From the Pastor’s Desk
Where did the summer go? Not just the summer, but 2013. As I write this article, I realize there are only 4 months until 2014!!! And we are soon to be back to our 9:30a.m. worship time, starting on September 8th! I can’t wait to see all of you there. We will start the day off at 8:30 a.m. with a delicious breakfast and time to visit with everyone.
On Tuesday, September 3rd, we will have our Church Conference meeting. In preparation for the Conference, we have been asking the hard questions that lead us to the ultimate question- “What do we need to do to be a healthy church now and in the future?” At out Church Conference we will be answering questions that we have developed to help shape how we do ministry this year and forward. All are welcome at this meeting; your input is valuable and needed. After church conference we will begin to put into action those opportunities that come our of our conversation at church conference.
We will also begin a new Bible Study starting on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. We will be looking at the Book of Acts- there are so many things from this book and the life of the early church that we can learn. Join us for a time of lively discussion and going deeper, starting September 10th.
As a pastor who has two churches, I make every effort to assure that time is given properly for each church. At Park Ridge, my scheduled time is quarter time and at Bergen Highlands it is three-quarters. However, there are times when circumstances arise that cause me to be at one of the churches more. Never the less, please know that I am always available to you for phone calls, one on one times or emergency pastoral care. A couple of times during the past year, I have learned of someone being sick or going to the hospital after several days have passed. I know in the past you had a pastor full-time who lived next to the church. Let me share my heart- just because my house is elsewhere and I am over at Bergen Highlands does not mean that my heart is not always with you. Please feel free to call me for anything and at any time. My number is 201-934-1618. If I do not answer, please leave a message and I will get back to you. I do have set hours on Wednesdays at the church, but if you need to meet with me at another time, let me know. Since I am unable to stay for social hour, I have set up Breakfast with the Pastor. This is the first Wednesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at The Ridge Diner. I enjoy this time as I get to spend time with individuals around a table, if you have not joined us for this time, please do! It is a fun time of fellowship.
I look forward to another year of ministry as we begin visioning for the future!
Blessings and Peace, Pastor Dawn