Well, this is the last weekly contact you will be receiving from me. One week from today, on August 1st, I will be officially honorably retired. You are invited to an open house reception, this coming Saturday, July 27th, from 2:00 to 5:00. There will also be a display of my paintings in the chapel.
This Sunday will be my last as pastor of FPC Marion. I am encouraging everyone to wear something Hawaiian if they have it, at least something bright, comfortable and cool. The Chancel Choir will be singing “Be Thou My Vision,” one of my favorite hymns. My sermon text is perhaps an unusual one. It is not from the lectionary readings. I shall be preaching on Acts 6:1-7 and my sermon title is “Stay in One Peace.”
We are working on finding someone to handle these weekly contact mailings. We think we have something worked out, but it may be a week or two before everything is running smoothly. If you have any concerns or questions, contact the church office.
In the meantime, looking ahead, on Sunday, August 4th, the senior high youth will lead the service, reporting on their mission trip this week to Pittsburgh. On August 11th, the Rev. Jim Langley will be preaching and the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated.
Finally, I am delighted to announce that the Session has approved the hiring of Ms. Kristin Stanley as our new half time Christian Education director. Kristin has great enthusiasm and a real heart for children’s ministry. She has experience working on a church staff as a director of children and family ministry, as well as many years serving as a volunteer. She is very excited to start working soon, and I know she will be a blessing to FPC.
It has been an honor and a real joy to serve as your pastor for 24 years and 8 months. May God bless you and keep you all. As always, may you stay in one peace.