From the Pastor
Dear friends in Christ –
This is my last newsletter article to you. By the time you are reading this, we will likely have said our goodbyes.
I want to begin by saying what a privilege it has been to serve as your pastor these past four years and two months. I have become a more mature Christian and a better leader because of my time at St. Mary’s. I sincerely appreciate the many ways, small and large, that you each support this church and supported my ministry and leadership here.
But now it is time for me to take my leave and depart from being your pastor. One of the important things that I will do after I leave here and move to State College, PA is maintain boundaries. I will no longer be available for weddings, funerals, baptisms, visits, or leading worship at St. Mary’s. This can seem cruel and harsh. But, the denomination has put these boundaries in place so that you can learn to love and trust your next pastor as you learned to love and trust me.
Know this: St. Mary’s is a strong congregation with a lot of potential to continue to love, serve, and minister to the Silver Run community. You are blessed with a building, a large endowment, and a strong and dedicated pool of leaders and volunteers. As someone who loves this congregation, I would encourage you not to rest on this fact but to continue to open yourselves to the Holy Spirit’s work of creating community and tearing down walls of hostility. Ultimately, we live by faith and the church exists by the grace of God. Our money, our building, our heritage won’t save us. Only God in Christ saves.
Your next pastor will be very fortunate to serve here. Be open to whomever God brings to you. Listen to them. Challenge them. Love them and let them love you. Remember there are children and adults in this community eager to hear the good news.
Grace & peace,