FROM THE DESK OF . . .
Sunday/Monday, October 17 & 18, 2021
From the desk of Pastor Bill Novack,
During my seminary training (early 2000’s), I stumbled across a little statistic I have never forgotten. The average amount of time a called pastor serves one church is about four years. Four years!! I’m sure you, like myself, can recall or currently know pastors who have served for over 20 years in the same parish. Just think on the number of short-term pastoral calls that skew the average to four: many failed ministries after a year, and much frustration to call committees and congregations having to begin the call process again and again. To have a pastor who is in it for the long haul, who is deeply respected by his congregation, is committed to loving his church, and is a lifelong member of the same community is truly a blessing for any church. This is what you have here at St. Paul in your pastor, Rev. Ernest R. Green III.
Today, we fully celebrate Pastor Green’s 10th Anniversary here in 2021. The official date of his ordination and installation was June 19, 2011. We remembered this anniversary on Sunday, June 20 when we surprised him with a congratulatory opening to our worship services, and a “Confection Reception” in our Upper Fellowship Hall. That we were able to keep it a surprise was truly a feat, given Pastor Green’s, well, investigative background! We decided a more formal event was in order, one that would not be a surprise, and that event is today, our banquet lunch at Banchetti by Rizzo’s.
Ten years is a big deal in the life of the Church. While past pastors have served longer, Pastor Green continues a tradition of faithfulness and devotion to this congregation worthy of thanks and celebration. Think on the many occasions: weddings, baptisms, memorials, Sunday morning Gospel messages, home visitations, church events, and one of the biggest- the Moving Forward in Faith campaign. Pastor Green has been at the forefront of all these.
Today we celebrate our church, God’s blessings: past, present and future and more years to come with Pastor Green and our ministry team. Your pastor(s) aren’t going anywhere! Our church bears the grace of God in all it does, its footprint on this community is significant, the saving Gospel of Christ is shared with many hearts.
Please help us welcome today our special guest preacher for our celebration, Rev. Dr. Chris Wicher, President of our Eastern District. President Wicher and his wife Bev join us today for worship and our lunch banquet this afternoon.
Celebrating God’s grace,
All are welcome at St. Paul Lutheran – Please allow God’s love to work in and through you to brighten the lives of members and visitors alike.
REMINDER – AN UPDATE TO OUR CHURCH COVID PROTOCOL:
- In accord with CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated people may be mask-free at all times in church, and 6 feet social distancing is now at 3 feet.
- Those not fully vaccinated should keep their masks on, and those not yet comfortable with the new guidelines are free to remain masked.
- Your pastors will continue to mask and glove when distributing communion, not that they need to, but to keep everyone at ease while communing.
- Please continue to take all your bulletins and other personal items with you when you leave the sanctuary.
Confirmation Class Assignments – For Thursday, October 21, 2021:
First Year Class – Read “The Sacrament of the Altar” pages 30 – 31 from Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation. Read Chapter Five from The Story, “New Commands and a New Covenant.” Attend church and KREW and complete a Worship Summary Form. Mentor Question: “Why is receiving Holy Communion important to a Christian?”
Second Year Class – Read “The Sacrament of the Altar” pages 30 – 31 from Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation. Complete Lesson 5 “The Fourth Commandment” from Exploring Luther’s Small Catechism. Attend church and KREW and complete a Worship Summary Form. Mentor Question: “Why is receiving Holy Communion important to a Christian?”