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     I suspect that, for most of you, I need no introduction. After all, we have been associated with one another for about 15 years. However, before now, I was the “stained glass guy”, as well as a pulpit supply off and on.

However, that relationship has changed as of July 1. I am now your interim pastor for the next year.

      What does that mean? First, it is not the same role as a full-time called pastor. I am here, in addition to the

usual pastoral roles, to help the congregation do some self examination and perhaps establish some new

patterns that will help the congregation in its ongoing life and ministry. I would hope also that this time would be a time of healing and reconciliation if and where it may be needed.


      This being the case, it might be helpful if I share my perspective on the church that colors most of what I do here. First, being the church means living out the great commission that Jesus gave his disciples before leaving them. This is our mission, or reason for being the church.

      All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Matthew 28:s18-20 and to carry that out, He has promised, through the Holy Spirit, to supply all the gifts we

need to carry out that mission.

     The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…Ephesians 4:11-12.

     These verses set the stage of all that we do, including what we do in and for the congregation and our call to work to spread the good news of Jesus both near and far. The question now is “How do we go about doing this?” That is the goal for this interim year, to discover those to whom we are sent, to organize in such a way as

to carry out this mission, faithfully and effectively, to plan our actions well and elicit the gifts of our members, and to keep Jesus in center of all that we do.

      In addition, I would like to ask a favor of you. First, the prayers of the people on Sunday morn-ing are meant to reflect the concerns and thanksgivings of the congregation. To that end, if you have petitions that you would like to add, please contact Betty Jean Mumford by Wednes-day of that week so that we can add them. Second, please, if there is need for pastoral care, if you or someone you know of is ill or in the hospital, let us know. Even if a visit is not neces-sary, it would be good for your pastoral team to know about it.


Pastor Paul     

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