This is my final reflection to all of you within the NEB-KAN parish and I want to begin by thanking each of you for making Dan and me feel welcomed and loved The gift of yourselves has been so amazing and so life-giving to the two of us as we have entered into the space of ministry (as a minister and the "minister's wife" as Dan likes to call himself.) We are eternally grateful for each of you.
Within the space we have all worked together to create wonderful memories and mew missions We have begun diaper closets, the First Friday Breakfast, reinstituted the prayeer shawl group, Lenten Bible Study, deacon and elder training, and a one-day mission trip to Topeka's Rescue Mission. We have tried fellowship groups and book studies with limited success. There has been much growth and an ability to try new things; never truly failing, only learning from what we have tried.
As you each walk into this next space, know that my heart is with you and God will be walking with you each step of the way. Sometimes in front to lead you, sometimes behind to protect, sometimes beside you to befriend you, sometimes beneath you to carry you and always above you to watch over you. You are not alone. You are in community.
Ecclesiastes chapter three verses one through eight says, "for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to moourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace."
And so it is now my time to a new call. Blessings to each of you. Pastor Nancy
Rev. Nancy's Notes