Dear SOV Family,
it's time to take a break from St. Paul, Phoebe, Corinth and Cenchreae (the subjects of my research paper :) and send a line or two to all of you. My hope was that by now I would have been able to spend a Sunday morning at SOV and tell you about my settling down efforts in person. Well, it has not happened -- and since it doesn't look good for the next few Sundays either -- here it goes.
I am finally conceding that I will not go anywhere (away from Portland that is) and so I am working on becoming an integral part of a neighborhood. To achieve this, my church community simply has to be closer to me so that I can more actively participate in their life. As you know - trying to come your way from the NE at any time during weekday rush-hour is hazardous to ones health ;)
To make a long story short, I have been worshipping with the community of Central Lutheran (15 walking minutes from my house). Some of you may have read about them and their 'bell tower debacle' in the Oregonian around the beginning of the month. If not, you will have to wait until I visit SOV for me to tell you.
I hope to visit soon, at least as soon as my Deaconess Conference (17-24 June) is over. I do miss all of you (especially my Sunday lunch cohort :). Moreover, as the church of my consecration, Shepherd will always have a special place in my heart. Keeping you and your joys and sorrows, successes and failures, endeavors and cutbacks in my prayers of gratitude.