Saturday, May 12 at 5:00p, Sunday, May 13 at 8:30 and 9:45a, Hazel Dell Campus |
Messiah congregation will bless and send off Pastors Peter and Kathy as they begin a 12-week sabbatical leave. The sending will occur during all weekend services at the Hazel Dell campus, May 12-13.
While away, Prs. Braafladt will rest as well as learn. Their plan for refreshing and refocusing includes meeting several mission developers to gather insights from other congregations and faith communities that are exploring and implementing new ways of being church, reading a stack of recommended books, and participating in a "Rethinking Stewardship" conference at Luther Seminary.
Pastor Martha Maier will re-join Messiah's staff as part-time sabbatical lead pastor. This will be the second time that she will have served Messiah in this capacity, having been solo pastor for the congregation during Peter and Kathy's first sabbatical leave in 2004. Pr. Martha will also serve as supervising pastor for Intern Ryan. He will remain full-time at Messiah and complete his year-long internship in mid-August.
You are cordially invited to participate in the sending ceremony for Pastors Peter and Kathy and in the official welcoming of Pastor Maier during services on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13.