The H&P subcommittee on reopening acknowledges the ‘farewell day” for our friend, Brian Lays, on June 28 and also the desire to meet in person our new friend, Steve Goyer. We had hoped to see a decline in number of new cases before we bring the congregation back together. Instead of declining, new cases pretty much doubled over the weekend. So, we are reluctant to meet so soon, but if we do, we really like the outdoor setting.
I’ve been privileged to be among you, and want to thank you for nurturing me as I’ve found my voice, discovered my biggest passions, and grown into my calling to pastoral ministry. Your thoughtful insights, servant hearts, tears, and prayers have been precious to me and I will always remember you with admiration and fondness.
Your Staff and Worship Ministry and House & Properties have been meeting and planning extensively for our reopening. There is a subcommittee of H&P that meets (via ZOOM) weekly, reviewing best practices from other churches, government issued mandates and procedures, and medical advice from our own medical profession members. We still do not know for sure when we will be able to open the building for services, classes and other ministries, but we look forward to being able to worship together when the time comes.
IPC Vacation Bible School looks different this year! Until we can be back together at IPC, join us in learning about and celebrating God’s love AT HOME all summer long!
After a few weeks virtually on board the good ship IPC, I am greatly impressed with the divergent number of gifts so many members have to offer. From music, administration, finance, generosity of heart, mind and spirit, graciousness in giving, thoughtfulness and worship leadership, (to name a few), this church has been greatly blessed. It is a privilege to serve God and you in this role I’ve been given as your Interim Pastor.
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.
The usual moniker for churches is that they move at glacial speed. This is sometimes a good thing as too much change too soon only breeds chaos. However, there are times when "The Church" needs to be proactive, and now is one. I write this in my first week of being gainfully employed as your Interim (transitional minister), and I’ve barely been able to catch my breath. There seems to be a whirling dervish of activity in every place in spite of the COVID pause upon us. It is a joy to find so many people wanting and willing to do something "Christ like” to serve others and the church.
A poem was written by our former Senior Pastor Dr. William J. Carl III in honor of all organists he's known and especially ones with whom he's worked with including our director of Music & Fine Arts Dr. Jeff McLelland.
Take a moment to get to know our new interim pastor, Dr. Steve Goyer. His official day is May 1.
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you for your love, support and encouragement to both Jane and me for these past five years. Seems like only yesterday I came here to preach on that glorious Easter Sunday in April 2015. The time has just flown by!