New Job, New Home, New Blog

I have been a pastor for a week.  It feels good.  I came into the church with 65-70 kids running around during Vacation Bible School.  It was kind of crazy — but a good kind  of crazy.  I prepared for my first service as well as my first time presiding over communion.  It was a good feeling — it really helped me solidify my call as a pastor.  It helped me gain more confidence in this vocation that I have been called too.

There is so much going on right now it is hard to sit down and spill everything out.  It feels like my life is a fast moving train and there is no way to stop it.  However, with that being said things are coming together.

We moved in our new place and really like it.  We have a garage full of boxed somewhat organized into different piles but there is still unpacking that needs to be done.

I am getting more and more familiar with the church and how the church runs.  I am finding out their style of ministry while I am finding out my own.  I think we will work well together.

I am trying to catch up on things like emails, blog posts, well wishes and I would like to establish a routein.  I guess things will eventually come……..

I have to get my office in order.  I have a number of boxes of books that need to come in and get organized and my office furnature needs to be arranged to how I want it- I just need to figure out how I want it 🙂

Ministry is fun – ministry can be overwhelming.  I hope that the fun comes sooner than later 🙂


PS – since I have lots of new stuff going on I decided to change the look and title of my blog.  I hope to stick with this one for awhile.  There are other adjustments that need to be made but I decided to call it “Life Together” – I chose this since I am starting a new life- That involves you, my new church home and community.  I also enjoy the book by the same title by Bonhoeffer.  You should check it out! (another blog topic for the future)

60 Days

60 Days ago:

  • I was still a seminary student
  • I was ready to start finals
  • I was about to leave my job as a part time youth director
  • I was actually feeling quite healthy – a little stressed but healthy
  • I lived in PA
  • I just started the call process
  • I was in my 20’s
  • Summer did not start

The last 60 days

  • I graduated seminary
  • I started and ended a job as a line cook
  • I turned 30
  • I moved to Vermont
  • I fell down a flight of stairs – hurt my head and I have had back problems since
  • I finished the call process and have been called to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Baldwinsville, NY
  • I signed a one year lease for a townhouse in Baldwinsville, NY
  • I have had a stomach bug for the last week
  • Summer started

The Next 60 days

  • I will move with my family to New York
  • I will drive to PA again to get our stuff
  • I will start my new job/ministry
  • I will hopefully be somewhat settled in our new house
  • Summer will end
  • I will get on a regular blogging schedule

This was the best way for me to sum up my life the last 60 days.  I have given highlights here and there.  The one place I did not announce my new position as pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Baldwinsville, NY has been on here. I am sorry to all my blogging friends.

Like I said above health wise I have not been doing well.  I have had a stomach thing the last week- my whole family has had it — PLUS my back has been out.  I have had trouble walking and just standing.  Today was the first day I have been able to walk normally but that has been after two straight days of laying on the floor.

I am excited to start my life as a pastor in my new ministry.  I start July 15th!! I will not have internet for the next few days as we move our stuff to our new place.