It's not even my first Sunday yet, and I've already made my first hospital visit in the Central Vermont area. Last night I met Bob L., a retired pastor and, before that, a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier. Bob taught language arts for twenty-five years and then was a pastor for… Continue reading Legacy and Tribute
from the previous post: I have to say that I know a few colleagues who pack themselves, who have very few people to help them in saying goodbye and hello. I may have just transferred the world’s smallest balance from one bank to another, but I tell you, I think I am the richest woman… Continue reading Credits
Sorry for the delay-- had a little trouble finding the keyboard in the move, and I wasn't about to blog using the clicky-on-screen thing. ick. First of all, Sunday's farewell service was wonderful. The liturgy I found online (thank you, Mennonites!) was much better than that thing in the UM book of Worship, and then… Continue reading Home Sweet Home
Mentally running over my sermon ideas for the rest of the summer, I realized: I have three more Sundays at St. Paul's. Three. I'll be in the corner in a fetal position.
If there's a pastor in town who doesn't have a funeral this week, I want to know who it is (because s/he must have some magic protection on the congregation, and I want it). It's a bad week, especially for unexpected deaths. Especially for young men. And the funeral director's own father, the former funeral… Continue reading Just Say It.
I know, I sound a little... Clintonian here, but I have a question about the meaning of pastoral contact. You see, according to our guidelines for appointment, clergy covenant, and countless other documents, After the change of appointment, the outgoing pastor will not have pastoral contact with any member of the congregation without the invitation… Continue reading I did not have pastoral relations with that woman!
I must say that I feel about a million times better, having announced to my church that I will be reappointed. This appointment was finalized pretty quickly (because it's so late in the year, especially), but it still felt like an eternity from my first contact with a District Superintendent about the churches to the… Continue reading Embodied Stress
Having (tearfully) made the announcement in church this morning, I can now tell all of you that it is the intention of Bishop Hassinger and the Cabinet of Troy Conference to appoint me to Trinity United Methodist Church in Montpelier and Grace United Methodist Church in Plainfield, Vermont, effective September 1. Clearly, there were a… Continue reading Announcements, anouncements
As I predicted, my sweet old lady in the nursing home is still living, and more miserable than ever, although she's wonderfully lucid and frank and quite funny (Well, I don't care what the nurse's name is, I'm just telling you he was good-looking. And he's the one who did my bath today). I went… Continue reading Caught in the Act
As of the conclusion of yesterday's church service, (and its sermon, "God's Team"), I am on vacation for one week. So far, I've had to resist 1. getting involved in the church's desperate efforts to put together a Memorial Day float, 2. overseeing the construction of the church memorial garden, the design of which has… Continue reading The importance of self (and family)- care