Christa’s Corner…

Christa’s Corner…

FPC Family,


It is with delight that I share that on Thursday, April 26th, at Early Sabbath, we will commission two new Stephen Ministers, Rod Madert and Eric Rice.  They have spent 50 hours in training to become Stephen Ministers, and they are now ready to provide confidential one-on-one care to members of our congregation and community who would like someone to walk alongside them through some life’s challenging journeys.  As we commission Rod and Eric, we will also be recognizing Rev. Anthony (Tony) Larson and Mickie Smith from Trinity Presbyterian Church, who have completed the Stephen Ministry training alongside Rod and Eric.  While Stephen Ministry only allows us to commission our own church members, we will be celebrating with Trinity Presbyterian Church that their pastor and an active lay member have also completed this training.  Trinity is considering becoming a Stephen Ministry congregation or having some other kind of lay caregiving ministry, and this training will provide them with a good start in those endeavors.


It has been a blessing to partner with Trinity Presbyterian in the Stephen Ministry training.  As Presbyterians, we see ourselves as a “connectional church” and that means that we believe that we are at our best when we work together, share resources, and serve in mission together.  This joint training has been a way for us to share of our time and resources with Trinity, and we have grown and benefited from the relationships we have formed with people in their congregation.  Their pastor, Tony, and I have spent a little bit of time dreaming about how our congregations might continue to partner with one another, share resources, and do education and mission together.  In what greater ways can we serve God by sharing together in ministry?


On another note, I would like to share with you that registration for our second annual women’s retreat is opening at the PW Women’s Luncheon on Tuesday, May 1.  Last year was a great success and the women who came all had a wonderful time.  We believe that this year will be no different.  If you register in May, you get the Early Bird price.  The price will increase on June 1.  Sign up soon to guarantee yourself a spot and to get in on the cheaper price!  Our speaker this year will be Rev. Rachel Young, who serves as the Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church in Clear Lake, TX (right next to NASA).  She is a member of my pastoral colleague group and loves leading women’s retreats, particularly ones that address matters of prayer and spirituality.  Keep your eyes posted for the theme of the retreat that the leadership will decide at their May meeting.  If you have any questions about registration, please direct them to Amy Warner or Beth Campbell.  If you have any further questions or comments about the women’s retreat, you may direct them to any member of the women’s retreat planning committee, which this year includes: Jane Bartel, Beth Campbell, Glenda Connolly, Jamie Deitrick, Beverly Jones,    Dona Lee, Amy Warner, and me.




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