LCF in Transition (August 2015; Volume 4, Issue 8)
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On July 26th, Pastor Leslie Scanlon led her last Sunday Worship Service with the Lutheran Church of Framingham. I would like to thank Pastor Leslie for her 3 years of service, and also to thank all who helped put together a wonderful Pot Luck Luncheon in Pastor Leslie’s honor. As those who were present know, it was an emotional day, but also a special time to celebrate what we have been able to achieve during our time together.
At this time it is necessary for all of us to review and observe the Covenants signed between LCF and Pastor Leslie, which can be found posted in the narthex and also online at http://www.lcfworships.org/Call2015/PastorLeslieCovenant.pdf.
During the July Council meeting, the Rev. Sara Anderson, Associate to the Bishop, was present to discuss the transition process along with the options available to LCF going forward. (The details were distributed in a Transition Update E-mail which can also be found at this link.) Since that time, three members of the Council have met with the Intentional Interim Pastoral candidate to review his background, discuss what we hope to achieve together, review a proposed covenant and discuss contractual and financial terms. This information was subsequently gathered and provided to Council with input from the attendees. The candidate will be present for Q&A at the next Council Meeting, on August 11th. The Council will then review and vote on the Covenant and Contract with a target start date of September 8th. As with all council meetings, everyone is welcome to attend and observe.
Lastly, on Sunday, August 9th, Pastor Sara Anderson will be presiding over Sunday Worship, and will also be available following service for Q&A from the congregation regarding any part of the process. I encourage everyone to attend and listen to each others thoughts and concerns and to pray together for LCF during this period of transition.
Together in Christ,
David Miller, LCF President
Lutheran Church of Framingham,
Thank you for your partnership over the last three years!
I have enjoyed sharing life and ministry with you—worshiping weekly, studying scripture, feeding the hungry, eating together, rethinking what it means to be church, sitting with you in this midst of sadness, celebrating the joys, and watching sports games, dance recitals, and school plays.
Starting August 1st, I will no longer be your pastor, but we are forever connected as part of the body of Christ. I will continue to pray for each of you and the ministry of Lutheran Church of Framingham. I hope that you will do the same for me.
Saying goodbye is not easy, but with each end comes a new beginning. That is the message of the gospel after all, isn’t it? New, eternal, and abundant life!
Blessings in what will come next for LCF, and I pray you never forget that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, immensely gifted, loved by God, and sent out to do God’s work with your hands!
Pastor Leslie Scanlon