From the Pastor’s Pen: One Year On


Well, it’s been a year since we started this relationship of Church and Pastor. I guess that means I can now change everything…

I kid.

That said, I think we’ve slowly been changing already.

On one hand, there are a few things that I feel like are pretty solidly Chris-inspired changes, namely: our weekly email update, the St. Stephen Message, which goes out to 57 people per week; Pub Theology—our monthly discussion and fellowship group that meets at Flanagan’s; and the care packages we’ve sent—now twice—to our young folk off at college.

On the other hand, there have been a lot of other changes that have taken place since I arrived that have just kind of happened because we’re up and moving again. Evangelism has created new gift bags to give out to visitors, there has been a changing of the guard on the Stewardship Committee and they are pumped up with new ideas, the Youth Group visited Hershey Park, Katie’s Quilters created and sent off 150 quilts, the Building Committee hired an architect, the Building Finance Committee came into existence (as did the Mutual Ministry Committee), we’ve been introduced to setting 10 in the Red Book (or if you are one of those Lutheran who insist the Service Book and Hymnal of 1958 is “The Red Book” we can call our current hymnal “The Cranberry Book”), all three of our Bible Studies are off the ground, and we have trained a few new Acolytes.

Additionally, I’ve had the pleasure to preside over 50 Sunday worship services, 8 baptisms, 6 funerals, and 1 marriage.

As I look forward, from the vantage point of this first year, I hope to focus more fully on seeing this building project through, think through where we’re headed musically, and get more involved with the Christian education of our young people.


Pastor Chris