these past months. Instead, I will be listening to both your minds and your hearts. I will be giving space to the leadership of our many ministries to explore what has been learned by this holy presence. And I will be calling us to a place of peace. Peace because when we allow for The Advocate – The Holy Spirit – to lead us in the way of God’s call, we can be assured that we will live!
Thank you all for leaning into your faith, taking up responsibility for leadership, and for Showing Up this summer. I can’t wait to discover what the Spirit has in store for us this fall!
Let’s talk logistics! As mentioned above, I will be returning at ½ time (25 or so hours a week) beginning Tues, September 3rd. W
Wayne and I will hold office hours Tuesday mornings
Cuppa Faith Formation will resume EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY beginning Wednesday, September 11th.
Sunday school and nursery care will continue to be held every Sunday with the exception of intergenerational Sundays (will be advertised 2 weeks prior.)
Confirmation (if your child is of age for this program you have already been contacted) will begin in November. Communications to follow…
½ time is a challenging schedule to hold for a minister! I will do my best to attend to the priorities of both the church and each of you, but please tell me if there is something you need from me! And do not hesitate to tell me if I missed an opportunity to care for you at a time when you needed me. These are opportunities for me to grow and improve the work I do for and with you.
If you are a chair of one of our many ministries I would like to hear what you are up to! Send me a note or give me a call. I’m looking forward to thanking you for your dedicated work while celebrating your vision for your ministry!