As you read this, I am halfway through my first month as your called, settled pastor at Zion United Church of Christ.
I have been beginning to get acclimated to the church and the community. I want to thank all those who have reached out to me and to my family in the last few weeks and in the months leading up to my coming to the Ohio Valley. Your loving and warm welcome has been a great blessing to me and to my entire family.
In the weeks ahead I plan on reaching out to the members of Zion, getting to know you, hearing your stories and dreams.
I have heard that there have been many different ways pastors have lead Zion in the past, so I just want to share a bit about how I operate.
First, my door is always open. If you have a comment, concern, a worry, a complaint, please come to me. I want to hear if you think something needs to be addressed. There are few things I dislike more than hearsay or rumors. Come to me in person, write a letter and sign it. That way I can personally talk with you, and personally address your concerns.
I am a person that likes to laugh, smile, talk, and have a good time. I want our church and our worship services to reflect the joy we have come to know as followers of the Christ. I take my faith seriously, and I take worship seriously as well; but I try to do it with a twinkle in my eye and skip in my step.
We are all entering together into a time of newness and renewal at Zion, I hope you will share the happenings here at the church with your friends and family, with former members and members whose faces we have not seen in a while. A church grows based on the people who are there reaching out to those who are not.
We are now in the season of Epiphany, the time of the church year when we think about the encounters we have had with the Holy. I hope and pray that in the coming days and weeks we will all be able to reflect on the encounters that have renewed and strengthened our faith, and that we will all have new encounters that will open our eyes to the wonder and love of God.
With the Greatest of Hope!