I arrived in Port Orchard in a frenzy this morning. My wife and I patched together a plan for where our children go and by what mode of transport. This is my first full-time work in 2 years--the logistics of serving in a new congregation are always disjointed, yet exciting. But, I am also quite rusty in my thought processes. I have a lot of acclamation ahead of me.
My vocational days in the past few years have involved supporting my wife and daughters in their vocations. I served as a home economist and dabbled in child development,.while preaching regularly, sometimes not so regularly. I served two part-time ministries, one in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, and one in Lyman County, South Dakota. I hung on the conversations I had with my wife, reading, and prayer life. My spiritual director once told me that raising children as a stay-at-home-parent was a monastic sort of life, and having once observed a monastic community, I found some truth in the parent-as-monastic image. I feel mostly confident about what staying at home has done for our family life, and I look forward to watching my family grow and develop from my new base serving in Port Orchard.
I come to First Lutheran Community Church of Port Orchard with some solid, yet diverse experiences as an interim pastor, and I look forward to working with the lay leadership and what Pastor Allen established over many years of ministry. All congregations have unique personalities, but I believe FLCC has some lively approaches that are not common among congregations of the Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA. I hope to discern faithfully with you to what God is calling this community of faith. I look forward to hearing the stories of God at work at FLCC and Port Orchard. Please feel free to use this blog as a place to leave comments or ideas in this ongoing conversation about serving through our daily lives in the name of Christ.
I give thanks for the opportunity to serve in this place--God is blessing our service together.