Dear Members & Friends of Zion Church:
Perhaps many of you are now aware, that your Church Leadership has asked me to serve as your Intentional Interim Minister, beginning in January of 2020. I have met with Candy and Dan occasionally over the last 6 weeks or so, to determine together what your needs are, and how we might best address them in this interim time we have together.
Briefly, my 3/4 time spent with you each week, will include:
- Preparation and leadership of Sunday Worship, working closely with your Secretary, Peggy.
- Visitation of the congregation, with priority given to hospitalized, Nursing Homes and Care facilities, new visitors, and regular members.
- Overseeing the administrative life of the Church, as Co-Chair of the Consistory with Dan Smith.
- Teaching a Confirmation Class, if there are enough youth to enroll
- Working closely with your Settle Pastor Search Team, along with the congregation, to create an updated Church Profile, and to search for the best settled Pastor you can
My wife Diana and I came from New England to Chambersburg three years ago, and served as Interim Pastor of St. John’s UCC on Lincoln Way East. Since my retirement in 2009 after 38 years of settled ministry, I have served as an Interim in about a dozen UCC Churches across the country. We purchased our “retirement home” in Chambersburg, where our cat “Sam” lives with us. We have two sons—Duncan and his family live in Asheville, NC, and Andrew and his family live in Kutztown, Pa.
In order to get to know you all as quickly as possible, it has been my habit to send out a brief weekly email — a couple of pictures and a couple of paragraphs of life about the Parish. The Church Office has only a few of your emails, so please, phone Peggy and let her know of your email address as soon as possible.
My first Sunday among you will be the first Sunday in January, and Diana and I look forward to greeting you! I want to give special thanks to Rev. Mark Ruzicka and Rev. Peter Emig, who have carried much of the worship leadership and emergency visitation in these last number of months. You may still call upon them during this next month of December.
Merry Christmas to you all, and I look to January when we can say
“Happy New Year” to one another!
Pastor Bob Macfarlane
Home: 230 Minnich Road
Chambersburg, Pa. 17201