The Return of Pastor Wally
Pastor Wally recently sent me the following note to include in this week’s Dangling Conversation. I thought you’d enjoy hearing from him!
Pastor Jeremy, I’m sorry to inform you that your quiet office environment is about to be broken as I return next Wednesday and once again take up residence next door to you. Soon the peaceful and calm days of summer will be a distant memory, as you once again find your deep thoughts interrupted by the commotion from my office. I will try to ease you into this time of transition, but I realize it may not be easy. Rest assured, I will do my best to be sensitive to the tranquil atmosphere, at least in connection with my office, that has enveloped you these past three months!
Sincerely, thank you my friend, and the entire pastoral team, for your fine leadership during my sabbatical. You all have done well and the few comments I have heard this summer have all been quite positive and affirming of you, the team, and the entire Pearce staff. I look forward to returning and getting back to work as part of one of the finest pastoral teams I know. I have missed you, the staff, and the Pearce congregation and look forward to once again engaging our time in God’s timeless Story!
P.S. As you have opportunity, be sure to extend my thanks to the Pearce family for the gift of my sabbatical. It has truly been a blessing to both me and Mary. Isn’t it a privilege to be a part of such a generous congregation?
Blessings, my friend!
It’s Been a Great Summer!
My answer to Pastor Wally’s rhetorical question at the end of his note is an enthusiastic, “Yes!” Our congregation is generous; and it is, indeed, a blessing and an honor to be a part of this church family!
From my point of view, the summer has gone by rather quickly and smoothly. It has been wonderful walking through the book of Acts together in our worship services, beginning with Dr. Jeff Altman in June and just ending with the incredible speaker, Kaleigh Shumske. Wasn’t her message awesome? Several of you have commented to me how challenging and edifying this summer series has been and I would certainly agree with you.
I would like to extend my gratitude to Pearce for your support and encouragement for me and the rest of the pastoral team over the past three months. It has meant a lot to me and my family. I have received gracious cards, generous emails, and sincere words of kindness. Thank you! Isn’t it wonderful being in a faith community together?
I have enjoyed my tailored role over the summer as interim lead pastor. I have learned more about myself, have become increasingly proud of Pearce, and look forward to what the Lord has in store for all of us. He continues to do His transforming work in you and me daily, through the goodness of His Holy Spirit.
I also look forward to Pastor Wally’s return. If you have ever wondered what it is like to work in an office next to Pastor Wally, let me give you some insight. It is a joy! My days are filled with whistled tunes from Moody Blues to Charles Wesley’s classics hymns. Does that surprise you? It is also doused with jolly and full laughter that pours from his office and brings a smile to everyone’s face. (I must admit, however, that it is a little challenging hearing him burst forth with energy before I have even had my morning coffee. How does he do it? Ah, he must have lattes streamed to him intravenously throughout the night!)
Most importantly, he loves Jesus and his presence makes me a better pastor and a better Christian. So it is with great joy that I look forward to his return and to giving him back all his responsibilities! And if I have destroyed anything in his absence, I think this article praising his leadership should cover it. (I write this tongue-in-cheek, because the praise comes from a very sincere place.) We are blessed to have him as our lead pastor and will be blessed by his return!
This coming week, I will be going on vacation with my family before Emma and Joshua start back to school. Can you believe that we are already at this part of the year? The fish of Keuka Lake are calling my name and I need more sermon material!
As I leave for vacation, Pastor Wally will be returning a few days after. Pastor Mike will be overseeing things here at the church this weekend. There will be no Dangling next week, but Pastor Wally will resume the conversation on September 8. I look forward to reading his reflections once again. Thank you for sharing your time with me as you have read my thoughts this summer! I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them!