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Pastor Jan's Corner: July

Things Pastors Wish Their Congregation Knew (#2 in a short series)

Image result for Spiritual renewalIt should come as no surprise that pastors sometimes find themselves spiritually empty. That is a handicap, not only personally, but when it comes to offering spiritual leadership to others, running on empty is woeful. As with any attempt at staying healthy, good practices need to part of our discipline and routine. I’ll share four ways that I work at renewing my soul:

--Attending at least one annual professional growth event which interests me and hopefully “fuels” me;

--I am a certified “spiritual director”, having trained through Oasis Ministries. In order to offer “direction” to others, I also sit with my own spiritual guide to talk about ways that God is actively at work in my life. Recently I retreated with other spiritual directors from across the denomination as we prayed, worshiped, studied and listened to each other.

-- I read, pray, and network with other ministers. Yes, we share ideas, compare notes, and offer support to each other, especially in difficult times.

-- I attempt to stay physically active and healthy. (This is one that requires deliberate discipline on my part. Oh, those brownies!)

Pastors wish that our congregations might surround us in on-going prayer for renewal and replenishment as we share in ministry together.

                                  Blessings to all of us,

                                  Pastor Jan



Pastor Jan's Corner

Image result for welcome wreath on front doorAs your “new-ish” pastor, I’d like to say how

humbling it is to be called to serve among you!

May we prayerfully attend to the ministry that is

ours to share in together.

For the next several months, I would like to share 

some things pastors wish their congregations

knew about us, in general. To start things off:

“We won’t always agree on ideas, theology and how to get

things done.”

 I hope that you will find that I respectfully listen to your thoughts and

opinions, just as I trust that you will with me. Together we will explore

scriptures, ideas and ways of moving forward as a congregation. But

what I really want you to know is…“We don’t have to agree for you

to be welcome here!” In fact, imagine a congregation where we

might model living joyfully together because our differences

strengthen and challenge us to think in new ways! May each of us be

great listeners as we “welcome” one another!

                                       With Gratitude, Pastor Jan



The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it. – Psalm 24:1

How do YOU wrestle with this scripture in terms of caring for creation? Image result for recycle

Some simple ideas include:

Recycle; invest in reusable shopping bags;

minimize water consumption; reduce use of paper;

stay off the road/automobiles at least 2 days/week;

turn off lights; use fewer chemicals; buy local goods;

plant trees and so many others!

Image result for nature landscapes   Why?

    Because this world is ours to live in and to share.

    All of God’s creatures live here and we're

   the only ones capable of thinking.

   The earth’s resources are finite…and it is our

responsibility to care for and restore the earth’s resources.

 Will you do your part, however small, to make a positive impact?

                                                                                         --Pastor Jan



A Lenten Thought, Approaching Easter


Image result for simplify lifeMaybe it’s because Scott and I are in the process of moving, but “the stuff” that we have accumulated over the years could easily hold us captive, physically and emotionally. While it’s hard work to “rightsize” and “re-prioritize”, there is also a great sense of relief that comes from simplifying life. In this Holy season, it’s important to practice letting go not only of material trappings, but of thoughts, desires and expectations, so that we might open ourselves to receive all the good things God longs to give. May your Lenten journey take you to a place where new life is waiting to break forth!



March 2019...Be kind

Pastor Jan’s Corner .. .

 In a world where you could be anything... Be Kind!

Image result for be kind clip art

Matthew 5:43-48


For some, Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and sacrificial living in preparation for the coming of Easter, recalling the 40 days and 40 nights that Jesus spent in the desert prior to the beginning of his ministry. Rather than “giving up” something of significance during Lent, others choose to “take up” a spiritual discipline or practice to help deepen their personal relationship with God while simultaneously enriching the lives of others. I suggest then, for those who are interested, the intentional practice of sharing acts of kindness as a way of following Christ as we model “another way of living”. (Your chosen acts of kindness may be as simple or as elaborate as you prefer.) I hope that during our Sunday morning sharing time, we may, throughout the Lenten season, talk about our experiences of practicing kindness and how we have been changed through this spiritual discipline. – Pastor Jan, Interim