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FROM THE INTERIM PASTOR


      I was at my last Church Council meeting Tuesday night.  As you know Sunday, January 29th, is my last Sunday with you.  At the meeting my devotion was from 2 Corinthians 5:17b, "…the old has passed away, behold, the new has come."  Cross of Christ is in a time of transition.  Of course, Paul is talking about the transition, or I would say, the "transformation" of a person when they become a Christian.  I'm thinking more about the transition between an Interim Pastor and a Settled Pastor. 
    I extended my Interim contract to allow Cross of Christ a little more time to find a Pastor, and it has worked.  You will have a Congregational meeting on February 5th to vote on calling a new Pastor.  That Pastor, if they accept the Call, starts work two weeks after the Interim has left.  You and your church are in transition, and it is a good place to be.  You could say, "Out with the old, in with the new!"  Interim to Settled.  One year contracts to indefinite stay.  I am glad that things are working out for Cross of Christ.  And I guess I accept being the "old" part of the equation.  After all, I am leaving not just Cross of Christ, but I am retiring from Ordained Ministry.
    If there is one thing I could leave you with, in your transition to the "new", is that Pastors are not hired.  We are called by a congregation.  Otherwise, the Council could just hire a Pastor and the members of the church would have to live with their decision.  Since the beginning of the Christian Church, Pastors, or Shepherds as they were sometimes called, were chosen by the community of Christians living in a certain place.  Pastors are called, not hired.  If you embrace the concept of "Call" it will change the way you live and work with your new Pastor.  It is a privilege to have a Pastor (especially these days of pastor shortages), and it is the privilege of the Pastor to serve the congregation.
    I thank you for the privilege of serving you these past fourteen months!  I have enjoyed living and working with you.  My time is now at an end and you are embarked on a new course with a new Pastor all of you will be "calling" to serve.  God's many blessings on your life and work together for the greater good of the gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ!
 
Grace and Peace,
    Pastor Jeff Forbes
 
 
Interim Pastor Forbes' Office hours this week:
My day off is Monday unless there is a funeral or an emergency.  I also take Tuesdays off when I travel to Austin.  I will be in Austin this coming week Monday and Tuesday.  I will be back on Wednesday, January 25th.
                                  

GIVING MOMENT

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."   
Matthew 6:21
 
Reflection: Money can serve as a spiritual heart monitor. Your giving reflects your heart.

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