Our Lower Susquehanna Synod Bishop, the Rev. James Dunlop, visited with Congregation Council two weeks ago.
The Bishop joined us in order to speak about the call process details for a future new pastor following Pr. Ross’ retirement in a few years. While every part of the process was not discussed, the Bishop made a few things clear: (1) St. Peter’s will have a couple of different options to consider in terms of how St. Peter’s hopes to see the call process for a new pastor unfold. Pastor Ross has been asked to identify a date that he feels is the right time to retire. That date will allow the Congregation Council to decide how it would like to see the call process unfold. (2) The Council will be the driving force in creating and monitoring the work of the call committee, from formation of that committee, to guidance of the expectations for the next senior pastor; and (3) Sister Dottie will not be required to submit her resignation to the congregation co-terminus with Pr. Ross’s resignation.
We ask you to keep the Congregation Council and Pastor Ross in your prayers for a smooth transition … one that prepares St. Peter’s for its next pastoral ministry leader, and allows Pr. Ross to move into retirement knowing the congregation will be in good pastoral hands.
Please direct any questions you have to a Congregation Council member.