A Report of Pastoral Ministry at St. Paul's
We share a common purpose at St. Paul's and that purpose is to proclaim the good new of Jesus Christ in word and deed. And so that purpose, that call to mission, becomes the guiding questions for us to set priorities, to make decisions and to judge the impact that each of our ministries has in the lives of the people of this congregation and in the community we serve.
We have organized our ministries at St. Paul's according the promises we make in Baptism: these are ministries of this congregation that primarily benefit those inside the fellowship of this community and those ministries of this congregation that benefit those who essentially outside our community. Additionally, there are ministries that support both axes of our mission. This report is organized to highlight that dual emphasis.
The Ministries Primarily For Your Benefit: Fellowship, Worship, Study and Prayer
Fellowship: Life Among God's Faithful People
As your pastor, I see life among God's faithful people primarily through the lens of pastoral care. This ministry tends to and cares for individuals and seeks to cultivate and nurture a caring community, by encouraging and supporting you in your mutual care and consolation.
Continuing Education in Pastoral Care and Counseling. In 2014, I embarked on a journey to complete the requirements for the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. In 2016, I completed the coursework requirements and conducted the research for my Doctor of Ministry Project and Project Narrative. My project is titled Toward a Transformative Pastoral Response to the Experience of Financial Distress, and my hope is that the process I describe will guide not only my pastoral ministry, but transform the process of serving others. With one step to go in this journey, I am reminded that I sought this degree not simply for my own enrichment, but so that I might be better equipped to serve you and the people in our neighborhood. Especially in the area of pastoral counseling, I have gained skill and confidence and a network of support in this important ministry. As we move forward, I am seeking pathways to improve and grow in counseling experience and technique, and that simply means practice, reflection and supervision. So, if you need to talk ...
Coaching. This fall, the ELCA launched a renewed and improved effort to develop a coaching ministry in each region of the church. I attended an intensive coaches training retreat and participated in an additional hours of supervised coaching labs to receive basic certification as an ELCA Level 1 Coach. I see the Holy Spirit working here. The coaches' training gave me a chance to learn and practice the solution-focused, client-centered, future-development oriented approach to counseling that I had researched throughout the summer in preparation for my project, and opened a door to a way of being pastor for you that I pray will benefit us all.
Mourning and Grief. We cannot talk about our life together without talking about grief and the significant and even tragic losses this community experienced throughout the year. In one way or another grief and loss had to be addressed in almost every aspect of our ministry.
First we mourned the death of beloved members: Curly Michael, Brad (John) Verducci, Marcus Scroggins, Ruth Gliozzi, Jenda Pigari, Doris Uhl, Vince Reedinger, Ed Wittmer.
Next, members of our congregation mourned the death of parents and close relatives, including me. My mother died in April. Finally, since grief and loss is not an experience exclusively reserved for death, we grieved when the Sprungers relocated in June. Yet, our good and gracious God was working among us through ministries of comfort, hope and healing.
Grief Support Group. Just as I was preparing to organize a grief support group this fall, Michael Gabriel from Community Presbyterian Church approached me with information about an ongoing GriefShare grief support-group meeting at Community Presbyterian. Once again, the Holy Spirit come among us to care for and comfort God's people. Throughout the fall, I participated in GriefShare along with a couple of St. Paul's members. In 2017 (starting February 28), I will lead the next session, and we will meet at St. Paul's. This 13-week program demands a large block of time, but what a vital ministry at this time, for this community and our neighborhood.
A Service of Remembrance. In early November, just as I was planning to prepare a special "Blue Christmas Liturgy," Allen from Boylan Funeral Home called, asking if we were interested in hosting a Service of Remembrance sometime in December. After some conversation, we decided to use portions of the Blue Christmas evening prayer liturgy and to give each family an opportunity to hang an angel ornament in memory of their loved one on a Christmas tree. On December 14, more that 150 people packed the St. Paul's sanctuary -- people from our congregation and from the local community -- to pray, mourn and remember their loved ones during the difficult holiday season. For the next couple of weeks, people introduced themselves to me while I was out in the area, and they thanked us for hosting and leading such a beautiful service. We will, in one way or another, make this a part of our ongoing outreach and ministry.
