Two years ago, we were delighted to learn that a Ministerial Fellow would be with us for the next two years.  We were also perplexed.  What is a "Fellow" and how would we function together?

 

It turns out that a "Fellow" is a fully prepared and ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament, seeking to have more real-life experience with a congregation.

 

In our case, Pastor Matt Rogalski arrived, and it took a bit for us to get to know him. As we learned more about him, we realized how fortunate we were to have this opportunity.  We have experienced so many events (both large and small) that will be a part of the Story of Pastor Matt at FRCB.   A tree fell down, water lines blew up (twice), a boiler needed replacing, and the roof leaked into the sanctuary.  We worshipped anyway! 

 

The Covid 19 pandemic hit.  We suffered great losses of friends and family members.  Still, we found ways to worship together. For one entire year, we gathered in the parking lot to pray and hear God's word on our car radios.  Our outdoor pulpit was erected and will serve us for years to come.  At the same time, we kept our promise to erect a pavilion on our north lawn. We have great hopes for all that will happen there.

 

Throughout all of this, Pastor Matt was there, leading worship, caring for us, creating social media outreach ministries, interacting with our youngest disciples, visiting us by phone or in person and encouraging us when things seemed so bleak. 

 

So, what is a "Fellow"?   In our case, a Fellow is a friend, a shepherd, a source of joy and wisdom and sometimes much needed laughter.  Our Fellow has been a blessing to us all.

 

Thank you, Pastor Matt!!  

As the pandemic restrictions are lessening, we have returned to worship in our Sanctuary.  All precautions will continue. You will be asked to sign in, we will ask your vaccination status, masks will be worn, social distancing will be maintained.  We will continue to broadcast the service to the parking lot for anyone who prefers to remain in their cars.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Donna Lasher or any consistory member.  Remember, church is where you want it to be!

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