Hello St. Mark's Community and Friends,
Last month my newsletter was entitled, "What does the pastor do all day?" I shared about what passes for an average week and how my time as pastor is allocated. It is clear there is more to do than there is time in the day. As the church, there are ways that you can indeed help me by helping your congregation.
You can volunteer to serve on a team or committee. We have tried to make sure our teams are working well because your time is valuable. Some of your time offered to your church can make a big difference.
Please try to keep me informed as possible. As pastor, people sometimes believe I "just find things out" or the hospital calls me or someone just lets me know that a church member is in need of visit, I would rather be contacted multiple times for the same person than not find out an important piece of information. Help me stay informed.
When you are sharing information with me, please write it down, text me, email me or call me when it isn't Sunday morning. My old brain is less capable of clinging to a thousand details than it used to be. Help me by communicating with more than a quick verbal comment.
Finally, help me by being willing to go out and visit with members of your church. I hope to re-restablish visitation teams at both congregations so we can make sure all of our folks who can't get to church still feel like they are a loved part of the community.
We can work together to make our congregations even better than they are right now. With God's blessing and out effort, may it be so.
God is doing great things through St. John's and St. Mark's.
I am always available by phone or text at 610-334-5130. My email is email@example.com. My two amazing office administrators Jean Maffeo and Brenda Ellex usually know where I am before I do. If you would like a visit or would like to share some time together, just tell me and I will be there for you.