Dear Friends of Albany Presbytery,
I want to thank you all for your friendship and care in my brief yet enjoyable 4-year sojourn in Albany Presbytery. As I write this, I am unpacking boxes in our new home in Scarborough, Maine as my wife Heidi is working at one of Maine Medical Center’s regional hospitals in Norway, ME.
I have nearly completed the process of transferring my membership to the Presbytery of Northern New England, and am pursuing some ministry opportunities in some nearby Congregational Churches. Until that occurs, I am working on my golf game, if the snow ever melts!
During my recent walks on Pine Point Beach, I have gratefully reflected upon the privilege of coming alongside the folks in Brunswick and Ballston Spa and it is great to see them both fulfilling their calling in ministry and mission in their communities and the world.
And as I look back on my time with you all in AP, my hope for you is that you realize how blessed you are with a staff that is dedicated to the Lord and this piece of the Body of Christ in Albany. In addition, I encourage you to act swiftly in your work of completing a staffing model for the presbytery. Yup, just do it!
Will you please everyone? No. Yet that’s not the point.
The point is to create a model that ably carries out the functions of a presbytery and above it all creates a community of congregations that seeks to worship God, grow in Christ, and serve through the Spirit.
I look forward to hearing from across the miles how you are moving forward with hope and joy, and please stop by and join me for some lobster and a walk on the beach!
Joy and Peace,