Pastoral Transition Update

"A Journey Between Pastors"


November 17
While Session has worked since the end of August with due diligence and prayer, we regret to say that our process to date has not resulted in a successful call to fill our transitional Pastor needs. We will let everyone know about any new developments as soon as we can.

One of our major challenges is housing, but please know that Session is exploring and investigating many different housing options!  In the meantime,  if you have any leads on local rentals, please email Jeff Fleming, Budget and Finance Elder: [email protected]

Please keep praying for ERPC during this transitional time, that God will supply all of our needs, and the Holy Spirit will continue to guide us as we seek His wisdom and direction. Session is confident that God will be faithful, but we will all 

have to be a little bit more patient than we originally thought. WE PUT OUR TRUST GOD. 

October 15
Session is delighted to let you know that we are moving into the in-person interview stage with our top candidate/s.

~ As you can image, FINDING HOUSING for our future Interim Pastor could prove to be a bit challenging! ~ If anyone has a lead on any local housing options, or any housing ideas, rental units, 1 or 2 bedroom apartments/condos that 
are PET FRIENDLY!  ~ PLEASE EMAIL: JEFF FLEMING (Budget & Finance Elder) at: [email protected]

October 5
The Interim Pastor Candidates were Interviewed on Monday and Tuesday! Session is very encouraged and is spending the next few days discerning, praying & listening for God's voice & guidance! Session meets again on Tuesday night, Oct 12th and will discuss next steps!! ~ As you can image, FINDING HOUSING for our future Interim Pastor could prove to be a bit of a slight barrier in this process! ~ If anyone has a lead on any local housing options, or any housing ideas (rental units, lock-off's, etc) PLEASE EMAIL: JEFF FLEMING (Budget & Finance Elder) at: [email protected]

October 2
We are down to TWO final Candidates. Interviews are on Monday & Tuesday (Oct 4 & 5). We ask for prayers for our future Interim Pastor! We also ask for your prayers of wisdom and clarity. Stay Tuned!

September 28th
Session has been busy this past week focusing on our 3 remaining Candidates! Session will complete all Reference-Calls
tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon. Session is encouraged and excited!  All final-candidate Interviews should wrap-up
within a week or so.  And if all goes as planned - Session will offer the position to one of the Candidates by October 15th!

September 21st
Session met again last night (September 20th) and is contacting references of the remaining candidates. Session has set a goal to interview each remaining candidate by the end of next week (October 1st).

September 15th
The Interim "Pastor Job Announcement" is currently posted in various media outlets both State-wide, as well as Nationally. Session is confident that our Interim Pastor will find us! Session will continue to accept and review every Applicant that we receive until the end of September.

Session met on September 14th and reviewed all of the Interim Pastor applications that we have  received thus far.
Over the next few days, Session is listening to each Applicants Sermons (online). Session will meet again on Monday night, September 20th to discuss immediate next steps. Session is feeling encouraged and hopeful!

Session asks for your prayers of wisdom and guidance during this entire process! They also ask for continued prayers for our future Interim Pastor (whoever he/or she may be)!  WE PUT OUR TRUST IN GOD.

Upcoming Sundays, Advent and Christmas

Sunday, November 21st
Norma Horton will be giving the Sermon during the 9:30am Service

Sunday, November 28th - 1st Sunday of Advent
Gregg Meserole will be kicking off his Advent
Sermon Series: "Living in the Light of Christmas"

We are delighted to announce that Gregg Meserole
will be leading and guiding us through the Advent Season
and Christmas Eve!

Sunday, December 5th - 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 12th - 3rd Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 19th- 4th Sunday of Advent

Christmas Eve Service Times:
3:00pm Outdoor, Sing-A-Long - Familiar Christmas Hymns
5:00pm Children's Christmas Pageant
7:00pm Our Traditional Service - with the Sanctuary Choir
9:00pm Our Contemplative and Reflective Service

Once our new Interim Pastor is hired, the ERPC Nominating committee will begin the process of nominating people to serve on the "Pastor Nominating Committee" (PNC).  Once the PNC if formed and finalized, they will begin the search process for our long-term, permanent Head Pastor. On average, this search process can take anywhere from 12 -18 months. If you would like to nominate someone (or nominate yourself) for the future "Pastor Search Committee" (PNC), please email the Moderator of the ERPC Nominating committee, Lauren Noll at: [email protected]g.