Preparing for Change

       I write from Hatteras, North Carolina, sitting in a lazy boy and looking at the Atlantic Ocean.  It has been a great vacation.  I have gotten caught up with my prayers and much needed physical exercise.  I feel renewed in body, mind, and spirit.  I look forward to  serving FCC as we transition to a new pastor.

The anticipated arrival of our new pastor is a good time to improve our personal relationship with God.  We can’t improve our relationship with God if we are at odds with others.  Let this be a time to make peace with anyone with whom we are not in a good relationship.  Pray for ourselves, our congregation, our new pastor and family, and the congregation which is losing a wonderful pastor.  Recognizing that God gave us the ability to earn our income, let’s remember to honor Him with our tithes and offering.  In our prayers, let’s remember to ask God what new ministry God has for us to do and then taking the time to listen while God responds.

This is also a good time to make sure all aspects of our congregational life are functioning as they should.  We don’t want our new pastor to spend the first few months of ministry fixing what should not be broke.  Please evaluate what you do for God and FCC.  I have already talked with several committee chairs about this transition period and will speak with others shortly.  Let’s welcome our new pastor by honoring God and making this the best functioning congregation we can be.

Churches, like individuals, do not like to change.  But we can and do.  New pastors  always mean changes.  Let’s pray regularly and work hard to make the next months as wonderful as God would want them to be.

God Bless You!  

Book Challenge

Instead of spending June complaining about bad TV and reruns, how about reading a good book?  During the month of June, I am challenging you to read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together.  There are several editions, print and electronic, new and used.  I like this devotional book because it helps us understand that our spiritual lives are lived in community.  I have scheduled two discussions for those who would like to talk with others about the book                                                              [June 12 and June 26, at 5 P.M. in the church library].

FCC Church Family

     On April 30, as we were dedicating baby Wyatt in worship, making our vows and promises to support this baby’s spiritual  journey his whole life long, I was reflecting on how this church family had made similar vows to me when I was a young child. And, you have kept those vows. You encouraged and sustained me as I grew to adulthood, as I discerned a call to ministry, and into motherhood, as you are now living out the vow to support my child in her faith. As your interim youth minister, you supported me with love and grace.

It’s been 2 ½ years of all kinds of growth for our youth ministry. Our youth have wrestled with challenges, prayed and worshiped together, grown in leadership and calling, said goodbye to graduating friends, and welcomed new members into our Chi Rho and CYF family. They have formed a strong community of spiritual friends eager to lead and serve in their faith community and beyond. The youth are ready and eager for the trust and support that a settled leader will bring.

This church family has encouraged me in ministry since I was a little preschooler, and I am thankful that your love and grace continue to sustain me in this transition out of interim ministry even now.

Philippians 1:3-6,               Rachel Nance Woehler


Praying for God’s Guidance

        We have spent the last six months praying for our Senior Pastor Search Committee and they have been working diligently to seek God’s new leader for us.  They will bring a unanimous and enthusiastic recommendation for our new senior pastor to the congregation board this Sunday.  Let me ask you to do the following.

Pray.  Pray for the candidate, even though for privacy’s sake the candidate’s name has not been officially announced yet.   Pray for the church, that we will prayerfully seek God’s leadership.  Pray that we will put aside personal agendas and seek the welfare of the congregation.  Pray that our hearts will follow God’s will in this selection process.

Participate.  There are two events scheduled next week in which we can learn more about the recommended candidate.  The Sunday board meeting [reserve a place for lunch] and a meet and greet on Wednesday with the candidate will help us know more about the minister.   On May 28, the congregation will vote.  Please participate in these activities as you can.

To our faithful visitors, let me say this.  Please pray for us as we go through these next weeks and participate so you too can learn more about our prospective new pastor.  Our church needs your input as we follow God’s will for our future.

God Bless You!


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