Pastor’s Corner 8/11/19

Dear Friends,
                   It has been delightful getting to know some of you at Pastor Meet & Greets these past few weeks. These are informative times for your clergy team, and according to at least one participant, “surprisingly fun!” I invite you to sign-up to come to one if you have not already done so, that we might begin to build relationships together.
                 One of the things I am listening for in these sessions is glimpses of the core identity of both churches.
                  Thus far, “community” has emerged as something both Covenant and St. Paul’s folks have experienced in congregational life and is a high value in being connected to the church. How that sense of community starts, and where it gets cultivated, is proving to be more particular to each individual. However, there are some commonalities there as well:
                   The hospitable welcome of folks like Jerry Charlton has helped many feel connected at Covenant. Several St. Paul’s folks have spoken of Emmaus and Flathead Lake Camp as places that have grown bonds over the years. I look forward to learning from you about other ways HUMM folks begin and continue the journey of community.
                    In the meantime, I have a question, and I hope you will be willing to take on this inquiry with me. What exactly do we mean when we say “community?” How do we know it when we see it or feel it? What are its hallmarks? What is NOT community? I ask, because the more we understand the in’s and out’s of this important shared value, the better we can create it. I look forward to hearing from you!  
Pastor Margaret