The words “Pastor Dave” may sound like you have heard them before and that is possible because for 30+ years I served as Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Garden City and recently served as an interim pastor at Jerusalem Lutheran at Ebenezer. There is also the possibility that “Pastor Dave” sounds familiar because Pastor Dave Hendrix served in Effingham County at the Clyo Parish and has retired and lives in Effingham County.
During the coming months, I hope to learn your names as we work together to carry on the ministry of Zion Lutheran and to do the difficult work of seeking what ministries God would have this congregation aim to accomplish. Let us all seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit through intentional prayer, respectful conversations, and thoughtful consideration of this congregation’s potential ministries that can utilize the abilities and resources of disciples within the congregation.
An interim pastor is like a called pastor in that an interim pastor functions as a preacher, pastoral care giver, and organizational leader etc., but within a temporary time line. What is also different is that my wife, Frances and I have a home in Chatham County and I have a study in our home in Chatham County and that is where I will be spending time preparing for Sunday worship and other tasks. I am usually available through phone calls to the home number 232.6215 or (cell) 596.5466.
I look forward to working with you to accomplish Our Lord’s ministry as we begin this New Year of 2016.
(There will be a reception to welcome Pastor Dave following the January 3rd worship service. Please plan to attend and thank him for serving as Zion’s interim pastor.)