Once more, I’m at his desk! As most of you know, Hal is beginning a well-deserved Sabbatical and like the proverbial bad penny, I have turned up again to help, or at least do no harm for the next three months.
I will be here and available to work with your leaders and with all of you as you begin another program year in the life of this amazing collection of God’s people.
I will be with you on Sunday mornings, in some meetings, and in the office on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday or as needed. I will be working half-time with your staff and with all of you as together we seek to follow the way of Jesus.
You can reach me at 970-482-9212 x119 (forwards to my cell) or use the contact form.
For those of you who have not met me, let me reintroduce myself. Charnley, my spouse, and I live in Tacoma, WA. We are active in a small UCC congregation on a nearby island. I teach Sunday School and Charnley chairs the Christian Education committee and leads adult education classes. We are both active in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the UCC. I am on the Board of Directors, and she is on the committee that guides people in the process of becoming an ordained minister. We retired to Tacoma from Naples UCC in Naples, Florida where I had been Senior Minister for 13 years. I am Pastor Emeritus of that congregation. I spent most of my 43 years of active ministry serving in large congregations. Charnley is a retired Systems Analyst and keeps up her computer skills by helping our home congregation with their technology.
Together, we have four children and five grandchildren. One of our children, Joanna Lemly, is a Plymouth member. With our son-in-law Duncan and two grandchildren they participate regularly in the life of the congregation and are the reason we visit Ft. Collins every year.
My time-off activity in Fort Collins is weaving at Lambspun, a local yarn and craft store. I plan to learn more about overshot weaving during the coming few months and to make a few special Christmas gifts for family and friends. Charnley joins me there as she develops her talents as a knitter.
Five years ago, I shared with you that I regard myself as a “work in progress.” I believe that God is never finished with any of us and that finding bread for the journey is why we are together. I find great joy in being with people and listening. I love to tell stories and learn the stories of the people I meet. I believe that congregations nurture ministers to excellence and that preaching is important. I have the idea that mission in all forms is the reason for the church’s existence and that if we get the mission correct, almost everything else works out.
I am thrilled to be with you until mid-November. I look forward to spending time with as many of you as possible, working with your excellent leaders and staff and serving as your Interim Sabbatical Senior Minister. I welcome your visits, invitations, and phone calls.