I am so excited. We have so much to celebrate together and have some
wonderful new opportunities in our future this year.
The first that I’m quite excited about is that now I get to be just YOUR
pastor. As much as I love and miss the wonderful people of St. Mark, I’m
looking forward to concentrating my time on St. Timothy.
First off, Sunday, February 4, we will be having Bishop John Macholz as
our guest preacher at St. Timothy. He will also be going to St. Mark, so if
you’d like to meet him and have some time together, come early. Before
church we’ll be having a mini -coffee hour for that very reason.
Also, on that same day is the Super Bowl. I want to issue an open
invitation to our Super Bowl party at the parsonage in the evening.
Details are elsewhere in the newsletter.
Lent begins this month as well, on February 14, Valentine’s Day. That
seems so very appropriate. In Christ and his death, burial and
resurrection, we experience the fullness of the love God has for us. This
year I will be offering Ashes to Go at two different locations: The Bemus
Inn and Local’s Chatterbox. I’ll be at the Bemus Inn from 7 -10 and at The
Chatterbox from 10:15-1:00. If you cannot make it to the Ash Wednesday
service in the evening, this gives you another opportunity to receive
During Lent, we will be experiencing something new called Dinner
Church, a combination of dinner, worship, discussion, singing. It is not
one or the other of any of these things, but it is all combined and takes
place around the table, just as it did in the early church.
Most of all, I am looking forward to being able to spend time getting to
know everyone better. It will be wonderful to fellowship with you at coffee
hour and to encourage growth in our relationships. “I thank my God
every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of
my prayers for all of you…I am confident of this, that the one who began
a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus
Christ” (Philippians 1:3 -4, 6). I look forward to all God has in store for us.