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It's the Wednesday Email!

Dear Church-

First of all, join me in welcoming Linda Shaull as our new office manager! She started on Monday, following Emily’s decision to not juggle newborn child-care duties with a daily part-time job. Linda’s already off to a great start, and I encourage you to stop by and say hello.

Second, we have in the past held a pre-Thanksigiving pie baking party on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. We then offer the pies for sale in Sunday worship, for freezing or bringing to the Ankeny Ministerial Association ecumenical worship service. We’d love to do it again this year if there’s interest, but it’s been looking like maybe family schedules are getting in the way. If you are interested in baking, let us know at this signup form. We’ll make a decision whether to go forward with it over the weekend. And let me plug once more the wonderful Thanksgiving worship, November 22 at 7pm at Resurrection Lutheran Church. It’s one of my favorite days in the church year.

Third, we welcome back the Rev. John Chaplin to lead us in worship this Sunday. If you were not present in worship or on the stream, I encourage you to at least watch the end of the service, where I made an announcement as to why.

I will send out a more detailed note in the near future, but I announced that I will be away this Sunday and in worship with First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City, where, pending a congregational vote and approval of the presbytery, I have accepted a call to be their minister. As many of you know, Beth has been commuting 100 miles to Iowa City at least twice a week for the past 6 years. Last spring, she was appointed to a full-time position on the tenure track, meaning that even more of her time will be spent there. I am proud of the work we have done in Ankeny over the past 9 years and grateful for all the ways Ankeny United Church has supported and sustained both me and my minister. And I am very glad for the opportunity to fulfill the promise I made to myself and to the church when you called me: that I would leave too soon, rather than too late, leaving the church with the opportunity to build on the best of what we have been together.

I will send out a more details in the near future, but rest assured that we will celebrate this, my 10th Christmas in Ankeny, together.

With much Love, Grace, and Peace,
Pastor Nathan

A Welcoming Church Family

Exploring Progressive Christian Theology

Caring Within

And Serving Beyond