Beloveds of NDPC,
On the first Sunday of Advent in 2022, the Rev. Beth Waltemath led worship at NDPC for the last time as our co-pastor. Beth and I began co-pastoring in 2010, when we arrived in Decatur from New York City, with a 3 year-old boy and an almost 1 year-old girl who would be coming home from the hospital for the first time to our new home. For the last12 years, our family has grown, changed, and flourished as Beth and I served the church together. This congregation has grown, changed, and flourished, over that time, too.
We will miss Beth’s gifts. Over the last several years, she has been the head of staff, and she has created many behind-the-scenes systems and processes that have made NDPC a healthier church. In worship, she blessed us with gorgeous prayers; she is a trusted friend to many in the congregation, and her wisdom and feminist perspective will be missed. Serving as co-pastors has been a great gift for both of us. We are grateful to NDPC for taking a chance to bring us both in to share this call.
As we close NDPC’s 67th year in 2022, we have much for which to be grateful. The church is healthy financially and in the number of people who participate. We added a great new director of music this year, Huu Mai. We continue to be a beacon of grace through the ATLFreeFridge and through countless initiatives to love and serve our neighbors. Our members are learning, laughing, worshipping, and serving together. Most of all, there continues to be in this community a sincere hunger and thirst to live as the Body of Christ in the world. May the Spirit continue to provoke us in that direction.
Grace and peace,
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