Letter from Pastor Paula—November 13, 2020
This year is unprecedented in the amount of change we have faced, some of which has provided opportunity for each of us to reevaluate our priorities. For me, this has been a season of discernment regarding my next steps in ministry.
I believe God calls each of us into a lifelong journey of discipleship, a calling which never ends. I remember the moment I sensed God calling me into a new journey of full-time ministry. Similarly, I have come to another moment, where I sense the completion of this phase of my journey. In June 2021, I will be retiring from my role as Associate Pastor of Discipleship, but first I will begin by transitioning to part-time this January. However, please know that my passion for Jesus, for this church, for discipleship, and for each of you will not diminish!
This church has been a true family for me on my personal journey of faith and calling. Forty years ago, Bill and I came to SBPC with our two young daughters. We all “grew up” here with a love for Jesus and a passion for serving in this church. Twenty-three years ago, I was called to join the ministry leadership team and begin my journey in professional ministry. I am so grateful for the gift this faith community gave me in providing a pathway to respond to God’s faithfulness in my life, as I moved from volunteer, to full-time staff, and finally to Associate Pastor.
Moving forward, please join me in trusting God, trusting the Session, and trusting the Staff and Pastors in seeking God’s very best for this church in the years ahead. I hold deep respect and love for the entire leadership team. I am confident you are in good hands as God makes clear what will be needed for this church to continue to thrive in the future.
I echo Paul’s prayer from Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!” Amen.
Thank you for your faithful support and partnership in ministry for so many years. It has been a privilege to serve alongside you. I am grateful this is not good-bye, as I look forward to continuing our journey together over the next eight months.
May the peace of Christ be with you,
Associate Pastor of Discipleship