Carolyn has decided to retire August 1, 2020. Dave retired the end of February, 2020. We weren’t planning on this happening so soon, but since Covid-19 changed things so dramatically so suddenly, we found ourselves spending lots of time together throughout March. When April rolled around, we thought we’d see if we could sell our house quickly…otherwise, we’d wait. Amazingly, we sold our Yakima home in two weeks, and at the same time, found a perfect condominium to buy in Minneapolis. We’d been looking at units in this building for a long time, and a corner unit went up for sale about the time we got an offer on our Yakima home. It was a sign! All went well, and we closed on our Yakima home June 10th, and on our Minneapolis condo June 12th. Couldn’t have worked out better.
Retirement will give us an opportunity to serve the church and God’s people in different ways now, without the constraints being called to one place may include. Some congregations can be very difficult. Yakima was a challenging place to serve. We are looking forward to getting to do many things we truly WANT to do now, and do them together!
Bethany and Kristjiana have a new puppy, Pinto! He’s adorable and keeping them company whilst they “shelter in place” and teach school online. We can’t wait to meet him in person, er, dog. Cute, and what ears!!! Welcome to the family, Pinto!
Central Lutheran Church had their most recent open worship service on Sunday, March 8, 2020, the Second Sunday in Lent, the day Daylight Saving Time began. That week, the Northwestern Intermountain Synod, the ELCA, and the State of Washington asked churches to end large group gatherings due to the rising cases and deaths of the coronavirus global pandemic.
Since then, Pastor Carolyn has live-streamed on FacebookLive worship each Sunday morning, first from the chapel at Central, later from her home, as well as evening services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Ascension Day. A few photos are here from worship during this “unprecedented” time.
At this writing, we are still asked to “stay home and stay healthy!” This post will be updated as other decisions are made.
To create a call opportunity for Kathy Sebree, a Ministry of Word and Service candidate approved for first call in October, I resigned my call to Christ Lutheran Church in Yakima as their deacon and Minister of Administration. I will miss serving there, and the people! I remain on-leave-from-call and available for something else wherever I am needed! Thanks be to God!
Carolyn and I finally made it to a Byberg Preaching Workshop, a regional annual conference in the Northwest. Karoline Lewis, from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, was the presenter on the theme “Conversation Matters: Preaching John in Matthew’s Lent.” Great information in a nice setting.
And Bethany attended, since she’s the Director of the Urban X Lab! We drove “over” to the “wet side” to see her December 13-14, 2019 and stayed near the Washington Convention Center so we could get together with Beth and some of her friends from Urban School…GO BLUE! We also visited the Woodlands Zoo in Seattle, and the Starbucks Roastery near our Hotel! What a FUN weekend!
T’was a quiet Christmas as the kids spent it with the other side of their family. Were busy, as usual, with several worship services! We hope everyone had a wonderful and Merry Christmas, and may 2020 be your best year yet!
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with Bethany and Kristjiana November 26-30, 2019. Lots of delicious food (too much, but very fancy) and fun things to do in and around the city. We visited Muir Woods for a nice, relaxing walk through the trees. I found the Tiled Steps which was near the extremely comfortable home we Airbnb-ed for the week, and enjoyed the San Francisco Orchestra’s accompaniment of the original Ghostbusters film! Dan and Emily were there, too, and our family got to meet Kristjiana’s family, her parents and brother and sister-in-law. Such a nice visit! Travel there and back was also mostly uneventful, you never know what the weather has in store for you this time of year! Twas a nice drive.
Dave and the vicar at Central Lutheran Church, Ethan Bergman attended the ELCAWH Leadership Gathering in Minneapolis July 18-21. This event is held every 18 months. We celebrated the successful completion of the church’s Always Being Made New campaign, and learned much about food insecurity and programming to address this serious problem. Ethan Bergman, vicar at Central, and I attended this event, and enjoyed a Twins baseball game one evening!