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Kim's Kolumn ~ July 2012
You’ll have to forgive me, at some point this week someone was singing Christmas songs in the basement, and it made me think of Rudolph the Red-Nosed-Reindeer. Do you remember when Hermey the elf teaches Rudolph the word “in-de-pen-dent”? Of course, what they realize is that neither of them wants to be independent alone…

Hermey: Hey, what do you say we both be independent together, huh?
Rudolph: You wouldn't mind my - red nose?
Hermey: Not if you don't mind me being a dentist.
Rudolph: It's a deal.

In the end, of course, what Rudolph and all the characters in the show learn, in a neat and tidy ending, is that they really need each other. Independence is valuable if it is independence from a way of thinking that restricts someone’s freedom or sense of self. But people (or reindeer and elves) need to be able to depend on each other as well for support, for healing, for hospitality, for love.

The founders of our nation first sought freedom from religious persecution, then independence from an oppressive government. Eventually, the state and local governments that developed found strength and support in working together and becoming dependent upon each other. Even in our small way, as we begin to consider what is next in the life of this congregation, we remember that there are many people who have gifts to offer. We know that we depend on everyone to use their gifts to God’s glory and for the good of the church family. And we know that as we use our gifts on behalf of others, they are more than adequate because we are here together and we are worshipping the God we love.

As we celebrate Independence Day this month, we remember more than anything that our freedom comes through our dependence on God. We know that God’s message of freedom often starts with recognizing our interrelatedness to others, our dependence on others, even those from whom we least expect it. We recognize that true freedom includes giving and receiving hospitality and love. What do you say, can we be independent together?

Grace and Peace to you all, in the name of Jesus Christ,

Kim
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Posted on 02 Jul 2012 by Pastor Kim
Kim's Kolumn ~ June 2012
I love old movies. In particular, I love old movies with music and dancing. This week, as I sit down to write about our first few weeks together, the song from an old musical is running through my head: “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Getting to feel free and easy, when I am with you, getting to know what to say.”

Of course, unlike Anna and the family she works for in Siam in The King and I, we do not have cultural and language barriers to overcome. It is easy to enter into conversation with one another and start to tell stories about who we are and what our history is. I am enjoying the conversations we have had, and look forward to many more.

May was a pretty busy month, and I’m hoping to be able to say that June is a little more settled. Of course, we still have a lot to do, with getting to know one another, but also with me trying to learn the stories not just of you each as individuals, but also you as a congregation. As we get to know one another, and think about the history of the church, we can also begin to look forward and thing about the future of this congregation and its role in the community around you.

Please do feel free to contact me and let me know how I can be of service to you. Keep telling me your names, and let me know if you are ill or in need of care, or just want to come by and talk. I am happy to schedule time with you. My email address is kim.wpc@sbcglobal.net, and my cell phone # is 614-638-6863. I hope to schedule time with all the elders and deacons during June, and then find time to meet with committees and other members throughout the remainder of the summer.

I’m looking forward to our outdoor service on the 10th and being around for VBS at the end of the month too. For worship in June we will be considering themes of hope and of call. I see a lot of signs of hope and call for the life of this congregation, and we are just beginning to know one another. I look forward to being with you, getting to know you better, and beginning a walk towards the next step in God’s call on the life of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

“Haven’t you noticed, suddenly I’m bright and breezy? Because of all the beautiful and new, things I’m learning about you, day by day.”

Grace and Peace to you all, in the name of Jesus Christ,

Kim
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Posted on 07 Jun 2012 by Pastor Kim
Kim's Kolumn ~ May 2012
Grace and Peace to you in the name of the Risen Christ! Easter season is a time of new life and we certainly see it bursting all around us in nature, in flowers and fields, in leaves on the trees. It is a time of new life for the church universal as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and are reminded of all that God has done for us.

Now, too, it is a new time in the life of this congregation, and for me. Recently I received a card from an old friend about my call to this church and she said “now your journey begins!” I have mixed feelings about the idea that this is the beginning of the journey. For one thing, I believe God has been preparing me for this for many years. I have worked in the church for all of my adult life, and I have been on the journey towards ordination through school and through the Presbytery’s process for several years. Yet, it is also a new role and a new life for my ministry, and a new leg of the journey as you and I travel together for a time.

For you as well, this is both the beginning of a journey and the continuation of the journey. The interim time is an intentional time “between”, in which we will work together on some exploration of your history, your current life together and then we will do some dreaming and thinking about the future. We will look for places in which new life is just waiting to burst through, like new leaves and flowers on the tree.

A few practical notes:

Please bear with me as I learn names. It would be wonderful if you would remind me of your name the first few times we talk. I will learn them, but it may take me a little while to get everyone’s name firmly in my memory.

After I have had a few weeks to get a feel for the church’s rhythm, I will publish some office hours. I am frequently easiest to reach via email, or try my cell phone: 614-638-6863. I like to use facebook, so if you have an account, feel free to “friend” me.

I am so pleased that we will be taking this new journey together.

Grace and Peace to you,

Kim
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Posted on 07 Jun 2012 by Pastor Kim

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