Greetings Church Family,
I want to share some very exciting news with you. After an extended time of prayer and a real sense of call to be your pastor here at Elk Grove Pres, I approached the session about the possibility of installing me as your permanent pastor. This means no more annual contracts, not more questioning what is next in terms of pastoral leadership! You see, the more I am getting to know you, the more I want to stay here and settle down and simply turn our focus on the future and God’s plan for our church. The goodbyes that come with interim ministry has never fitted my sense of connection with others and installing me means I will be here for years.
Some of you might be wondering how you will be affected by this change or what it means for the church. On the surface it would look like nothing has changed, I will keep the same church hours, preach and provide pastoral care like I have since beginning here, but at the heart level it means that I am making a commitment to the congregation of Elk Grove Presbyterian Church to not be a temporary presence but a permanent presence journeying together with you and you the congregation are making a commitment to me as your pastor, promising that together we are going to work through our differences and be faithful to all of our calls to serve the living God.
A big difference in this change of my status with you is that the session can recommend this movement to install me but you as the congregation makes the final decision. On October 13th you have the opportunity to vote either “yes” I agree that Barbara is being called here and that she is the right pastor for this church or “no” I think Barbara is not the right person. It is one of the greatest privileges as a member of this church. So, even if you have not come here for months or even years, if you are a member, you are invited to the congregational meeting to have a say in the pastoral leadership and future of Elk Grove Presbyterian Church.
“For surely, I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.”
Filled with joy,