Our church is on its way to search for a new pastor. We have started in January with table talks to discuss questions about the church. This month’s table talks will discuss your hopes for a new minister of Word and Sacrament. The Mission Study Report is the next step on our journey. Chapters in this report include our history, a description of the congregation today, and our vision and initiatives for the future. The Mission study report will be written and compiled by capable members. And, you will have an opportunity to read and discuss the Mission Study Report before it is submitted to the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry. We are on this journey together and preparing for the future with God’s help.
You may have heard me say in the past that my sponsoring church during seminary was Presbyterian Church of the Way. This 1960’s congregation sought to emulate the early church by gathering in small groups, studying the scriptures, growing in Christ and following God’s Way. “The journey is our home” was a reminder to seek God’s presence as we traveled often into unknown territory just as the Israelites were led by God to the Promised Land. Jesus blazed a new path of Grace giving access and an on ramp to outsiders.
Our February scriptures can be considered road signs for our journey starting with Micah 6:1-8. What does God require of us? To consider the ways in which we act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God. The Mosaic of Peace journey to Israel is one way to step forward as Presbyterians to understand and dialogue with Christians, Jewish and Muslim people in Israel. Our Presbytery Leader, Susan Orr will be talking out the Peacemaking program on February 23 in the Adult education class and 10:30 am worship. I hope you will make time to hear her. There are many exciting things happening at the Presbyterian Church in February 2020.
May we walk God’s Way together, Pastor Deb