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Sabbatical, cont.

posted Sep 24, 2014, 9:02 AM by Jamie Washam   [ updated Dec 17, 2014, 10:05 AM ]

As the first portion of the pastoral and church sabbatical approaches, many of you are wondering how things will work during that time. The Pastoral Relations and Worship committees have been collaborating to ensure that this time works well for everyone. Pastoral care will be covered by ordained clergy known to the community and by church members, depending on the circumstance. Robin, our church administrator, and Chad, our moderator, will keep me apprised regarding the church family.

For the month of November, we will hear from fellow church members and from favorite guest preachers. Members will lead us in prayer and will offer our children’s message. We plan another hymn sing for November 9 (so get your requests in now!). This time is an opportunity for the church to flex and strengthen its ministerial muscles.

During this time, I will be making my annual trip to Cambridge, MA, where I meet with a group of fellow clergy people to pray, challenge, and hold one another to healthy accountability in ministry. I will spend another week at a writer’s retreat in Green Lake, working on my dissertation. Other time will be spent at rest and with family. Know that each day I will hold our church, and each of you, in prayer.