At the same time there are other transitions happening in the life of our church. Annual Conference is coming up the first weekend in June. June 14 will be Pastor Jenny’s last Sunday before she heads off to Maryville, WA to her new appointment. I am here until June 28, and on July 1 our two new pastors arrive, Andy Bartel and Nico Romeijn-Stout.
A group of folks were asked if they wanted change. They all raised their hands. Then they were asked if they wanted to change. No one raised their hand. Change is hard for many of us but it is also a reality that all of us deal with and most eventually cope with. In our United Methodist system the transition of pastors is a normal and common thing. We don’t always like the system but we adapt and adjust and most of us discover that the transition is ultimately for the good.
St. John is blessed with an outstanding staff and amazing lay leaders. I believe this is why the transitions that happen here go well. I am confident that as the changes occur, all of you will adjust and move forward, partly because of the great leadership of the church but more importantly because God is here in the midst of you. St. John is a welcoming and healthy congregation and I know that it will continue its positive ministry even as it transitions to new leadership.
*Chewing again that which has already been chewed. Cows ruminate!