Note, this is the last of "Doug's Distractions" but the blog will continue with posts from our Associate and Interim Ministers.
By the time you are reading this, we will have officially celebrated my last day of service at Jeffersontown Christian church. It all began in July 1, 1992, with the first sermon being on July 5 of that year and the last on June 23, 2019; 27 complete years together. The coming separation is important for me and for you. In order to prepare for another senior minister, you need time to reflect on those 27 years, set that aside, and envision what comes next. The intentional interim minister will help lead you through that process, so recognize that it will happen whether you are ready or not. Pamela will also be here to help with the transition and will encourage the congregation to move on as well.
Two weeks ago at Monday Morning Bible Study, I reminded them that the first time something happens in the life of a church, it is "an experience," the second time it is "the tradition," and the third time, it becomes "we've always done it that way!" But the truth is: change has happened all through our years together. So, just relax, be open, and roll with the changes that are surely to take place in the coming weeks and months. It won't hurt. It might be different and sometimes uncomfortable, but it won't draw blood. Just imagine what can happen with new energy, enthusiasm, and vision!
I will keep up with all that is going on, but I won't be able to participate in events involving the church. I will still likely see you at Kroger or the local eateries, and that's okay. We can talk about the weather, The Ohio State Buckeyes football team, the Louisville Cardinals women's basketball team, UK and UofL sports, world issues, the 2019 and 2020 elections, or a thousand other things, but we just can't talk church. Diane and I will be traveling some this summer and fall; probably visiting more of those cemeteries to take photos of grave markers and such. Next year, we are hosting a trip to Tuscany and Germany with Dehoney Travel. We'll visit Rome, Pisa, Florence, and Venice before going to Oberammergau to see the ancient Passion Play there. If you are interested in going with us, we can talk about that too!
Last, let me once again say how fortunate I was to receive a call to serve here with all of you. Thank you for the cards, kind words, and gifts you have sent my way (and Diane's way!) these past few weeks and this past Sunday. We will be forever grateful to you for those things, but even more so for your willingness to share your lives with ours as we have traveled this journey together. We are better persons for having experienced it with you!
See you sometimes in the future along the roads we travel! Until then.... Peace, Doug & Diane
Posted on Tue, July 2, 2019
by Pamela Pettyjohn