Along the Journey With Pastor Debbie

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Dear Ones,

As you can imagine, these past few weeks have been a flurry of introductions, learning
new office procedures and protocols, setting up my office, finding my way around, and
preparing for services and meetings. It has been a joy being part of the SCC staff and church family and I so appreciate your warm welcome, feedback, and assistance as I learn to navigate different waters.

I have to tell you that when I was driving to church over MLK week-end to bring things to the office, I was surprised to see the unexpected welcome for me on our SCC sign on the front lawn. Of course, I had to take a photo before I left that Saturday to share with family
and friends! Thank you for that.

I am looking forward to working with the new Governing Board, ministry teams, and Pastoral Search Committee moving forward. In thinking about this, I found myself getting out my poetry by Robert Frost and re-read “The Road Not Taken” – one of my all- time favorites. When I received the offer to be your interim senior minister it was, of course, a road not yet taken. I could not travel both roads and had to leave some things behind to start a new beginning at SCC. I already know deep in my heart, that this road taken with
all of you will make a difference in my life. Our journey together will be filled with joy, challenge, laughter, tears, and the re-imagining of all you want your church to be in the future. I am blessed to have been chosen to walk this road with you.

A bit later I will be sharing with you our plans for the Lenten season in consultation with the deacons. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, I will be offering a Lenten series called “Lament as Worship: Praying the Psalms,” during our weekly Vespers.

I hope you will feel free to call upon me in any way that I may be of assistance; or come and visit for a safe distanced chat over a cup of tea or coffee!

May each of you and the entire SCC community be surrounded by the Holy One’s love and mercy.

Pastor Debbie

2 Responses to "Along the Journey With Pastor Debbie"

  1. Pam Roberts Posted on February 10, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing your journey. I would to meet with you in the next two weeks with 3 things on my mind:
    1. Talking through the annual report for Congregational life and hospitality and working toward a systematic way for follow up with new folks and visibility and welcoming participation.
    2. Sharing a proposal for a three part, once a month virtual program on Accessibility hosted by me for SCC folks but also open to other SNE churches who wish to build a plan to improve access to not just spaces but building relationships and opportunities to experience belonging
    3. A schedule of predicted possible fellowship opportunities some new, some from the past as a focus fir 2021.
    I can plan time at your convenience but do need to schedule a head of time. Also fine with prioritizes which if the 3 things to tackle with you first.
    Have a blessed day.
    Pam Roberts

  2. Janis Hoyle Posted on February 15, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    I would like to meet with you to discuss Outreach and Advocacy concerns that are now active and brainstorm some new ideas.
    Jan Hoyle

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