Monday, March 12, 2012

One journey ends, another begins...

It’s official, I am no longer “….in transition.”
Yesterday I was blessed to officially be called to the position of Associate Pastor of the Congregational Church of Amherst, New Hampshire.
I had a whirlwind weekend of meet-the-candidate events in which I met hundreds of warm, friendly, funny, and caring folks. What an amazing congregation this is!
What an amazing trip this has been…and what an amazing ministry this will be!

And today is my birthday.
There is something serendipitous about celebrating my first call and transitioning from “The 45-year-old Seminarian” to “The 46-year-old Associate Pastor” on the same day. ;)

I started this blog back in January of 2007 as a means of documenting and reflecting upon my journey through seminary.
I haven’t yet decided what form this blog will take next. I may continue it here with a new name and a new format, or I may retire this five-year recording of my journey and begin anew. Either way, the journey will continue.

In the meantime, I have two weeks to pack up my life and move it 200 miles north to Amherst, NH. Then I will hit the ground running with Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday services, followed by my first Sunday preaching as the new Associate Pastor, and a 5-day youth group mission trip to New Orleans. Somewhere in there I’ll come up for air and let you all know how it’s going.
Stay tuned!
Amazing things are yet to come! 


Wendy said...

woo hoo!!

Mary Beth said...

Congratulations to you!

gingerpt said...

WOW! Congratulations!! The people of Amherst are the lucky ones! When's the ordination?

Maureen said...

Thanks Wendy and Mary Beth!
And thanks Ginger! The ordination will most likely be on May 6th here in CT (still finalizing the date with everyone that needs to be there). :)

Jean said...

Please don't stop this can however change the name if you must...I enjoy finding out what is in your head and in your heart too much to do without!

Maureen said...

Thank you, Jean! No need to worry, this blog will continue in some form. I may continue this as a personal blog and start a new pastoral blog to share with my congregants. I haven't quite worked it out yet but I will post here shortly to let you all know. :)