For Everything, There is A Season…

 

What will May bring?  May seems to be a time of life transitions.  Some of these transitions are by choice, and some are just a natural part of the structure of life.  At St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, we are in a season of transition.  We are grateful to Pastor Tom Phillips for so graciously sharing his time, gifts, and talents during these last several months.  We now send our graduates on their way with a special blessing this Sunday.  And we say goodbye and thank God for the Ness Family…

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.   And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

Welcome Pastor Patti Morlock…

 

As a part of our congregational transition, we welcome Pastor Patti Morlock to the St. John’s staff beginning May 1st.  Pastor Patti will serve as our interim pastor as we work through the call process.  We are blessed to have her as a part of our ministry team at St. John’s.  Her presence with us brings the peace of knowing there is no rush.  We can take our time to listen to God and allow His guidance in this transition.

Before coming to St. John’s, Pastor Patti Morlock served as a parish pastor, worked with a mission start in the NALC, and has served in various interim capacities, including recently completing a long-term interim at St. John in Greenville, Ohio. In addition, Pastor Patti has trained with the NALC’s P-CAT (Pastoral Care and Transition) Team and currently serves as the chair of the NALC’s Candidacy Committee.

Pastor Patti enjoys the challenge of bringing calm to chaos, clarity to confusion, and using the Word of God as THE touchstone along the way. She relies on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, daily time in the Word, and the support of her family and friends when the challenges of time away and travel threaten to interrupt God’s peace. She has co-pastored with her husband Jeff, both in a traditional setting for 14 years and in a mission setting for 2. Currently, being a clergy couple in two different settings is not without its challenges, but gardening together and praying together keeps them grounded. When Pastor Patti isn’t working, she is spending time with her husband and their two daughters, quilting, and is always up for an adventure.

Transitions and change are always going to be a part of life.  God offers us His peace during these times.  Live into Philippians 4.

Grace & Peace to You in the Name of Jesus Christ –

Pastor Don Allman

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