Today is only my third day on the job, but I am already so impressed by what I have witnessed at ECLC. From the welcome I received, the meals together, the events on the calendar, and the conversations I’ve had around the office, I can tell that you are a loving community of people who care for one another and the world. You are led by gifted individuals—both lay and staff—who are thoughtfully and faithfully helping the congregation through a very difficult time. I feel honored to work with Pastor Jeff, Deacon Lauren, Pastor Susan, Kelly, Paul, Melissa, Kristian, Lisa, Isaac, Jessica, Nina, and all of the ECLC members I have met so far. This is a remarkable place, and I trust the Holy Spirit is present.
I also appreciate the openness and honesty I have heard in conversation about Pastor Stephanie’s death. This congregation is a safe place for being vulnerable in sharing emotions, questions, doubts, and faith. One of my hopes during my time here is that I can be another safe person to talk with about your experience of grief or any other challenges you may be facing. If you would like to sit down together, don’t hesitate to call the church office or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m looking forward to worshipping with you for the first time this Sunday. I expect the Spirit will be present as we gather in authentic, beloved community around Christ’s gifts of Word and Sacrament.