I am delighted to be your new Pastor! It is an amazing feeling to say that! I'm very excited to be walking with you on this journey. I would like to introduce myself, give you a little news about re-emerging in worship, and share a few words about my ministry direction with you.
I am a fourth-year seminary student at Portland Seminary in George Fox University, after a career in high-tech engineering, marketing, and sales. In 2017, I answered the call from God to prepare for the ministry. I promptly quit my job and started studying. Carol and I are life-long Presbyterians and long term elders. We moved to Brier several months ago to be closer to our grandkids. Being with you is a wonderful opportunity for us while I finish my studies and I prepare for ordination next year. We will split our time in Brier and Portland until my ordination. Besides studying and grand-parenting, I love to kayak, explore new places, and walk on the shore and in the forest. Carol is an artist who loves to do quilting, painting, and calligraphy. We are avid board game players. I also enjoy talking about history, travel, and culture over a coffee or a beer. I am eager to hear from each of you about your stories!
Session has decided to start in-person worship again on August 1st. With an abundance of caution while we navigate our return, we ask you to wear your masks in worship for a few additional weeks. We want everyone to feel safe and not to separate people by vaccination status. If you have not been vaccinated, or you have family or neighbors who have not been vaccinated, I really encourage everyone do it if they are able. We will provide a hybrid worship option, so those of you who want or need to stay home can worship too.
I will continue Pastor Amy's practice of recording and posting sermons on the website. Additionally, we will supply the liturgy by email. I hope to continue doing this long term so you can worship whenever you are not able to join us in-person and to share it with friends and family in distant places.
I firmly believe that prayer, scripture reading, and spiritual direction are the foundations of a thriving congregation. I know about your prayerfulness and your Bible studies, which are wonderful. I will work with you in sermons and studies to help direct us toward spiritual integration. I want you to trust in God's boundless love for you. I want you to be yourselves and celebrate the strength of your love together. I want you to be confident in God's grace in uncertain times. When we are confident together and at peace with ourselves, God's irresistible love shines out into the community and to the world.
May the peace of Christ abide with you always,