A Sudden Change
Two years is a very short time. Two years featuring a pandemic seems even shorter. By now you have most likely learned that I (Pastor Kristen) have been appointed to St. Paul UMC in Cheboygan beginning July 1. This is quite unusual, my having been in Reed City for such a short time. There are some things I want you to know about this strange situation.
First, pastors are appointed a year at time, even though we often stay longer than that. Second, and most importantly, at no time did I call our District Superintendent and ask to “get out” of Reed City. That said, the Appointive Cabinet did not pull my name out of thin air.
When I was on my prayer retreat last fall I really felt called to the Cheboygan area. Then, at the end of the year, when the Bishop sent a list of churches looking for a new pastor and I saw Cheboygan on the list, I felt the Holy Spirit urging me to submit my name. I faithfully did so knowing that if I was misinterpreting the Holy Spirit, the Cabinet would appoint someone else there, and we would continue to do God’s work together in Reed City.
It turns out that I had heard the Holy Spirit right. Chris and I are excited about what God is going to do through us in Cheboygan. However, you are stuck with me for another five months, and we have lots to do. Just because we know you will have a different pastor come July (we have no idea who that might be yet), doesn’t mean that God is finished with our work together here in Reed City.
We have done so much together in the past year and half (even with Covid), and we have lots of time to continue to follow God’s prompting. You have done nothing wrong; this is not a punishment from the conference; this is simply God rearranging our plans as God often does.
Finally I want you to know that I have loved being your pastor, and I love all of you so much. I am so grateful that I got to spend time with all of you in Reed City, even if it wasn’t for a very long time. I know these last months we have together will be a blessing for all of us.