Pastoral Visits. There is, of course, the pastoral ministry of visiting the sick, the homebound, the hospitalized and others in need of God's presence, love and care in trying times. In 2016, these visits also included conversations with members at our partner congregation St. Stephen. I treasure these visits, these conversations and the privilege of being welcomed into your life. Our congregational support team finished its training in early 2016, but the circumstances of the year led us to put this ministry on hold. The restart of this ministry of lay support and intentional caring among the members of St. Paul's remains a high priority for me in 2017.
Community Gatherings. There were other, more happy gatherings of God's people for fellowship and mutual support. Lenten Soup Suppers, Sunday School Picnic, Back to School Breakfast, our decorating events at Easter and Christmas, and even our weekly coffee time after worship. Thank you to all who served, shared, planned and organized these gatherings. We always have opportunities for people to serve, as individuals or on teams, particularly in this area of fellowship and event planning and our coffee hour. Additionally, our young people -- late elementary through high school -- would benefit from the ministry of someone who could plan fellowship events and participate with them in synod-run and camp-run events.
Word and Sacrament: Hear God's Word and Share in the Lord's Supper
Christ stands at the center of our community. In baptism, we are created by God in Christ for lives to God's praise and glory. In worship, God calls and gathers us by the Holy Spirit to hear God's Word -- scripture and preaching -- and to be nourished by his body and blood in the Lord's Supper. In Sunday school and in Bibles studies, we open God's Word and listen to what God is saying to us -- a word that both convicts and reforms, comforts and forgives. In prayer, God meets us in conversation and counsel, encouraging us to bring our whole lives to God in adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication. It should come as no surprise that we spend a good deal of our resources -- our time, talent and money -- on the ministries that call us worship around the center of our faith and life -- Jesus Christ. As your pastor, here are some of the ways, I particularly sought to nurture your life in Christ through the ministry of Word and Sacrament.
Worship. There is a familiar pattern to our worship -- the church calendar of Sundays, seasons and festivals; the lectionaries that assign readings for each Sunday from throughout the whole of scripture; our pattern of alternating Holy Communion services with Services of the Word; our inclusion of the youth in singing and leading worship on a monthly basis. Within these familiar patterns there is still room for improvisation and for variation in style and emphasis, to draw our attention to different gifts God brings and to help and guide our response to God's grace. In 2016, we faithfully followed the liturgical pattern that is our custom, but we also introduced the following variations so that you might grow in your worship, faith and relationship with God.
Saturday Evening Worship. Saturday spoken worship again demonstrates the variations on a theme. While there rarely music at this service, God is truly present in Word and Sacrament, as well as among the community of those who have made this their regular, weekly worship service. At the end of the year, we added a liturgy of Evening Prayer, with and without Holy Communion, as the basic order for service, giving Saturday Evening its own distinct liturgy, instead of simply removing stuff from Sunday's worship. Saturday worship is also the place where we observe the Easter Vigil, the Vigil of Pentecost, celebrate weekly communion in Advent and Christmas, and have presented our Christmas Musical.
The St. Paul's Band. The band played to mark three festival Sundays -- Transfiguration, Holy Trinity and Christ the King, and to celebrate the restart of our Sunday school in the fall. The St. Paul's band adds some instrumental variety to our music and provides a celebratory and worshipful sound to our observation of these festivals. I particularly remember our Back-to-School service this fall. The mood in the congregation, and even my own mood, was low. Perhaps the weight of grief was weighing particularly heavily on us. When the band started playing, I could see the change in your faces as we worshiped, how the worship of our God on this Sunday lifted us over our grief. Thank you to our band, Stefeny Stofa Krombholz, Kelly and Paul Lubonski, Paul Stofa and Al Battagliotti, for their service this year. If you would like to play or sing with our band, please talk to me, to Stefeny or to another member of the band.
Liturgy in the Bulletin. In a congregational conversation, many members expressed the desire to print the entire liturgy in the Sunday bulletin. In Advent, we starting do just that by printing the liturgies for each season in the Sunday bulletin, we hope to make the liturgy easier to follow and more accessible to visitors. To help us create our service bulletins, we subscribe to SundaysandSeasons.com. This resource also helps us vary our prayers of confession and thanksgiving as we move through the church year.
