A letter from Interim Pastor Dr. Steve Goyer | Jan. 14, 2021

Blessings for the new year from the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) and an update on where we are in our search.

A grand tree that has stood on the church's property for possibly a century has reached its lifespan. The tree will be removed on Friday, Jan. 15, however, its legacy will carry forward. 

The Reopening Task Force continues to meet weekly via Zoom as has been our routine beginning in May of 2020.  One of our overriding guiding principles has been to reopen the church in a balanced and responsible manner to help reduce the risk of transmission of the virus among our members, guests and staff. In light of the current Covid-19 numbers and the expected trends for the coming weeks, we recommend keeping our worship services virtual for the remainder of January. 

In the days after the tragic violence at the Capitol, Senior Pastor Dr. Steve Goyer shares a helpful, five step process —theologically and spiritually grounded—we, as followers of Jesus Christ, can use to devote time to prayer and meditation.

As increased Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations across the nation and in our community continue to make headlines, the Re-opening Task Force meets weekly to monitor and discuss the best measures and recommendations to keep IPC and it's congregation safe. The Task Force met Dec. 29, 2020 and made the decision to continue the same Phase 1 Guidelines. 

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.

Rev. Lucy Turner dedicated most of her more than 16 years at IPC to caring for our members when they need it the most. In honor of Lucy’s retirement, we are establishing a Pastor Care and Counseling Assistance Fund in the IPC Foundation to provide pastoral care and counseling for those in need.

Through LUV's education program we increase the capacity for children and adults to grow academically and spiritually. It is our goal to see bodies protected, minds expanded, and hearts transformed.

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.