Looking Forward to a New Year

What has life been like this past year? Busy! Both personally and vocationally, it’s been a full, rewarding year.

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in my first call for eleven¬† months. Time flies when one is busy! Here are some of the major life events that have happened this past year (plus a few months):

October: Regional assignment (draft).
November: First interview.
December: Second interview.
January: Started first call at Faith Lutheran Church.
February: Officially ordained as a Pastor.
April: Officially installed at Faith Lutheran Church.
June: Married!
July: Niece born!
August: Officiated at first wedding.
September: First baptism (niece)!
December: Christmas!

Whew! Busy, busy year.

There have been some exciting developments at Faith Lutheran Church this past year that hold promise for the future, too:

  • We started a Care Ministry to assist those needing long-term care and caregivers who need time to relax and unwind.
  • The congregation’s biannual fish fry was a resounding success each time. It’s one of the best events the congregation sponsors, and always raises a good amount of money for charitable causes.
  • Slowly, but surely, the youth are being challenged and called upon in the church.
  • Two more ELCA churches in the area called new pastors, and the three of us are exploring ways in which we can work together.
  • In addition, the priest at the local Episcopalian mission restart is super ecumenically minded and is excited to work with us on a number of inter-congregational ministries.
  • We restarted both Lent and Advent midweek services.
  • Sunday School was moved out of the Sunday service so that the children and youth could fully participate in worship.

2014 has been a whirlwind year, and I hope that 2015 is just as full, just as exciting, and just as God-breathed! Happy New Year!

Featured Image: “Happy New Year” by Morgan is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Author: Pastor Ken

Ken Ranos serves as the pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Three Lakes, WI, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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