Welcome summer! The warm sun and gentle breezes feel so good after our cold and stormy winter. I pray that all of you will have time for some relaxation and rejuvenation once the academic year is completed. May God bless you and your loved ones this summer.
The Transition Process at St. Paul’s has begun. Pastor Scott worked with you to stabilize your core ministry areas following the departure of the previous pastor. You all are to be commended for the hard and important work you did with Pastor Scott in his sixteen weeks with you. So, take a deep breath and say together, “Thanks be to God!” The next step will be for the Congregation Council to appoint the Transition Team (TT). I expect the council to appoint the team at their July meeting. The TT will then be installed during worship. The TT will represent a cross-section of the congregation and work to involve all members in the process. The Call Committee will be appointed when the TT has completed the BIG Packet including the Mission Site Profile (MSP) and supporting documents that goes to the Bishop’s office to identify potential candidates for the permanent call. Again, the Call Committee will not be appointed until the council approves the MSP and it is submitted to the ELCA and New Jersey Synod office.
We will be deliberate in our process. We won’t rush, and we won’t dawdle. Working the process works. Being prayerful, thoughtful, and deliberate will serve you well in the long run, with calling the best possible candidate to shepherd you the next five to ten years, so that you can continue to proclaim the Good News of God in Christ in Hainesport and beyond. There will be TT events scheduled through the coming months – please plan now to participate. There will be an opportunity for all members to review and offer suggestions for the MSP and then the council will approve the final version and it will be submitted. Throughout the process please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and ideas or questions with me, TT members, or council.
On June 29, the Church celebrates the Lesser Festival of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles. I invite you to use the Prayer of the Day for some of your devotions this month.
Almighty God, we praise you that your blessed apostles Peter and Paul glorified you by their martyrdoms. Grant that your church throughout the world may always be instructed by their teaching and example, be knit together in unity by your Spirit, and ever stand firm upon the one foundation who is Jesus Christ our Lord, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
God’s peace be with you. Your partner in the Gospel, Pastor Elainw