My role is to help connect the pastors, staff, and members in caring for this part of Christ’s church. Please feel free to introduce yourself to me, and call when you need someone to listen. I look forward to serving Christ with you in this time of transition.
Dear Friends, as you can imagine, I am filled with many emotions right now as I prepare to retire from IPC. I realize that while it is perfectly natural to think of a sermon or a baptism or pastoral visit as being my “last one” at IPC, this is not the best way to retire. Instead, I have been focusing on the experiences and images that will be the lasting ones in my heart and mind.
Those who have the “right touch” in any given situation are blessed with a special gift. Lucy Turner embodies this for me and I know for many in the IPC congregation where she has been a Pastor for the last 16 years. She has touched many lives with her intuitive ability to dig deep into the real meaning of an issue whether it be a baptism, homily, Bible lesson, counseling session, or sermon.
I am writing to announce my intention to retire from IPC on October 31, 2020. I can hardly believe that it has been 16 years since I answered God’s call and accepted your invitation to join the staff. It has been both a joy and a privilege to serve as your associate pastor—particularly as the director of pastoral care and counseling.
A recent article passed my way yesterday posing the question, “Why are dentist’s discovering so many cracked teeth after the start of the pandemic?” I didn’t read it, but I suspect the answer has to do with gritting our teeth (bruxism) while sleeping and awake. While there are many causes, one of the primary ones is stress and anxiety. Most times we are unconscious about how our body responds to stress. We just acclimate to it and assume it is normal. However, the data shows that if we become more aware of how our bodies react to external stress, which today because of the pandemic is more acute, we can start doing something healthier than letting it “grind us down.”