October 6 eNote from Pastor Jeff

It has been great to be back in the office these last few days following a wonderful mission trip to Guatemala. The team arrived back in Topeka about 12:30 a.m. on Monday morning and it was great to be back home. Thanks again to everyone who held us in prayer during the week!


On Monday this week an email went out announcing a job posting for a Director of Congregational Care. I want to share a bit more about that transition today. For more than two years now, Rev. Sandy Vogel has been working part time as our Pastor of Congregational Care. Earlier this year she approached me with a vision for how that ministry could expand, but was clear she was not the person to take it to the next level as she has increasing plans for travel and time with grandchildren. I am grateful for Sandy and her willingness to take on this role over these last couple of years!


As we seek to hire for this position, Sandy plans to remain active in Stephen Ministry as a Stephen Leader and to assist with pastoral responsibilities at the church from time to time. The current plan is to continue calling Sandy our Pastor of Congregational Care and to hire someone else to lead our caring ministries as a Director of Congregational Care. Please take a look at the posting and consider sharing it with someone you think might be a good fit for the position. The ideal candidate could be a member of the church or someone from outside. The ideal candidate could be a layperson or a retired clergy person. Maybe the ideal candidate is you!


This weekend in worship we begin a new series commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Over the next four weeks we will look to the lives and works of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Huldrych Zwingli to better understand that which they sought to reform. I am excited about this series and look forward to exploring together the ways in which these men who made such a significant impact on the church universal still have important things to teach us today.


I hope that you have had a great week and you have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday!