The trunk of the tree is the cross, the pillar of the church.
The differently colored leaves mean that ALL are welcome here and their placement says that we reach out to everyone.
The top three leaves represent the Holy Trinity.
The roots are strong and supportive, but also moving outward to nurture and grow.
I’m grateful to all of you and our congregational council leadership for the opportunity to take Paternity Leave January 1 – February 11, 2020. I wanted to share how we’re covering worship leadership and on-call pastoral emergency coverage when I’m away.
Pastor Kisten Thompson, our visitation pastor, and Pastor Kathryn Schifferdecker, one of our members, will be covering Sunday worship responsibilities. Pastor Thompson will lead four Sundays and Pastor Schifferdecker will lead two. Our worship director, Catherine Langord Wall, will continue worship planning during this time.
Pastor Thompson will provide on-call emergency coverage for the six weeks of leave and will continue her visitation work as well. Our council president, Charlie LePage, will lead Bible studies on Wednesday mornings at Arbor Glenn in my place.
Our new youth director, Andrea Zirbel, and our director of intergenerational ministries, Kristin Tranby, will provide leadership for confirmation starting in January and Refuel & Refresh when it kicks off again in February. Our trusted administrative team of Diane Beres and Sara Beekie will see that administrative tasks continue to move forward.
Alissa goes back to work in January so we’re grateful to be able to keep Ginny home and not send her to a daycare setting during the heart of the cold and flu season. I’ll be making sure Hilde gets to preschool and spending my days taking care of Ginny, making sure she continues to grow and feel loved. You will likely not see us around CLC during this time. Everything will be in good hands and our family will likely take the opportunity to worship together in a variety of churches and look for new ideas that might fit at CLC.
This will be my second paternity leave – I also experienced it following Hilde’s birth several years ago. It’s such a gift! I’m well aware that many fathers haven’t been able to experience this bonding time together with their kids. But it’s clear that more and more employers are recognizing the importance of parental leave for both moms and dads and that society is slowly shifting to recognize the value of family bonding from the time of birth. It’s a positive change for everyone.
From our whole family.