Written on Our Hearts

September 23, 2021

Dear Friends,  

As I look ahead to the coming Sunday, my last as your Associate Pastor at UCC Missoula, my world is more than a little chaotic—I have moved out of my church office, my calendar is full of reminders, my free-time is full of sorting and organizing everything at home. Of course, the pandemic continues, AND I just got new glasses, which require some adjustment! Phew!  

Yet, I know you, UCC Missoula, as a calm place in the storm for so many people including me. When I started working with you in late 2015, my father had died in a bicycle accident that July. I cried through every staff meeting and most days on the way to work. You welcomed me generously and gently. When I was ready you gave me room to grow. You challenged and encouraged me.

Our worship theme this fall is “Covenants as Steppingstones of Faith.” You, UCC Missoula, are a steady steppingstone. You have provided stability, support, and stable jumping off places for me and for many. Now, I am turning onto a different path to serve Pilgrim Congregational UCC in Bozeman. My covenantal promises to serve you as your pastor will change.  

No matter where the unknowns of the future lead us, I trust that you will be a steady, loving spiritual home for many more people who seek joy and justice in the Way of Jesus. Thank you for your steadiness, your hope, and your love. I thank God for you.

Blessings and love on your journey,

Pastor Laura

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