I’m just finishing my second Pentecost Sunday service since I’ve been your full-time pastor. I thought you might like to know how it’s been for me serving you.
First, I love it. I never thought I’d enjoy anything more than teaching, but this I do. Preaching and caring for the community and the congregation is very fulfilling. I really do love it and you. Here are some reasons:
I’m enjoying very much increasing my Bible knowledge. And, I’ve discovered a huge and ever growing collection of supporting reference books and magazines. I’ve not read a mystery (my old fav) in over a year. I don’t feel deprived, either. I’m enjoying picking up the tapestry of God that is woven through the books.
I look forward to visiting our seniors. I’m amazed at how bright and “with it” they are. They read every scrap of the bulletins and the Belltower. When Janet and I arrive, these gals pepper us with questions. They give us hope for our futures.
I love it that I have such a wonderful support staff. You can’t beat Sue for solving problems. My dear friend Janet retired when I took this position. She’s in the office over half the time and is willing to do anything to help as my assistant.
I love it that we are an alternative to very conservative denominations. I know from talking to people that an “open and affirming” denomination is much, much more appealing than a restrictive one. I know people would rather serve than be made to feel constricted and guilty once a week. I just wish I could let everyone know that we’re not only warm and friendly but progressive, too.
I love it that I can “be there” for people in times of great sadness. Planning the last service for a person is sad, but it’s also very satisfying. It’s satisfying because here I have the opportunity to do something that actually begins the healing process.
I love bringing comfort to those who are ill, or just plain bored and lonely. Most of the ill folks come home and continue their lives. Either way, I can help ease a hard situation and that makes me contented and fulfilled.
The Tuesday night community dinners are an added blessing. I love listening to their stories because I’ve “been there” and can give them hope for a better future.
You are a wonderful congregation and I can’t imagine doing anything else in my second profession. I love you all.
Pastor Liz Wilson