As I write this, autumn weather has finally arrived, helping us look toward new seasons. Although there are still a few more Sundays with green as our liturgical color, other aspects of our shared life are already changing.

Let’s start with the biggie: your new pastor. Your Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is hard at work. Please wrap their work in your prayers. Discernment, listening to God, being led by God—what an incredible immersion in faith and trust and hope! There are three main ways for us to support the PNC:

  • Pray for them.
  • Provide them with helpful input. One of the many benefits of the interim time is how it lets you experience different pastoral leadership. I’ve now been pastoring here for nine months—what have you learned about what you do and do not want and need in your pastor? Share those thoughts with your PNC.
  • Prepare for OPC’s next installed pastor. That means looking forward, not backward. That means considering how your gifts can best contribute to the life and work of this exceptional congregation, and stepping up to serve. That means putting your money where your mouth is.

From my experience with other congregations in transition, I cannot overemphasize how important all of this is! Please do your part.

Other seasonal changes before the purple of Advent arrives next month:

After an October of rich congregational conversations built around Jesus’ “I Am” statements, adult Sunday School returns to its usual rooms, teachers, and topics. If you haven’t yet found a Christian Education home, I encourage you to visit classes or talk with Susan Hylen, chair of CE, or Pastor Heather, who is our CE staff person and an amazing resource for you all to get to know!

And it’s also Stewardship Season! This year’s theme is “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me.” I am certain that every one of you wants to do that! Prayerfully consider how you can support the work of Oakhurst Presbyterian. And also let us know your favorite hymns—on November 19, we’ll celebrate Stewardship Dedication Sunday with a hymn-sing featuring your favorites!

One more wonderful event to highlight: On November 26, Francys Johnson will be our guest preacher. Until recently, he was State President of the NAACP, so we’re also planning an NAACP membership drive that day. Since this is the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I hope you’ll arrange your holiday travels to be here that morning!

Thankful for this season,

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