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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE SESSION CONCERNING TEMPORARY SUPPLY PASTORAL LEADERSHIP

 

 

            With the concurrence of the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse through its Ministry Work Group, the Session has entered into a Temporary Supply Covenant with the Reverend Dr. Ginny Smith and the Reverend Dr. Richard Smith beginning January 1, 2018.  This covenant will continue until such time as an Interim Pastor is hired by the Session.

            Ginny and Richard will each be preaching one Sunday a month with pulpit supply preachers covering the other Sundays.  Additional responsibilities will include:  being available for pastoral emergencies; officiating at funerals and giving pastoral care to families of the deceased; training and supporting our elders and deacons; providing administrative assistance; and teaching a new members class on “What It Means to Be Presbyterian,” to which all members of MFPC will be invited to attend.

            In addition, Ginny has been appointed by the Presbytery to serve as Moderator. As such, she will be responsible for planning and moderating Session and Congregational meetings, which will include the Annual Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday, February 11, 2018.  

            We are pleased that Ginny and Richard have made themselves available to our congregation as the Presbytery works with our Session to call a trained interim pastor.  We are blessed to have them as a part of our community to work with you, the members of our church, during this time of pastoral transition.  Members of the Session and the Board of Deacons are also  available to give assistance as needed.  You will see their names listed in the Sunday bulletins, on the website, and in the monthly Connections newsletter.

            If you have any questions or needs, please call the church office (315-673-2201).  Sandy Redzikowski, our Administrative Assistant, will be able to direct your calls.

            During this time of pastoral transition, may we be guided by these words from Holy Scripture in First John 4.

            “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God. . . .  God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent God’s only Son into the world so that we might live through him. . . .  Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. . . . . God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. . . .  There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. . . .  We love because God first loved us.”

            Let us hold one another in prayer as we seek to discern together God’s will and way for this congregation.