be thankful on paper (2).

11 Nov
This week’s thank you went out to the pastor of my home congregation, Pastor Clint.  I remember my dad telling me on the phone while I was at college about PC when he first came to visit, interview and was called to the congregation.  Then I remember, weeks later, in PC’s first week as pastor there, the message he left on our answering machine with his condolences regarding the death of my dad.
This is now PC’s last week as a pastor at EKLC.  He has accepted a call in Arkansas; a new adventure.  Though I have been away for much of the time PC has served at my congregation because I haven’t lived at home for more than six months of that time, I am thankful for his energy and his leadership in the church.  He’s brought new and inventive ideas to a small rural church and, in many areas, has fed new life.  
Yet, the big motivation for writing to PC is that he is one of the main reasons I am in my senior year of seminary, six months short of graduation and hopefully just shy of my first call and ordination.  I’m still uncertain what exactly he saw in me that made him think I was fit to be a pastor but, boy, did he push the subject.  I still remember receiving an email from him that year I graduated from college; the email read: “I nominated you for this.”  Scroll down in the email and find it to be a scholarship to Luther Seminary.  But I’m not going! I thought.
Well, I eventually did go.  And here I am, fairly certain that it’s true – I’m called to be a pastor.  It’s where I feel my gifts are used to the fullest and it’s a vocation where I feel my passion completely take over.  So thank you to PC for being one of the first (and most forceful) persons in helping me discern my call to ministry.

Jump on over here to read more notes of thankfulness on paper!

3 Responses to “be thankful on paper (2).”

  1. hannah singer November 11, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    thanks for sharing!

  2. Clint November 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm #

    That's how I like to think of myself. Forceful! 😉 PC

  3. Rochelle Buckley November 17, 2010 at 11:05 pm #

    What a wonderful pastor.Thanks for sharing.Have a marvelous day 🙂

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