The St. Paul's Choir. Thank you to Stefeny Stofa Krombholz and to the members of the St. Paul's choir for their leadership in our worship. Each week the choir sings, their anthem becomes another way that God speaks to us through God's word and the powerful gift of music. At the same time, the choir leads the congregation in singing the liturgy, helping and supporting in singing what is old and family and guiding us as we us learn new songs, new settings, new ways of worshipping. The choir also takes the lead role in our Good Friday service, and this year sang in our Christmas Musical. There is always a place for you in the choir.
Liturgical Action and Sermon Interaction. From time to time throughout the year, we add some particular type of action to our worship or I ask you to participate or respond to the sermon as it unfolds. These actions might include lighting candles, receiving an anointing in oils, placing of ash as a sign of repentance, laying on hands in a word of forgiveness, the sprinkling with the waters of baptism and more. In sermons I might ask you to share a story with the people around you or write something on a note card, to follow the flow of the text in the Celebrate insert or simply spend a quiet moment bringing something to mind. In 2017, together with the worship and music committee, we will look to include more of these creative whole body, whole person activities to our worship.
Favorite Hymn Countdown. We had a lot of fun this year when we asked everyone to write down their favorite hymns. We revealed the Top 6 vote getters in a special worship service where we counted down this community's favorite hymns.
Baptisms, confirmation, first communion and weddings. While we gathered to grieve and mourn the death of beloved church and family members, we also gathered for to witness and welcome nine children into God's family through Holy Baptism.
In one of those gatherings in mid September, we celebrated God's grace in the amazing way 3 children from the same family received baptism in what might have been the wildest experience of the Holy Spirit at work, I have presided over in worship. That event also clearly demonstrates how God is at work in the lives of people in the neighborhood around us, and we play a part in what God is doing in their life. This is our privilege and our mission. We are not judges of the world, but people who wait on the movement of God's Spirit to respond with the proclamation of the good news. In May, we celebrated along with three of our young people as they affirmed their baptismal faith.
In October and November, we helped and guided four young women dug more deeply into the meaning of Holy Communion and then we rejoiced as they received communion for the first time.
Four times this year, it was my joy and honor to preside at the service where a couple exchanged their wedding vows. Before that day, however, I had the privilege of helping and guiding the couple in explore their relationship with God and each other, as well as the calling to live as Christian family and witness to God's love in the world. The numbers are ...
Bible Study & Prayer. In our budget we call this area Christian Education. In recent years, congregations have started to name this a ministry of Faith Formation as a way to focus both on the intended outcome and the process that is involved, instead of simply on the program. At St. Paul's, we keep in mind that in each endeavor, we seek to help and guide God's children into a deeper understanding of who God is, what God has done for us in Christ, how God has created us for a relationship with God, and how that relationship changes us and our relationship to others and the world. Here are the particular ministries at St. Paul's in 2016.
Sunday School. Thank you to our teachers Sue Lincoln, Helen Battagliotti, Vicki D'Agostino, Jeremy Lincoln and Donna Lanigan, as well as to Stefeny Stofa Krombholz who taught them God's Word in Music.
Vacation Bible School. One of the most exciting events of the year. In partnership with St. Stephen Lutheran Church and Onnuri Church, we offered a weeklong Vacation Bible School at the beginning of July. Not only did the effort bring together three separate churches, but also spanned culture and denominations ... and it was really fun!
First Communion and Confirmation. While the entire Sunday school learned more about the Lord's Supper, I met with the four, first communion candidates and prepared for that next step in their baptismal life. In the spring, confirmation class met weekly on Sunday mornings. In the fall, the confirmation class -- now made up of three exceptional young men -- met on Thursday evenings.
Monday Evening Bible Study. This study met at St. Stephen on Monday evenings throughout the year. Late in the fall, Pastor Wayne Brady began leading the study, giving me time to work on my project. Thank you to Pastor Brady for leading this group.
Bible and Bagels. Bible and Bagels met throughout the year to consider the texts that we will read together in worship on Sunday morning. Attendance was down, compared to other years, but the discussion and the study still provided a chance to meet God in God's Word and to grow more deeply in our baptismal life. I particularly appreciate this study as a way to focus my sermon preparation in conversations that wonder what God is doing in our daily lives.
