Text Box: Friends in Christ,

First, I would like to say Thank you!  Once it became known that I was coming to St. Johnís 
as your interim pastor, my family and I were warmly welcomed by so many into the fold of 
St. Johnís.  St. Johnís is a special place.  I knew that when I came here to fulfil my Ministry In Context (MIC) requirement through seminary, and it is still true today.

Out of a list of many, one of the things I love about St. Johnís is your willingness to serve others.  Not only does this congregation plan ahead to the needs of the community, this congregation is willing to follow through on those plans.  No matter how small or big the plan, St. Johnís is not afraid to tackle it and get it done.  This year, St. Johnís is facing some changes of their own.  Not that change is bad, but to be honest, itís different.  And so, with that in mind, I wanted to share with you one of my two favorite Bible verses.  

It comes from the Prophet Jeremiah, and is written in the 29th chapter, the 11th verse.                          For surely, I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

This verse, along with Phil 4:13, have been my favorites for many years now and they both 
serve as an anchor to my faith.  That no matter what was, or is, happening in my life, especially when I knew things were about to change, this verse brings me peace, and reminds me that I 
am not alone.  When I decided that it was time to resign from the previous congregation I was called to serve as interim, I held to this verse from Jeremiah, knowing that God has all of this 
in His control.  

I hope this verse brings to you the same peace, not only towards changes in the church involving your church family, but changes and challenges that we all face from time to time in our own lives, and remember God holds each of you in His embrace through it all. 

On my first Sunday, you might recall, I asked - where is God calling the people of St. Johnís into this new year?  Our thinking should have no boundaries, and hold all possibilities as we know that Godís love for us also has no boundaries.  God is good, all the time - and all the time, God is good!  

I look forward to exploring the possibilities with you as St. Johnís finds new ways to spread the Good News, in service to others.  

Blessings to you and yours this New Year!  May we all find time to reflect and meditate on Godís abundant love, and know His presence with confidence and love, in our lives.
In Christ,

Pastor Debbie