I remember it well. The first day I began serving as the Director of Youth and Family Ministry here at Messiah. It was December 15, 1994, and Addie Leraas provided me with a wonderful orientation to Messiah - and also to the world of youth and their families. Thank you Addie - and all of you who have been such a Christ-like Presence and Guidance for me!
On Sunday, November 27, 2016, I began a new role here at Messiah - as Intern Pastor. I'm extremely excited - and extremely grateful - to serve God and our church in this way. Some activities I will be concentrating on include visiting Messiah members who are unable to attend Sunday Worship regularly. I will also be involved in neighborhood visiting as we keep the neighborhood up to date on congregational happenings. I will work on forming a Worship Planning Team from among the members at Messiah. Hopefully this team will initially work on creating a Lenten worship theme! I will also be working on creating a Stewardship Team which would provide wonderful leadership to our January Stewardship Drive. I will also research and identify how to facilitate a congregational retreat to help us review our current Mission Statement - and discuss the creation of a new Mission Statement for our congregation in keeping with our new identity here in the Center for Changing Lives.
Thank you all for your many expressions of support as I begin this new role. I will always welcome any of your questions, comments, and suggestions as I continue my serving with and among you!
Since Youth and Family Ministry continues as such a critical and needful ministry of Messiah, we have hired Meshell McMillan to serve as Messiah's new Director of Youth and Family Ministry. Meshell is a daughter of the congregation, and we are very blessed and excited that she has joined with us in this important role. Welcome Meshell! May each one of us be praying for Meshell and for one another at Messiah and for Messiah's ministries as, with God's Leading and Blessing, we venture into the future! God Bless and Keep You! And as I encourage our Confirmation class:
"Keep the faith--and let the faith keep you."