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Kim's Kolumn ~ October 2012
I love October. It is the only month that you will see me wearing spiders instead of running away from them screaming. Granted, they’ll be in my ears where I don’t have to look at them, but pay attention - I often have spiders on me in October. Or witch hats, ghosts, pumpkins, candy corn. I love the temperature change, I love the colors, the wind. I love apples and pumpkins and fall harvest times. I love that October is the month that kicks off a lengthy holiday season, which while sometimes stressful, is also a lot of fun and a time of connection with family and friends. The sluggish days of summer give way to the crisp clearness of autumn, and my brain seems to follow suit.

Fall is a busy time in the church year, busier, I think than spring and Eastertide. It is easy to get caught up in the activities and the to-do list and the events, and forget to take time to appreciate the gifts God gives us in the fall. Be sure to make time to go outside, to breathe in the autumn breezes and enjoy the beauty of the season. Now, one of the things I enjoy about the month is indeed Halloween. I like the playfulness of it, the dressing up, and don’t forget the candy (those little pumpkins, and anything chocolate, in particular.) I’ve always liked the costumes. A chance to pretend, for just one night, to be something or someone different. The opportunity to try on a new attitude or personality, all made possible by a mask or a hat or a cape.

During this interim time, we can try on some new attitude and personalities and consider some new dreams or ways we wish we could be but haven’t quite had the courage to try. If you have thought to yourself “I wish we would...” or “I wonder what would happen if...” or “Wouldn’t it be fun to...”, now is the time to check it out! Give me a call, send me an email. Talk to your elders and deacons. This may be something that you do just for you, or it may be an idea you’d like the congregation to try out. Who knows, it may be the kind of thing we try on as though it were a costume piece, but end up keeping as a part of the changing and growing personality of the church.

Pastor Kim
Posted on 01 Oct 2012 by Pastor Kim
Kim's Kolumn ~ September 2012
Here we are, headed into the fall, full steam ahead. It seems like we just met a few weeks ago! I recently wished some of my friends good luck as they head back to seminary, and was put in mind of the days when I thought I might never get done. I took a picture of the boys on their first day back to school, and then pulled up an old photo of the three of them standing together six years ago on the first day of school. The time really does fly.

Our Ephesians 5 passage from a few Sundays ago reminds us to “Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time.” For me, that includes taking time to rest and refresh. While I was at a conference the last week of August, meaning that much of the time was full, I also made some intentional space for my own spiritual refreshment while I was in North Carolina. It is important to do that, so that we can renew our relationship with God and gain the strength we need to do the work Christ calls us to.

Also important is making time to serve others. Christ constantly called on his disciples and on the people he met to take care of those who were “the least of these.” There are many ways in which you can serve others, through supporting the church and volunteering your time, and through the church’s ongoing mission and ministry to the world. On September 16th, you will have the opportunity to find ways to give some of your time and talents in serving the church so that the church can serve the world. The Involvement Fair will give you an opportunity to see how the new committee structure is working, but even more than that, it will give you the chance to say how your gifts and skills can best meet the needs of the church and the community around us. Some of these ways may be old, some new, or some new to you. I invite and encourage you to be in prayer about how God may be calling you to make the most of your time, discerning how you might be called at this time to serve.

Peace be with you,

Pastor Kim
Posted on 06 Sep 2012 by Pastor Kim
Kim's Kolumn ~ August, 2012
Just in the past week I attended a friend’s ordination, co-officiated at a wedding, attended a dinner in which we said ‘happy retirement’ to one of our sermon group members, and said good-bye and celebrated with two others who are going on to new positions out of state.

A full week indeed, and seemingly unusual with all the pieces packed into it. And yet, as I think about how these are, particularly in some cases, major transitions for the people involved, they are also all very normal, natural parts of life, which happen on a regular basis. They are times of change, yet they are also very normal times of life. They are celebrations, but they are also times of letting go of a previous life and way of thinking about oneself, and transitioning into something new. I still feel a little surprise when someone refers to me as Pastor Kim or the Rev. Trimboli. I like it, but I’m not quite used to thinking of myself in those terms, and that is just a superficial change I have had to get used to.

Not all our transitions are quite so dramatic of course, and not all of them happy. But it interests me that most of the messages about change that people give are unhappy ones. “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.” There’s even Newton’s laws about an object at rest remaining at rest unless acted on by an external force. A friend often speaks about change as being ‘painful and difficult.’ And sometimes it is. Yet life always is changing, sometimes dramatically and sometimes in small ways. And so often, while the changes can be viewed as difficult, or challenging or painful, they are also an opportunity, a new opening, an occasion of possibility and even excitement.

Christ calls us to be a people who are changed, transformed into something new, a people whose purpose is to reflect and share the love of God in every aspect of our lives. Colossians invites us to “be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”

Watch and see. Look for ways in which change in your life can be an opportunity to live out the new life we have in Christ. Pay attention to the way in which we can celebrate the truth that while life is constantly changing, the love of God never changes, but invites us into a new way of being.

Pastor Kim
Posted on 03 Aug 2012 by Pastor Kim
Committee Restructuring
Speaking of changes, one of the areas I have been spending some time on since becoming your pastor is the restructuring process as it relates to the Session committees and deacons. As we continue to develop this new structure, I wanted to make sure everyone understands what we are trying to do.

Three of the Session committees are basically not experiencing any change in responsibility: Worship, Property, and Christian Education. The Nominating committee will also remain effectively the same, normally only functioning at one time per year when it is time to discern the call of elders and deacons for the leadership functions of the church.

The Mission and Outreach committees are going to be combined to make one committee. This committee will cover all the functions of reaching out into the community both for the purposes of caring for the needs of others but also to share the good news of a loving God with our local community and inviting people to be a part of our community of faith. An even greater change is the combining of the Endowment, Finance, Personnel and Stewardship committees into one committee: the Administrative Committee. This will make the Administrative committee responsible for the major financial issues of the church. The final major change is the reduction of the number of Deacons from seven to four.

In all of these cases, and for each committee, there will continue to be a need for volunteers. For instance, while the primary responsibility for issues related to endowment and scholarship funds will lie with the Administrative committee, a small task force will be needed to execute the Chicken Noodle Dinner next spring. Likewise, the Mission and Outreach Committee will still need volunteers for Thirsty Thursdays and for the meal that is served at the Faith Mission. Deacons will need volunteers to take turns with the fellowship time on Sunday mornings.

On September 16th we will be having a Fall kick-off potluck dinner at which we will also have an Involvement Fair. The purpose will not be to discuss stewardship of funds - that will come later in the fall. For this event you will have the opportunity to see, hear and sign up for a variety of opportunities to use your God-given gifts in the life of the congregation.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact me or any of the Session members if you have any questions:

Bob Bethge: Mission & Outreach
Kevin Dye: Worship
Trent Rowe: Property
Carol Scior: Administrative
Jayne Sparks: Christian Education
Jean Wells: Administrative

Pastor Kim
Posted on 03 Aug 2012 by Pastor Kim

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