Growing in Service to Jesus Christ
We welcome you to our church home dedicated to the glory and praise of God, and invite you to worship with us regularly. If you know of anyone in need of Pastoral care, please make our Pastors aware of that need.
To be a community of faith dedicated to helping people know, grow, share, and serve as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Transition Updates
After 18 years of service to our church and 40 years of ministry, Dale Swihart retired. We gathered to remember the numerous great times and special moments together on Saturday, December 28. We filled fellowship hall with local dignitaries, colleagues, friends and family. Numerous speeches, gifts and presentations attempted to express our appreciation. We wish Dale and Barb every blessing in their retirement life ahead.
Starting January 1, 2014, the Session hired an interim minister, Rev. Dr. Jacob Kaufman. Jake has extensive interim ministry experience to assist our church in the coming months as we search for a new called minister as well as continue to serve in God’s world.
The next steps in our transition have begun. Pastor Jake led a day-long leadership retreat on March 15 to discuss previous pastor relationships with our church as well as its history. The congregation reviewed as well as supplemented this information at a pot luck dinner on May 4. The Nominating Committee has begun the search for the Pastor Nominating Committee members.
After many serious discussions and much review, the Session terminated our contract with Rev. Jake Kaufman effective on May 27. The Presbytery’s Commission On Ministry was in attendance and in agreement with this decision. It has been decided that our Parish Associate, Rev. Larry McMellen, will lead a group of 4 retired pastors to serve as our interim ministry team:
- Rev. Larry McMellen – special requests including weddings, funerals, membership, pastoral care – 810.714.1113 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rev. Lloyd Hall – concerns about Christian Education, Worship, church administration – 517.881.8659 or email@example.com
- Rev. Max Hayden – pastoral care for health related issues – 810.714.3354 or 810.250.3120
- Rev. David Eshleman – Congregational Life, Missions, Inter-church relations – 810.208.7093 or 847.767.1817
A special meeting of the congregation elected our Pastor Nominating Committee on Sunday, June 8: Roy Fetzer, Lloyd Hall, Holly Hodgkin, Matt Janowak, Nancy Parkin, Heidi Ritchie and Janet Stork. The PNC welcomes input from the congregation by use of their mail slot outside of the office across from the youth room and/or their email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to share your thoughts with the committee.