Of Funerals and New Pastors

Many of you have probably heard the story of the new pastor who was assigned to a church district in the midwest. Shortly after his arrival, he was asked to do a funeral for an elderly member who had just passed away. Being unfamiliar with the territory, the pastor got lost on his way to the burial site. He finally arrived, but to his dismay, the only people left were a few workers who were filling in the hole with shovels. Determined to still fulfill his job, the young pastor preached a sermon and the workers removed their hard hats as he prayed. After the minister left, the workmen looked at each other and one of them said, “I’ve never seen such a fuss made before about installing a septic tank!”

As the new pastor in this district, I am sure that I will have my share of laughable moments, but I want each of you to know that I am committed to the success of my churches and the well-being of my members. One of the ways I hope to accomplish this goal is by this weekly newsletter. I will usually have a devotional thought as well as any pertinent information you should be aware of. My calendar for the week will also be included at the bottom of each letter. If you would rather not receive it, then you can click the unsubscribe button and you will automatically be removed from the list.

Blessings as you each serve God in your respective ways this week.

Pastor Sutherland