Letter from the Pastor

The Branch From the Pastor

Slowly, things take shape, change, and grow. Each week brings new discoveries, history, concerns, providing a deeper context and a more complete understanding where the path ahead lie.

Healing is a needed path. I have been blessed to hear the stories of woundedness, frustration and conflict experienced by members of the church. These stories are often related to the church here at CLC in various forms. The pathway to healing goes through sharing stories we need to make sense of and become released from to move forward. Keep coming as you can to share your stories with me.

Organization is a needed path. I have been amazed at the hard working and passionate volunteers, leadership and staff all serving the church. But what seems clear is a lack of cohesiveness, vision, and connectedness to your pastor and /or unity, meaning and purpose of the church. Continue to be willing to examine how things have been done in the past, evaluate, seeking more connected unity and attention to improving all our organizational process.

I believe we are just scratching the surface of discovery, sharing stories, and getting organized. Please be prayerful for our direction and process as we move forward together.

This week, my family will finally be moving into our home here in Wyoming. The hope is that by September we may be settled into our home. We have been fortunate to have the love and support of my mother, who has welcomed us and our dogs these past 7 weeks!

I wonder if there is ever a day, and time, we feel settled? As I have come to know God, I believe the path of spiritual growth is endless. It is always a journey, never a destination.

Would you not agree, until death, we are absolutely expected to change daily? Even if we did NOT want to change, it is a reality that all things change, evolve, and find new meaning, purpose and understanding. Are you the same person you were 5, 10, 20 years ago? Is our society and world
the same they were 5, 10, 20 years ago?

Regarding your relationships, how has birth, maturing, illness, death, separation or moving affected those? Just the fact of aging alone, forces us to the reality of change comes day by day. How about your education/work/retirement life?

The older you are... the more change you have experienced. It never stops. We may try acting as if nothing has changed. We may stay stuck in the past, holding on to what was. But change is constant.

Change is upon us, no matter if we choose to embrace it, or deny it.

It is true in life. True in faith.

In Christ,
Pr. Rob

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