From the Pastor
There were several new RSVPs in the mail this morning, indicating that our anniversary celebration on June 3 and 4 is going to be a very big deal indeed! As someone remarked to me recently, we’ve been planning for this anniversary for so long, it’s hard to believe it’s really finally here.
A few weeks ago, Melissa and I were contacted by Dean Leatherman, a former member of this congregation, who was around for the 75th anniversary of First Christian. Twenty-five years ago, he helped videotape the celebration and made a promise to archive the video and restore it for the 100th. He kept his promise, and he’s currently working with us to create some short clips that we’ll share in the week before the June 3-4 celebration. (Melissa and I have had a few sneak peeks and have had great fun identifying some of your younger selves!)
That’s just one little example of all the ways this celebration has breathed life into this congregation. It’s really been a joy watching you celebrate this milestone. You’ve done it with exactly the right amount of gratitude for the past, hope for the future, and delight in the present. I’ve found myself thinking about several people I wish were here for this anniversary, and missing them, but I’ve also been filled with excitement to be standing at the threshold of our second century.
Thanks for the honor of walking through this celebration with you.
A few other updates on things going on around here:
Amanda Kerr is heading to Chapel Hill for the summer, to work as a hospital chaplain and complete her Clinical Pastoral Education training. We won’t see much of her in June and July, but she’ll be back in August to help us get ready for the youth program kick-off in September.
I will also be taking some time off this summer—I’ll be here on Sundays through June 26, though with limited office time toward the end of June, and then away through the month of July. (I’ll be attending the General Assembly in Indianapolis July 10-13.) While I’m gone, Melissa Guthrie Loy, our Director of Congregational Life, will be covering pastoral and administrative needs, as well as leading worship most Sundays. You’ll also get to hear from a few of our favorite resident preachers. Thank you to the personnel committee and to the whole congregation for being supportive of this time for me to spend with my family.
I know you’re wondering about where we stand with our music staff transition. The search committee has been hard at work receiving applications, and we hope to have some news for you soon. Thanks for your patience and your feedback as we’ve evaluated our music needs, and many thanks to Carol and to our choir for being flexible through all these changes.
It’s good to be the church together.