We begin a new year together! What indeed will this year hold? We never know. I suppose that is by design. It's the way it is meant to be. We are not to know the future, only live into it with the lessons from the past.
I have some things on the calendar. Our youngest daughter Sarah is getting married on April 22. Catherine and I celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary on May 28! (medals to Catherine!) We have some vacation plans. I have some speaking engagements. You probably have some similar plans. We hope and pray all that happens, but we don't know.
The Pastor Nominating Committee of the church is posting the position of Pastor, Head of Staff. They will soon be receiving names of potential candidates, reading forms, listening to sermons, conducting phone/Skype interviews and traveling. This is very significant work that is demanding in both time and spirit. Please keep our committee in your daily prayers: Bill Garrison, chair, Nelson Edmunds, Margaret Holland, Jay Johnston, Steve Mintz, Jane Peters, Kate Reynolds, Kathy Watson and Les Yonce. May God lead them in their search for the next pastor of this church.
Between my time as the pastor of Myers Park Presbyterian in Charlotte and coming to you, I was a consultant with Macedonian Ministries out of Atlanta. The focus of that ministry is clergy renewal and support. An interesting article in their newsletter, The Three Words That Start an Adventure, was written by Tod Bolsinger, VP for Vocation and Formation, Fuller Seminary. He also has an excellent book, Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Unchartered Territory. Take a read! Not knowing what is ahead of us is not a bad thing. Continuing to do what we have always done, unwilling to adapt and change, can be paralyzing.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Thanks for listening,