Constant.Change.Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010
“The only thing constant in life is change.”
François de la Rochefoucauld
Now…isn’t THAT the truth?!?!? Today was a BIG BIG day for Louis’ church. Due to a number of different factors – change in demographics, decline in the economy, too little too late mentality, loss of membership, aging population, etc…..some big decisions have been under consideration for the last few months. Today was the day that the congregation unanimously voted to pursue selling the church building and it’s property. In addition, they also voted (unanimously) to move Louis to half time…20 hours a week….in the hopes of prolonging the ability to keep a pastor with them as long as possible, even if it is part-time. We are thankful that there was unity in these decisions, as tough as they may be. Louis and the session (elder board…for those non-Presbyterians) have done a WONDERFUL job of prepping the congregation for this day.
This decision has been difficult for everyone involved. The church body has been around for nearly 100 years. Some current members are 4th generation members of 3rd Pres of Petersburg. Change is rarely easy. We are praying for peace….peace that can only come from Above.
On a personal note, Louis and I are excited about what the future may hold for us. The Lord has been soooo generous and continues to provide for us. Although I have been displaced, I continue to work in a temporary assignment until sometime later in the year. I will receive a generous severance package that will hold us a little bit.
Louis and I will be taking a monthly one-day retreat to pray and discern what God has next for us. Our first one is scheduled for Good Friday, 4/2. We are pretty sure we know our calling, but the details aren’t at all clear. It’s like an old-school Polaroid photograph developing (SLOWLY) before our eyes. We will keep you posted!
Thanks for praying with and for us during this time of uncertainty.