A Message From Our Interim Pastor
Dear beloved Rincon community –
New week, new mini-survey! Access it HERE. And thank you so much for those continuing to bring thoughtful time and attention to the questions and answers each week so far. It’s all such a wonderfully helpful primer for the surveying of the pending Local Church Profile and Pastoral Search and Call process. Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for further unpacking of what’s been shared so far and how it is already informing our growing forward as a church.
It’s been a very full month to start the New Year. I am deeply grateful to the ways our church leadership on council (and now new council!) showed up time and again right after the holidays to ensure we can hit 2020 in stride and transition successfully to this year’s congregational leadership. Be proud of yourselves for being a part of this story and showing up at our Annual Meeting to keep telling it. I am.
I’m also still going to the gym regularly! I joked in my first 2020 sermon that this was decidedly not a New Year’s Resolution. The timing just finally stuck around that date. After a big 2019 with huge transitions for my family, our vocations, and losses of loved ones, it felt possible to get the blood flowing (literally) in ways that help keep me energized and focused in ways that regular exercise only can.
I bring this up again because I’ve been thinking about the energizing, strengthening benefits for body and mind that even a daily walk or stretching routine or active movement of some kind can do for all of us. I got thinking about ‘aliveness’ and contentment. These two things can seem to represent different ways of being. One suggests exuberant movement and the other seems to connote calm and quiet. But aliveness and contentment are actually very similar, and maybe even the same thing when we peek behind the curtains of our bodies and souls.
Church is for generating aliveness and contentment. What brings you to church that energizes and strengthens your body and soul? What brings you safety and comfort in your body and soul at church? Is this what Rincon is for you and those around you? Are you investing your time, money, and energies here because it’s broadening your ability to generate aliveness and contentment the other six days of the week in your work, life, and play?
These questions are behind a lot of the sermons I preach, and the mini-surveys we’re doing because really they’re behind the core of the faith that we claim to proclaim. Like pushing ourselves at the gym, experiencing aliveness and contentment doesn’t come without discomfort or challenge. The benefits are worth it though.
And so is Orange Theory Fitness. What I love about this place is that it only asks that we push ourselves within and beyond what we can do each class. And that builds resilience and new possibilities for the next time. Which is going to be a theme (resilience) I revisit in February! In the meantime, see you Sunday and maybe at Orange Theory Central. : )
Once again, CLICK HERE for this week’s mini-survey. Take 5 minutes and fill it out for our collective aliveness growing forward!
With deep gratitude and warmest affection,
P.S. Those who have been around Rincon for a good while will (hopefully) be pleased to know we are dusting off an old fun favorite for one of our hymns this Sunday, thanks to our beloved Lucille Habeck. Get ready for ‘Dropkick Me Jesus’ this Super Bowl Sunday! I can’t wait.
Read the Thursday E-letter for February 20, 2020 here.