Pastor Dave has office hours on Wednesday mornings, and is available Fridays by appointment. He preaches and presides one Sunday each month.
“God, what ministry do you have in store for all of us together?”
Pastor David Shank
Nearing the time of his ordination at St. Paul’s on September 12th
Recently I have noticed something. Perhaps it’s a slight change in the weather, or that pumpkin spice is already showing up at several establishments and the grocery…anyhow, it is truly starting to feel as if autumn is right around the corner. And for your associate pastor, this is my absolutely favorite time of the year. I have shared this before in sermon, and in newsletter article, so I won’t get into that too much, but I do have to say that this autumn will be a very special one for me, and you all, this entire congregation, have been a part of making it that way.
For on the evening at September 12th at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary, Bishop Bill Gohl will be placing the gift of ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on my shoulders and my life. It will be a proud moment for me, and the end to a long journey in my personal, public, and faith life. I intentionally chose St. Paul’s Church to be the site of my ordination because of the impact that this congregation has had on me personally. First, by welcoming our family into your family a few years ago, and then as I became more involved, you all called me in covenant relationship in ministry to one another. Through all of it, in my successes, and my failures, in my strengths, and my shortfalls, I have been humbled by this congregation and the grace that you have exemplified through not only your support to me, but to each other. And for this, I thank God for each and every one of you.
I often take time to walk the beautiful grounds around our church and parsonage in the very early morning, or at dusk. And in these moments of solitude and quiet, I pray for our church and for our church family. I walk these grounds and I ask God, “what can be here at St. Paul’s?” I ask, “what ministry do you have in store for all of us together?”
I suppose part of the fun is figuring out this answer together…
Blessings to each of you members and friends of St. Paul’s, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you.