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Transitions

Hey friends,

Here at FPC we are facing a number of changes in leaderships. Transitions can be challenging times, but they are also exciting new opportunities. We have been blessed with some incredible leadership in the past few years and we are so thankful. Some of these will be changing this month.

On June 24th we will hold our annual ordination and installation service. These are the 2 words that we use for commissioning officers in our church. We ordain and install those who have not been ordained before, and we install those who have already been ordained. If you are like me there is always room for a little chuckle around the word install (you can leave your socket wrench at home).  Nick Rubert will be staying on for another 3 year term and we will be installing him for another 3 year term. Carrie Chute will be ordained and installed for 3 years as an elder.

As Carrie begins, we acknowledge some that have left. Thomas Clinkenbeard is moving to Indiana this summer and he will be very missed. He has been a very important voice on Session. As well Ben Mullen chose this Spring to end his commitment as Elder and to leave FPC.  We lament together and pray for the next season of Ben's ministry. If you go to our Web-site Elder and Deacon page you will soon see the changes reflected on our list of officers.

We are welcoming 2 new staff people to FPC, they have been highlighted in the previous 2 "weekly words". This leaves room for the sad farewells. On July 1 we will be saying thank you to Ryan Chace. Ryan has served as Youth and Family director for the past 5 years here at FPC. He has been a huge encouragement to the youth and families of our church. He has been to countless retreats, small groups, meetings, hang outs etc. We will miss this man deeply. The good news is that he is not going away, he is just ending this season of ministry here at FPC as he transitions into another one. If you have a memory or reflection regarding Ryan's time here please feel free to write it down and pass it on to him on the 1st.

On July 8th we will be saying goodbye our intrepid INN Director Jon Epps and his trusty sidekick Evan Bryant. We are so thankful for Jon's leadership and Evan's creativity through this season of the INN. The good news is that they will also both be staying in Whatcom county- whoop whoop. The same thing goes on the 8th, if you have a word of thanks that you would like to pass on please bring it that day.

Hellos are important. Let us work hard to offer the hospitality to welcome people the way Jesus calls us to. But closure is equally important and not something that we do well in our culture. Good beginnings happen only where we have done healthy goodbyes. Lets lean in to healthy closure.

In Him,

Doug Bunnell

Pastor, FPC Bellingham
dougb@fpcbellingham.org
(360) 734-5510 x11

www.fpcbellingham.org
Office Hours on Tuesday from 4-6pm, Caffe Adagio on Railroad

Listening

A lot of work is going on these days as strive to listen well. This is hard and humble work. If we are going to move forward in a healthy was, it will require this type of listening. Please pray for all in our church that we might be able to rise to the challenge of being good listeners...

 
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