May always seems to bring change to and within the United Methodist system. It is usual that a change in pastoral leadership occurs in April. Well, that is the introduction usually takes place in May. The actual change date is July 1 of each year. In our appointment process, each clergy person appointed to a charge is read at the Annual Conference by the Bishop. That means that each appointment is good for a year. If the clergy person is to be retained by a charge, the name is still read and the appointment continues. May then becomes the month when changes happen in appointments. It is a time when the clergy who are moving begin to pack and make ready for the last one or two weeks in June when the actual move takes place. It is also the time when SPRC and other members of a local church begin to get ready for the ‘new’ pastor.
Why did I go through all that with you? The answer is that North Mason UMC will be receiving a new appointment beginning July 1, 2018.
It is also the time when Barbara and I begin to prepare to leave you for our new home. By now, you probably know that we will be appointed (at the Oregon/Idaho Annual Conference) to Harmony UMC in Coos Bay, Oregon. It will also be an interim appointment for one year.
May becomes a time when church stress, individual stress and pastor stress reach a high point. OR at least the stress is building and continues to build during June if all is not ready for the “move” by the end of May.
North Mason UMC has been in a time of change since the last pastor was told that he would not be reappointed. This caused some stress in the church and in the people. A year later, that stress has abated some. The loss of a ‘beloved’ pastor can cause feelings contrary to Christian belief. They are ‘human’ feelings. That is why ‘interim’ pastors are appointed for a year or two. As the congregation of a church work through their feelings, change will happen in the church. I believe that North Mason UMC is ready for a new appointment that will be welcomed. At the end of one of my favorite movies, the hero said “My job here is done.”
I have found that the members of NMUMC are dedicated to the church and how it reaches out to the community. You are doing what Jesus has asked all people to do: Love God and Love Others In ALL you do.
Peace and Blessings
Peace and Blessings