Pastor’s Note – July 11, 2019

Schweitzer UMCPastor's Note


Sunday was fun!

Thank you for such a great, warm reception. I so enjoyed being in worship with you. I was especially grateful for the opportunity to simply meet people and observe on my first Sunday.

This Sunday, I will be preaching in all services. We’re starting a five-week series called Navigating Change. Obviously, we’re all going through change. You have a new pastor; I’m at a new church. Some of us have other changes going on in life: new relationships, new stages of life, retirements, new jobs, loss,  grief or other kinds of changes. The one constant in life is change.

To guide our conversation, we’re going to read through a book of the Bible that’s all about change: Philippians. We’re going to learn from God’s Word how followers of Jesus navigate the difficulties and stress that come along with change. I can’t wait to share these messages with you.

I’ve also started my Listening Tour. I’ll do 18 of these small-group gatherings this summer. The Listening Tour is designed for me to have conversations with folks in the church. These are all open and anyone can sign up. On the Listening Tour, we are asking the same three questions in each session:

  1. What brought you to Schweitzer and why do you stay?
  2. What are you most excited about what Schweitzer can do in the next 5 years?
  3. What is one dream you have for Schweitzer?

It’s been fun to ask these questions and to hear the different perspectives from folks. I’ve heard from some people who have been in the church for decades and others for just a few months. While I’ve just started the Listening Tour, I’ve loved hearing the stories of the church. I’ve loved hearing how people have found their place in the church, and how they’ve found their friends, and found places to serve and make a difference. I’m hearing people share about their passion areas like the food pantry, the worship teams, or their small groups.

If you haven’t yet signed up, here’s a link for you to sign up today. I want to encourage you to sign up because your voice matters. The church is a body, and we all have a part to play. As your new pastor, I need a chance to hear from you.

I can’t wait to see you on Sunday!