It was a day of music, skits, tributes and laughter. The love and friendship were palpable - we hope you enjoy the following message from Charlotte and the following photographs. Thank you to Dave Love and Curt Lundy for the photographs!
Gratitude for an Unforgettable Day and Congregation!
There were many things I wanted to say at the end of the celebration this past Sunday, but I was so overwhelmed with gratitude, all I could do was stand there in a fog and say thank you! So I’m glad I can write this final newsletter for you.
First, as Rabbi Arnie, former leader of Congregation Shir Tikvah, entered our building for the party, he told me how much he was enjoying retirement. And of course, he had a story! He told me about a friend who having just retired was asked by his wife, “What are you going to do today? and he replied, “Nothing.” “But,” she said, “That is what you did yesterday.” “Yes,” he replied, “But I’m not done yet!”
Secondly, most clergy know this, but I’m not sure that congregations do.
“A great congregation makes a good pastor.” In other words a great congregation shapes and molds, advises and teaches the pastor even more than the pastor does that for the congregation. Thank you for making me into a good pastor!
Thank you for all you have taught me over the almost 13 years I have been with you. Thank you for attending worship weekly and being involved in the mission and ministry which I know will continue through Northminster. As I said at the end of the afternoon celebration. I pray you will continue to show God’s love to each other with in these walls, as well as outside of them in the larger community and the world.
Thank you for a fabulous day last Sunday – the words and songs, the music stirring our hearts, the smiles and tears, the laughter of our children, the hugs and the gifts. …I will treasure the sea glass necklace always, and remember how God’s love through you all, has smoothed out my edges into beauty. I am still overwhelmed by the financial gift, and I promise to use it for a special pilgrimage. Thank you! As I go through the cards, photos, and gifts in my memory box, please know I am smiling and crying from sheer joy!
May God bless you and keep you. May God be gracious and kind to you. May God grant you peace, this day and always. Amen.
Below are some photos from the event - you can also see video of it here:
https://youtu.be/FLdBHVkTYD8 Thank you to Dave Love for capturing the video for us!
At its April 6th meeting, Session approved the Sexual Misconduct and Child Protection Policies and Procedures which are a requirement of the Presbytery.
Each congregation is given the freedom to write their own policies as is appropriate for their church.
Thank you to the ad hoc committee who began this process over 2 years ago. The session is grateful for their first draft which was refined and approved. Copies will be available in the office as well as on our website.
Our book group met for the last time for this season, and will be on summer hiatus. We will pick up again in September.
We hope to see you then!
Session approved the Interim Pastor Position Description at a Special Session meeting Sunday, March 26. It was submitted to the Transitional Leadership Subcommittee (TLS) of the Presbytery Committee on Ministry, and we were gratified to receive the following message from Ellen Schreuder, one of our liaisons to the TLS: "Excellent position description. I like the brief history of your church."
Interim pastor candidates are gathered for us by the Transitional Leadership Subcommittee and Diane Agnew, our other liaison and TLS Chair, confirmed the process is underway. We hope to, perhaps, receive a candidate list by Sunday, April 23.
Committee Members: Martha Babcock (Chair), Matt Leight, Larry Sweet, Chris Riddering, Sarah Wright
On Easter Sunday not only did we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we also welcomed three beautiful youth into our congregation as adult members. These are the words I spoke to them on that joyous day:
We rejoice that you now desire to declare your faith and to share with us in our common ministry. In baptism you were joined to Christ, and made members of his church. In the community of the people of God, you have learned of God’s purpose for you and for all creation. You have been nurtured in worship, at the table of our Lord, in church school classes and you are called to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
After the questions of membership I gave each of them a certificate of membership and a wooden cross titled CROSS OF THE VISION, that were made by a friend of mine. Many of you saw the crosses after worship as they wore them around their necks, and here is the write up about the symbolism of this particular cross.
The Vision was followed by the Magi as they followed the star that led them to the Christ Child. The Vision is followed by those who sit beneath the stars and yearn for that time when the lamb will lie down with the lion in the Peaceable Kingdom. It is the Vision of Five: 5 books of the Hebrew Scriptures called the Pentateuch or The Law --- 5 Pillars of Faith in Islam and 5 daily prayers for the Muslim --- the 5th Book of the Christian Scriptures and the birth of the Church and the story of Pentecost.
The Vision comes into focus as it is woven so as to reveal the Star whose life-line is infinite without beginning or end. The Vision is that of the stars of the Drinking Gourd (Big Dipper) and the North Star and the journey to freedom.
The star, carved from Aspen wood, is the vision of hope that makes the soul quiver even as the Aspen leaves quiver as the wind moves through them. The Vision is renewed as the Cross is embraced as a vision of Hope even as the Prophet Isaiah looked to myrtle as a wood that embodied the renewal of hope as experienced in faith.
The Cross of the Vision is the Star that is followed on the path marked with beauty. It is God’s grace that reveals the Star that leads you to your own Bethlehem where your gifts are offered to a world in need. (You can find more crosses by Rev. Woody Shook on www.wooden-crosses.com)
Please welcome our newest members and get them involved in the church!