A Post from the Pastor for the week of July 19, 2017

A Pastoral Post from John Kloepfer for mid-July– 7/19/17

Greetings from a cool church on a warm summer day!  I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather we’re finally getting.  And that you are both getting the rest you need – at home and on vacation – and the spiritual nurture you need by attending worship when you can, no matter where you are.  Please try not to miss our next Communion, which is on Sunday, August 6.

Here at WPC, the “work” of the Interim time is taking form, as your Nominating Committee has nine people they have asked to serve as the Mission Study Committee (now called by our Presbytery the “Plumb Line” Committee).  When the Session meets next Tuesday, July 25, they will empower this committee to proceed.  Here, in order, are the steps that will take place as your church conducts its search for your next permanent pastor:

  • Form a Mission Study Committee, which will conduct an organized study of where the congregation is at this point in its history, what the community and its spiritual needs are and what the church needs in its next installed pastor. All of you, as church members, will be involved in this study process, which will be enabled by Rev. Karen Hybertsen from Presbytery.  This Committee writes down their findings and submits them for approval by both your Session and Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry.
  • When this is done, your Session forms a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) – popularly known as the Search Committee – which will use the written Mission Study as they create a Church Information Form (CIF), which serves as a dossier on the church. This is what potential pastors will see, just as the Search Committee will see the dossiers on each potential pastor.  After the Session and Committee on Ministry approve this CIF, the PNC begins finding and interviewing candidates for the Installed Pastor position.

I want to thank everyone who was involved in this past week’s Treasure Sale.  $2,150 was raised for the mission of the church, and we are grateful for all who contributed items as well as time and energy.  Please keep the mission programs and projects our church supports in your prayers.

By now you’ve heard about the church’s Summer Appeal, which will enable upgrades to the technological devices and programs that undergird our church’s administration and ministry.  I encourage each of you to contribute as you are able to this much-needed fund.  Your next Installed Pastor and the ministry of the church should not be held back by outdated technology throughout the church.

Please pray for Pat Shima and family.  Albert Beck, her partner for over 40 years, passed away yesterday, July 18.  Pat was scheduled to go home from the Peconic Rehabilitation Center today, so things are now up in the air.  Please keep her in your prayers.

Linni Deihl, who has been suffering from lung cancer, is now getting hospice care at home.  I’ve been informed that two websites have been set up by friends of her family, a GoFundMe website to help with unmet medical bills and a CaringBridge website to follow her on her journey and to participate by posting messges to and/or about her.  The GoFundMe site can be found by going to https://www.gofundme.com/show-your-love-for-linni-deihl.  The CaringBridge site can be reached by this link: www.caringbridge.org/visit/linnideihl.

 

We also pray God will bless the new Spanish Speaking Protestant Ministry, led by Pastor Raynor Caal             And his wife, Leticia.  They began July 6, and meet in our church for prayer and Bible Study each             Thursday at 7:30 p.m.  ¡Bienvenido a WPC!

This past Sunday we welcomed Lena Mae Fox, 9-month old daughter of Robert, Jr. and Kristin Fox, into the family and fellowship our congregation through the Sacrament of Baptism.  Welcome, Lena!

And on Saturday, July 29, Matt Ravenhall and Gigi Rutherfurd will be wed in our Sanctuary.  Pre-congratulations!

Lord of Love, we are grateful for our church, its members and its ministry.  Be with all in our church who have special needs at this time, and strengthen us all as together we seek to do your will in this place and around the world. Amen.

We are well off in God, the Almighty, in God’s holiness, always.