Our "Trumpet" Newsletter . . .

. . . is a monthly publication that includes dates, times & details for all upcoming events both at the church & in our community.

Trumpet articles are due to the church office (EandRoffice@gmail.com) by noon on the 3rd Monday of each month.

A Message from our Pastor . . . January 2023

The advertisements appear before Christmas Day has even ended and often continue throughout January: it is time for a new you, to get organized, to start exercising, to get out of debt, to set all your goals, and on and on. It can feel overwhelming. Years ago, I would say that the only New Year’s resolution I was going to make was to not make any resolutions. It was the only way to ensure that I would not set any unrealistic expectations for myself or set myself up for failure.

Still, I find that the start of a new year is a good time for discernment. Once the decorations are all put away (after Epiphany), the cold and quiet of winter provide a great opportunity to spend time in prayer, Bible study, and self-reflection, asking God to help me better understand who I am, who God calls me to become, and how I am called to serve God in my life.

Through the conversations led by Profile Writing Team members, you all have engaged in a similar process of discernment by answering questions about yourself as a congregation, your neighbors, and who God is calling you to become. While the goal was to help Team members write the Local Church Profile, some of what you discerned and shared can begin now. You do not need to wait for a new settled minister to lead you because each of you is a minister of the Gospel and together, you are the body of Christ in the world.

Rev Christine Wilke

Interim Pastor

As I have said on several occasions, ministers (interim & settled) serve God with you. We come along side you to resource, support, guide, love, and pray. In the words of the Apostle Paul, we are here to equip the saints (that’s you!) for ministry:

The gifts [Christ] gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

Over the next few months, I plan to work with Church Leadership, Profile Writing Team members, and all of you to determine what we can begin now and how I can support and equip you. If you are a person who shared an idea about something you would like to see happen, please contact me so we can discuss ways we can begin now.

In joyful hope,

Pastor Christine