In order to provide a more sustainable way of being church, the bishop and cabinet in consultation with the lay leadership of Unalaska UMC have agreed to try a new model of pastoral care and supervision. A local couple with the passion and gifts for ministry, Matt and Erin Reinders, have expressed interest, and Matt has been assigned as a Certified Lay Minister to lead the congregation. Pastor Andy has been assigned as Matt’s mentor as he grows into this new role. It is our hope that this $10,000 grant for salary support and Pastor Andy’s mentorship with Matt will be one of many steps as St John and Unalaska forge a new partnership of cooperative ministry together.
Be on the lookout for another opportunity to partner with UUMC as we look at sending a small construction team to facilitate some needed repairs with their property in the coming year. Let us all continue to praise God for the people of UUMC and seek God’s guidance in how we can be in ministry together in the years to come.