The resignation of our bishop affects the call process for CGS in a
unique way. For each organization posting a Ministry Site Profile (MSP)
a "call process administrator" is appointed. For any other congregation
in our synod, that person would be Pastor Manda Truchinski, but to avoid
any conflicts of interest our designated call process administrator was
the bishop. Before synod assembly, our MSP was waiting for approval by
the call process administrator before it could be published, but now,
without a call process administrator, it sits in limbo.
When a bishop is unable to carry out their duties, those
responsibilities fall largely on the synod Vice President. Until
August, that is Gail Kiyomura. She is aware of our peculiar situation,
and will be meeting with your call committee on June 30th to see how we
can get things unstuck. Depending on how that meeting goes, we may need
to make a few minor changes to the MSP, such as noting that we have a
new congregational president and entering the contact information for
whoever our new call process administrator will be.
This update will require the approval of our congregational council, and
we've already given them notice that this will happen. We anticipate
that they will be able to vote on approval electronically. This
shouldn't delay the process more than a few days from what we expected
before the drama in Nevada.
Your call committee is doing its best to keep things on track amid the
seeming chaos. As always, we (Sarah, Randy, Paul, Matt, Julia, and
Adolfo) appreciate your insights, and hope you will continue to pray for
our work and that of our synod's leaders and staff.
I write you this week in celebration of the Spirit of Pentecost. Even as our Synod continues to go through a difficult time and we are involved in actions surrounding it, we also are in a place to look forward to what we hope for and dream as a congregation. This summer, as we soak in sunshine and more casual days, I look forward to hearing about your faith stories and what you value about this community. As your “Bridge” pastor one of my goals is to live in the present with you as much as possible. Our relationships can grow deep if we are open and share the time we are given together. I would love to hang out with you. I am taking some vacation in June but otherwise I’m available to share coffee, a meal, a walk, any way you might like to get together. I am available Saturdays-Wednesdays. I enjoy the slower pace of summer and the more expansive time it gives us to know each other. Here’s finding joy in the small moments of each day!
Christ the Good Shepherd
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