Pastor’s Note – July 3, 2019

Schweitzer UMCPastor's Note


I can’t tell you how much of an honor it is to write this note today!

On Monday morning, before I came into the office for my first day, I woke early and went for a run on the trail system near Sequiota Park.  As I was walking back to my truck at the end of my run, I heard a familiar voice say to me, “Shouldn’t you go to work today?” Looking back over my shoulder to see who was talking to me was Bob Casady.

It is a great honor to become the Lead Pastor of Schweitzer. And it is a great honor to follow Bob Casady. I’ll share more about this in some upcoming sermons, but Bob has been a friend and mentor to me over the last 15 years.

I’m incredibly thankful for the influence Bob has had on my life over these years. One of the great lessons Bob taught me was the importance of prayer and how ministry is something God does through us instead of being something we do for God. It is an incredible honor to serve God through Schweitzer. I am beyond excited to see what God is going to do through us!

As I get started in this role, I’ve had several people ask me if there is anything they can do to help me. Maybe you’re wondering that too. If so, here are a few practical things:

  • Please tell me your name… and please keep telling me your name. I’ve got 1,000+ names to learn. I’ll need some help on this!
  • Be patient. This transition is going to take time. There will be bumps along the way.
  • Share with me with your hopes and dreams of the church. I want to hear from you what you think God is calling Schweitzer to do. I’d love to take you to lunch or coffee and hear your thoughts.
  • Pray and pray and pray. I am asking God for wisdom as we start this new season together. I have been so impressed by how Schweitzer has been actively praying for me and my family. Thank you, and please keep praying!

I will be in worship this Sunday, and I can’t wait to meet you. I’ll also be starting the Listening Sessions this next week, so hopefully you’ve signed up for one of our upcoming Listening Sessions.

I hope you have a great 4th of July, and I can’t wait to worship with you on Sunday.