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.
The Outreach Foundation is raising money to assist the survivors of the Beirut explosion. Learn more about what's being done on the ground by this organization supported by the IPC Foundation.
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.
At Independent Presbyterian Church, we believe God calls us to be a Christian community, actively engaged in transforming lives through our living faith in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. Christian community by its very nature is a very close community—we enjoy each other’s company and presence by spending time together in fellowship, worship and by the breaking of bread. This year has been really challenging for both staff and lay people alike on how to actively engage in transforming lives while keeping everyone safe. This document will provide information about a phased approach to return to in-person gatherings, sources used by the H&P Reopening Task Force for guidance, facility guidelines and frequently asked questions.
More girls through across the Southeast gained cooking schools, made friends and continued learning through Girls Inc.', an organization supported by the IPC Foundation. The virtual camp also provided a much needed enrichment opportunity for parents who were struggling to work and keep their girls occupied during the pandemic.
Remember what St. Paul said in Romans 8, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God,” -not even pandemics.
want to share a brief update on our work in Tete Province. Coronavirus cases seem to be rising in Tete Province after a slow start. Sebber reports that the borders are closed except for large trucks bringing in food and supplies. Our work is on hold until the situation improves and the borders open. Until the coronavirus appeared in Tete Province in late March or early April, we had been very busy.
There is hardly any way to describe fully the change in our daily lives or the outlook for our post-pandemic world. These circumstances are unique to us. The longer the social distancing and isolation go on, the more I compare the experience to that first plunge into grief when we find ourselves in uncharted territory and walking unfamiliar paths.
Read an executive summary from the House & Properties Task Force and see the results from the congregational re-opening survey.
This is not the way I want to reach each one of you, but I am not sure how else to connect during a pandemic. I want to share with you many months of discernment about my ministry at IPC. With much prayer and emotion, I will leave my position as Director of Youth Ministries in mid-August.