Eat. Think. Pray. During Lent, we gather for soup and for a time of study. This year, we used Daniel Erlander's book Baptized We Live to explore our Lutheran tradition and to share the special way that Lutherans approach life in Christ.
Centering Prayer. Over the past couple of years, I have followed up our Lenten study with a study of the practice of Contemplative Prayer during the Easter Season, specifically the practice known as Centering Prayer. This year, a new group met to learn a method of prayer that seeks to deepen their relationship with God, as well as create headspace and heartspace to commune with God in Christ through the Spirit in this present moment in time. In these meetings, we also learned an ancient method of the contemplative reading of the Bible called Lectio Divina.
Stewardship. You might think that our fall stewardship emphasis is purely an effort to raise funds or solicit pledges of financial commitment for the coming year, but they are in truth, a faith formation process that is designed to consider baptismal life in terms of our calling to be stewards of God's gifts. This year, we used the theme A Generous Witness to explore how God's generosity (grace) creates us and redeems us, and now how our generous response to God's grace bears witness to God's presence in the world.
One way you, as a baptized child of God can be transformed in 2017, is to take time for Bible study. The story of the Bible is the story of God and God's creation, and we are now included in this life-saving, life-transforming, life-blessing story through our baptism into Jesus' death and resurrection. Our names have been literally written into the story of God's creation and redemption of the world. For that reason and that reason alone, Bible study as vital to our life in Christ as is our breath. For that reason, I thank God that at each and every meeting, whether two or 32 are gathered, God is there and God's people are changed. I am amazed by what God is doing in the lives of the people of this community. I wish that more people would take advantage of these opportunities to gather around God's word. In 2017, I will explore how we can change our adult Bible studies so that more of us might enjoy the benefits of study and prayer.
The Ministries Primarily For The Benefit of Others:
Service, Evangelism and Advocacy
Loving All People Following the Example of Jesus
In the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Luke (Luke 4:16-21), we find Jesus at the start of his ministry. He goes into the synagogue in his hometown, as was his custom (regular worship), he opens the scroll (God's Word) and he opens to Isaiah 61, where he reads:
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus then rolls up the scroll, sits down (a posture of teaching), and declares that in him this prophecy is fulfilled. It is Jesus that Isaiah is talking about. This is the ministry of Jesus. In our baptism we receive the Holy Spirit, and we too are anointed for lives of ministry. From the benefits we receive in worship and study, we discover our vocation and the strength to carry out that ministry in Jesus' name for the sake of the world.
Local Mission. Our budget organizes our ministries of love (charity) under the broad heading of local mission. A couple of years ago, our council defined the purpose of Local Mission as how this community responds in care to the physical and spiritual needs of the world around us. The Servant Ministry Team oversees, plans and organizes these ministries. In the fall, Jane Brady volunteered to chair this community. I thank God for Jane's leadership and her passion for God's people and the world. By far, the longest running Local Mission ministry is the St. Paul's Food Pantry.
Food Pantry. Our food pantry is our response to a hungry community and Jesus' command to feed the hungry. This year, the food pantry expanded the level of service that it provides in an effort to have more of an impact in the lives of people who seek assistance. The Food pantry and Servant Ministry Team reports share some of the details of this ministry. Some of the most vulnerable members of our neighborhood have come to rely on this pantry. No talk of the food pantry can go without expressing our tremendous gratitude for the dedicated work of Gary Wittmer, Ralph Berg, Mark Merwin and our secretary Kathy Balenson.
Holiday Food Baskets. This year, we gave out 10 holiday baskets to people in need in our community. The Bible Buddies Fun Club provided plates, napkins, baskets and inspirational place mats and decorations for the families.
Community Garden. Our partners at the Ken Shirk Childcare center secured a grant from Stop and Shop to build the raised bed gardens in our back yard. Each spring the children from the Childcare Center plant vegetables as project, and they share the harvest with the people who use the Food Pantry. In addition to our own gardens, St. Paul's gardeners also share the bounty of their backyard gardens with the people who rely on our Food Pantry. Thank you to the children and teachers and all of our backyard gardeners.
Hygiene Kits for Lutheran World Relief. We collected ingredients and assembled almost 100 emergency hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief's emergency response efforts. In a year, when we were moved with sorrow and compassion for the plight of refugees and migrants around the world, this effort gave us a way to help people in some of the most trying times imaginable.
