Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
I took a deep breath the other day, and quietly celebrated that one of the busier times of the year for all pastors was over. Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday is always a challenge, yet it is my favorite season of the church year.
Linda and I were contemplating a trip to Washington late last summer when the call as First’s Transition Pastor materialized. So we postponed that trip until May. My mother’s youngest sister (she’s only 86) lives in southwest Washington and we are going there to see her and some other family members who live in the area. We will also spend several days in Seattle and in the San Juan Islands. We will be gone for three weeks. I have taken two-week vacations while serving a congregation, but never a three-week vacation. So, this is a first for me. We have never visited the northwest corner of this beautiful country and are excited to go and see and learn.
But me being on vacation does not mean that there is nothing going on in your place of worship! Even though I will be absent, worship will still be taking place right here.
May 4-5: normal communion worship schedule: 5:30 Saturday and 10:30 Sunday
May 11-12: normal non-communion worship schedule: you will need to attend to find out who is leading and who is preaching.
May 18-19: NO service on Saturday; “Worship in the Park” at 10:30 on Sunday without communion – again you will need to attend to find out who is preaching.
May 25-26: normal non-communion worship schedule: you will need to attend to find out who is leading and who is preaching.
June 1-2: NO service on Saturday; regular communion worship at 10:30 on Sunday with presentations by our missionaries to San Luis. The primary speaker will be Curt VanEkeren who has facilitated the mission-build trips to San Luis. There will be a pot-luck meal – coordinated by Cheryl Hobbie – following worship that morning. So be sure to mark it on your calendar.
I continue to enjoy my time with you. I hope to see all of you in worship this summer.
In Christ’s Service,