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Dear Prince of Peace brothers and sisters in Christ,

Last week, we said farewell to our interim pastor, Teri Hermsmeyer, thanking her for her support and dedication. This week, we look ahead to some new beginnings at Prince of Peace: We’re preparing to hire a new permanent pastor. We’re preparing to renew engagement on congregational teams. We’re preparing for a time of reflection and commitment to use our resources wisely. I’m writing to share a bit more about each of these new beginnings:

Permanent Pastor: The call committee is progressing in its work to select a new permanent pastor. Initially, two candidates indicated their interest in Prince of Peace based on our Ministry Site Profile. The call committee reviewed their materials and interviewed them both. Based on these interactions, the committee elected to release one candidate and to continue conversations with the other. After another interview, the committee is inviting this candidate to visit Cache Valley and gauge potential fit with our broader community. Meanwhile, a new candidate has submitted an application, and the call committee interviewed that candidate this week. The call committee is progressing wisely: responding quickly to interview interested candidates while proceeding prayerfully with decision making. In the meantime, the worship team has arranged for a supply pastor to preside over worship, preach, and serve communion on Oct. 6th & 27th; a seminarian will lead worship and preach, but no communion, on Oct. 13th.  
Congregational Teams: In October, we’re going to bring back “Ministry Minutes” (affectionately remembered, I am told, as “M&M Sundays”). On M&M Sundays, a representative of congregational teams—such as the worship team, property team, Christian education team, etc—will spend a couple of minutes during the service explaining their team’s mission and inviting members to join. This is a great way to learn more about the work of the church, to get involved in new ways, and to revitalize these teams in supporting God’s work in our congregation and our broader community. Plus, there will be M&Ms (candy) for all!

Stewardship for All Seasons: The Stewardship for All Seasons (SAS) committee has been hard at work, preparing to help the congregation think and act intentionally with our resources. Prince of Peace is a deeply blessed church, and we’re well positioned to share those blessings with our local community. SAS is readying a big launch later this year to inspire and educate us about how to steward those blessings. Stay tuned!
Traditionally, autumn may not be a time for new growth and new beginnings, but this year it is for Prince of Peace, and I’m encouraged to see what God is cultivating within and through us.

Rebecca Walton, President of Church Council

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