God's Work; Our Hands Sunday. We continued our work on hygiene kits for Lutheran World Relief and assembled more hygiene kits and senior welcome bags for Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey.
Metuchen Country Fair: Buck a Duck. Thank you to Tony Gruenewald who organized this year's efforts to raise awareness and funds for ELCA World Hunger's global poverty and hunger fighting campaigns. And thank you to all the volunteers who worked our booth. This year, we also distributed information about St. Paul's and our various ministries.
Emergency Funds (aka Pastor's Discretionary Funds). Each year, I am asked to respond to families in financial crisis of some type or another. Through the use of Pastor Discretionary Funds, I can respond confidentially to a person or family at a time when they are in danger of losing basic needs, as well as times when we can make a real difference, both small and large, in a person's life.
Housing Partnership with Our Savior's. Our partnership with Our Savior in housing a family that suffered the loss of their house in Hurricane Sandy came to an end this year. For more than a year we paid the living expenses for the family, using money we received for Sandy relief work from Byggland Lutheran Church. In the coming year, both Our Savior and St. Stephen, Edison, will be looking for ways to put their vacant personages to use.
New venture. In 2017, we're going to embark on a new endeavor, participating in an ELCA World Hunger pilot program -- 1K Congregations -- that seeks to introduce local congregations to the power of microlending as a way to change and save lives. We begin our journey by engaging in a five-week Bible study, starting January 25. You will see funds allocated for this effort In the 2017 budget.
Evangelism. As Christians, we bear witness to the love of God in Christ Jesus, and we look for opportunities to invite people to join us in the fellowship we share in Christ. In 2016, we invited our neighbors to join us in worship, study and service in three ways -- through Facebook, new-mover direct mail postcards, and a Christmas ad in the Criterion.
Facebook. We invited people to join us in worship during Easter, back-to-school and at other times this year by paying for modest Facebook advertising. But, that's just the start of the reach we can have through this social media platform. By liking our Facebook page, by checking in each time you come to worship or to a study or even a media, you can share St. Paul's with your entire social network, multiplying our reach exponentially. Beyond this, by sharing our e-newsletter with your social network, we can spread the news of what God is doing among us with your friends.
New-mover direct mail postcards. Using Outreach, we send a postcard to about 100 new residents to our community each month. The postcard invites them to join us in worship and study.
Christmas Ad in The Criterion. Once again this Christmas we joined up with Our Savior Lutheran Church to publish a Christmas invite to worship for the four Lutheran churches in our area.
In 2017, we have more evangelism ideas in the works, including neighborhood invites and prayer walking in our community. In April, St. Stephen, Edison, is sponsoring an witnessing training workshop to provide tips and ideas for how to share the Gospel with our friends and neighbors.
Advocacy: Striving for peace and justice in all the world.
Mission Support. In 2016, this congregation shared more than $20,000 in mission support and other gifts with the regional, national and global ministries of the the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The money we share supports and strengthens congregations, funds mission and evangelism and new church starts, and trains and equips leaders for the church of today and tomorrow.
Mission Support: For Advocacy. A portion of the money we share, however, as part of the the New Jersey Synod and as part of the ELCA, involves advocating for people who are marginalized, vulnerable and generally left defenseless in this world, particularly the poor, the physically and mentally ill, the disabled, the aliens in our midst, the imprisoned, the hungry, those who have suffered loss in earthquake and storms, and the list continues. Through our partnership with the New Jersey Synod and the ELCA, we also work at a number of different peace-building and community building activities in our state, our nation and around the world. In the past year, this church has emphasized the need to combat racism -- the racism that infects us as individuals and the systemic racism that has harmed and disadvantaged so many and trapped others in lives of hatred and even violence.
This kind of work is often portrayed as liberal or progressive, but in truth it has no particular political affinity. Whether conservative or progress, Republican, Democrat or Independent, our faith in Jesus and the vocation we share as the baptized calls us to respond to the effects and harm of human sin in all its forms, to love all people and seek the best for all members of our community. We may politically disagree on methods or even desired outcomes, but we cannot as a Christ-centered, Biblically formed community turn away from the hungry, the sick, the alien or others, nor can we as people who have committed ourselves to lives of love, following the example of Jesus, tolerate hatred in any form within our hearts. Our synod has a number of advocacy and social justice related committees and task forces that you may wish to participate in if you are passionate about this kind of work.
