The Pastor's Peace - July, 2011
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As you have likely already heard, or will read about in this month’s newsletter, the congregation will be gathering to vote to fund the demolition of the parsonage. This is the continuation of a process that has been going on for several years (the church voted in 2008 to demolish the house,) and it is an issue with multiple and heartfelt opinions. This is not the first time a difficult topic has been voted on at Beaver Church and I’m sure it will not be the last. There are always times in our life and times in our church when difficult decisions must be made, decisions that require thought and honesty, and where the solution is not always obvious.

Time and time again, as we look around the world, we see examples where difficult decisions about the future are debated, worried about, prayed about, and then finally decided. There are numerous examples in our current political landscape here in the United States, as well as abroad. In Greece, political leaders have the difficult task of trying to do what they feel is best for the future of their country, while knowing that some of these decisions will financially hurt the very people they are trying to help and serve. Not an envious position to be in, I would think. Thankfully for us, votes on the parsonage are infinitely less dramatic and less dire. This does not mean, however, that these decisions are not difficult. In the end, there will likely be some people who will be disappointed after our July 17 meeting, and will feel that a better decision could have been made. Again, this is why
such things are difficult, because the answers aren’t as obvious as we would like.

In my time here at Beaver Church I have reflected on so many things that I love and appreciate about this church and the people who worship here. One thing that impresses me again and again is our ability to wrestle with challenging topics in a way that is respectful of others-- with each person being focused not on winning, but on what is best for this church, the mission of Christ, and our future together. This is something I hope and pray never changes.

Unfortunately, it is becoming common in our society to be increasingly comfortable with demonizing those who disagree with us. The motto of our denomination is “That they may all be one.” This does not mean we will always think as one, or agree about each topic, but hopefully it does mean that beyond any debate we understand that we are all one in Christ. We are all brothers and sisters, and this above all else is what truly matters. I anticipate that the upcoming congregational meeting will be handled in the same respectful and compassionate manner that I have found to be commonplace here at Beaver church. I would ask that all of us remember that, as the votes are counted, as any decisions are enacted, our bond to each other in Christ is more important than any building, any vote, or any disagreements we might have. May we all be one in Christ’s love, working together towards the greater glory of God’s kingdom.

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Brian