Pastor Carolyn's Corner
Autumn Greetings everyone!,
My article for this month is really three different topics, so it is divided into two sections…
Over the summer, I spent time writing about changes here at St. Paul’s. This month, we return to this topic. This time, its Pastoral Changes. To get this out there first:
NEITHER PASTOR GERRY NOR I ARE LEAVING! What is changing is the amount of time Pastor Gerry will be with us each week.
To ease into retirement, Pastor Gerry is decreasing his time with us from three days a week and one Sunday a month (plus the Thursday night service) to being with us one day a week and continuing his schedule of preaching here once a month. He will continue to focus on visitation, so what this means is the visits will be concentrated to his one day per week. The one day he will generally be here is Friday. That is my Sabbath day, which means he will be “on call” for emergencies on Friday as well as doing scheduled visits.
Pastor Gerry will continue to be the Pastor of the Community of St. Dysmas. Being here one Sunday a month allows him to continue travel around the Synod sharing that work with other congregations on the weeks when he is not with us at St. Paul’s.
Pastor Gerry will also generally be the person to fill in on weekends when I am away from the congregation for vacation or events as well as being on call during those times.
His work here is greatly appreciated and he has made many connections to the members of our congregation. While he will be decreasing his time as a way to prepare for full retirement, I am glad he is continuing to serve here with us!
As you have heard, this October 31 marks the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Each year we have a festive worship service to commemorate this event. This year, since it’s the 500th anniversary, our celebration will be even more festive! Join us on October 29th for this very special worship service! We will have one service that day, at 10:00AM!
September 24 through October 8 we will be participating in the LEAD Assessment. The Assessment is 20 questions and computers will be set up on Sunday mornings (and Thursday evenings) for you to participate while you are at church. If you prefer, there will be inserts with instructions to complete the assessment at home as well as hard copies at church which can be filled out and returned to the office.
This assessment gives us information about the congregation which will help us as we go through this LEAD process together! Please take time to participate either following a worship service or at home!