Community Partnerships. Another way this congregation works for peace and justice is by supporting the work of local community partners, such as MCFOODS, FISH, MEAICA and others. In this way, we become involved in the work of bringing hope and healing to our neighbors, in partnership with others who share a common goal.
Your Personal Efforts. Are you involved in efforts that build bridges, bring people together and heal broken communities in other aspects of your life? Let us know about the work you are doing. This too is a way that you are sharing the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
Ministries That Support Our Common Mission
Administration. Kathy Balenson, our secretary has this year once again done an excellent job in her work supporting the minsitries of this congregation. From the food pantry to Sunday worship bulletins, to working with contractors and renters, Kathy's ministry helps to keep this congregation running smoothly.
Building. Our building is our ministry center and our home base. In this space, children are cared for, four separate congregations worship, people find relief and freedom from addiction, friends and family who have lost their loved ones have a beautiful and sacred place to connect with this who have died ... and some of our neighbors find a few extra parking spaces. Thank you to all who work so hard to keep our property in good shape and inviting to all -- especially Frank Hall, Ted Mezours, Ralph Berg, Vince Reedinger, Paul Lubonski, Paul Gadomski, Bill Orcutt and Billy Orcutt, and Bill Lasko.
Church Council. This community is blessed to have such an experienced, talented and dedicated group of people serving it as its church council. The church council tends to the oversight of the mission and minsitries of this congregation and on behalf of the congregation throughout the year. Thank you Kelly Lubonski for leading the council as president; Bob Crupi for serving as vice president; for Marisa Cooper for her faithful service as our council secretary again this year; and special thanks to Elaine Peterson who is completing her first year as our treasurer. It takes a lot of time to stay on top of things in this congregation, and Elaine has done a great job. This year, Manick Iyyadurai finishes his term on council. We thank him for his with, wisdom and his dedication these past three years. We will miss him on council.
Endowment. For the past few years, we have had a Pastoral Housing Endowment, and a year ago we passed bylaws for a General Endowment for the purpose of gathering gifts and legacy offerings for the sake of the future congregation and to fund new ministry ventures. In 2016, we added one more endowment, a family-funded, closed endowment whose purposes have been defined as providing for the care of the Memorial Garden, supporting Sunday school and faith formation through Crossroads camp, and providing future resources for the pastor's discretionary fund. Also in 2016, a generous gift of more than $100,000 from the estate of Vince Reedinger provided funds that opened our General Endowment. While these funds are still in their growth stage, the generosity of the people of St. Paul's will help and support the witness this community makes to Jesus Christ long into the future. I encourage each of you to make some kind of arrangement in your will or in your estate planning for God's mission through St. Paul's.
Special Note: Vice Pastor of St. Stephen
In 2016, I served as vice pastor for St. Stephen Lutheran Church. As vice pastor I provide pastoral care to the members of St. Stephen, as well as support and guidance to the St. Stephen council. Through the year, we explored ways to provide a pastoral presence for St. Stephen through some variation of shared ministry in cooperation with St. Paul's and Our Saviors. In the fall of 2016, we convened a community meeting for the purpose of exploring how we would move forward in partnership with St. Stephen. We concluded that the efforts we were making toward shared ministry were sufficient for the time being, but that the New Jersey Synod should continue exploring other possibilities for yoking St. Stephens with another community that was also in seeking part-time, pastoral leadership. In the meantime, we requested that the New Jersey Synod identify a person to serve as a stated supply pastor. In 2017, our shared worship, study and fellowship opportunities will continue as planned, and for the foreseeable future I continue to serve as vice pastor. The New Jersey Synod, however, has identified a stated supply pastor and is actively looking for a pastor to serve all aspects of parish life at St. Stephen. We will worship together on Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, God's Work; Our Hands Sunday; and Christmas Day.
There is so much more that God accomplished in, among and through us in 2016, and if I have forgotten to share anything it is merely because there is so much that God is doing with the talented and dedicated people of this community. I am grateful, humbled and honored to serve as your pastor.
Your Servant in Christ,
Rev. James Krombholz
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