Thank You for Twenty Years!

It is hard to believe that I began my pastorate here at First Congregational Church two decades ago.  Twenty years!  It truly is hard to believe that it has been that long.

One of the reasons it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long is because our church is such a dynamic place and so much is going on!  They say that time flies when you’re having fun and that’s kinda true here.  Of course, there have been ups and downs along the way but our congregation is blessed to have every “down” followed by an “up.”

Take right now, for example, the biggest “down” we have faced during my ministry here has been the pandemic.  There is no denying that this caused our ministries to falter and our momentum to slow.  No fun there, and time certainly didn’t fly as a result!  

At the same time, however, the Holy Spirit gifted us with the innovation and creativity that we so desperately needed.  And, now, we are on the “up” again as we re-gather as a community of faith, recover cherished traditions and chart a new way forward.

As the world around us changes and struggles, this church and our shared ministry has been an anchor for so many.  It is a refuge and a place to find renewed meaning and direction in life.  It is a place where we remember that there is more good in the world than evil.  It is a place to make a difference.

It has and continues to be such a privilege to be able to enter your lives during times of great joy or great pain; to be the one who shares with you my absolute conviction that God is good and God is working in our lives and in our world.  

Thank you for that privilege.

And the best part is that we’re not finished!  I hope and pray that I will remain the pastor of this church for many years to come and that we continue this wild and wonderful journey together.

See you in church,

–Rev. Dominic