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LETTERS FROM OUR PASTOR AND OUR DEACONS
Dear Beloved Members and Friends of Old South Church, UCC,
I have been so privileged and proud to be the pastor of Old South Church, UCC, in Windsor Vermont for the past seventeen years. You have made my work meaningful, fun, and rewarding. I cherish the tender and difficult times that we’ve journeyed through together. I have learned so much from each of you. Therefore it is with profound gratitude for all that we’ve shared that I tender my resignation effective August 24, 2017.
It is difficult to think of my family or of myself apart from Old South, or from Windsor, or from Vermont. Nevertheless, I have accepted a call to a new position where I will leave all three: church, town, and state. I have not made this decision lightly. I was not looking for a new call in general, but I felt led to apply to this one position. At each step in the journey, I sensed God’s leading and grace, not simply for myself but for all of us. I have great faith that even now God has a wonderful interim pastor as well as your perfect future called pastor already in the wings. I believe that Old South Church, UCC and I have been a good match. And the same God who brought us together will find the next right persons for you. It will be an exciting time as new ideas, new skills, and new vision invigorate this amazing church.
The Letter to the Romans reminds us that there is nothing in life that will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ. Your dedicated and skilled deacons are already hard at work ensuring that the future will be bright, as you’ll hear in their letter on the other side of this page. In addition, many plans are in the works for the 250th celebration of the church’s birthday, with exciting events occurring throughout the entire year of 2018. And much work has already been done to make the church building more accessible, efforts that will culminate in the installation of a lift to the sanctuary. Your time will be rich with possibilities in the weeks and months and years to come. My prayer is that you’ll be aware of God’s grace throughout this poignant time and that you’ll continue to take good care of one another and the wider world.
On behalf of my family and myself, please accept our deep gratitude for being our home, our family, and our church. We will never forget these precious years or your tender hearts.
Peace in Christ,
The Reverend Amanda Lape-Freeberg
Dear Members and Friends of Old South Church,
The news of our Pastor Mandy Lape-Freeberg’s impending departure has filled us with a range of strong emotions. We are truly delighted for Mandy and her family that she has this new opportunity. We are all very grateful for the years of service and leadership Mandy has given us so unstintingly at Old South Church, UCC. We are also deeply sad that she will be leaving us. But even our sadness is mixed with gratitude that she will continue to remain in ministry in our region. Our Pastor’s ‘light’ has never been one to hide beneath a bushel, and this change seems proof positive that we can all expect great things to happen if we place our hearing, our hearts, and our active lives in God’s hands.
Most importantly, and in large part due to the growth we’ve experienced during Mandy’s time here, we are also confident in the strength of the community of Old South and in the prospects for our future together. Thanks again to this leadership and to the work of this congregation over these past nearly seventeen years, we are a strong community grounded in a growing faith in Christ and an active belief and witness that ‘God is Still Speaking’ more than ever in these turbulent times. While the coming transition may be at times uncertain and painful, we also have no doubt that it will prove to be an opportunity for reflection and growth for this church.
The coming transition process, whether or not you’ve been through it before, is always as new to us as it will be to those of you who’ve joined Old South during Mandy’s tenure. If we’ve learned anything - again and again- in these years, it’s that we do not have to do this alone. The Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ will provide us support and resources during this process. As Deacons, we already have a meeting set for July 11th, with Pam Lucas, Associate Conference Minister and we’ve been in steady contact with Lynn Bujnak, the Vermont Conference Minister. We’ve been discussing the steps and timeline of this process, the first step of which will be to seek an interim minister. We will keep you all informed of these events as they unfold.
During this period of change, there will be a lot to do, and we will be calling on you all to be both in prayer as we move forward and to actively work toward maintaining the welcoming community that we’ve been blessed to enjoy for a number of years. We recognize that all of us have many commitments, but we are confidently hopeful that you will, again, prayerfully consider whether there are new roles you might take on at Old South for this transition period and beyond. In the meantime, we will do our very best to be in regular communication about the next steps in this journey. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us.
As Deacons we are grateful for the opportunity to be of service to you and for all of the gifts both past and in the future of the Old South Church Community.
Sincerely in Christ,
Carl Goulet, 802.674.6260, email@example.com
Bob Hingston, 802.359.2434, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom McGraw, 802.384.2322, email@example.com
Patrick O’Neill, 802.291.3208, firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna Palatucci, 802.674.6060, email@example.com
Pam Rice, 802.674.6641, firstname.lastname@example.org