Greetings from JCC!
This is a copy of the newsletter that went out recently to members and friends of JCC. We’ll try to post it here on the website as well… that way if you miss it, or change email addresses, you can always find the news here as a blog post as well.
Let me introduce myself to you. My name is Tim Johnson and since Easter (April 16th) I’ve been the new pastor here at JCC. Actually, I’m not completely new… I’ve been coming about once a month to preach at JCC as part of a rotating preaching team. Since I and my family live in Mount Vernon my pastoral position is by necessity part-time but I’m thrilled to take on this leadership role. My wife Andrea and I have served for the past 28 years as missionaries to Japan, serving with the Evangelical Covenant Church. For a number of family reasons we felt it was best to conclude our ministry in Japan and to put down some roots here in the U.S. It has been a huge transition for us but we are so grateful for God’s leading and provision. And we’re so grateful for the warm welcome we’ve received at JCC.
A Great Easter Celebration..
On April 16th we gathered for a special Easter worship service, preceded by a wonderful breakfast and concluding with a time of fellowship and a group photo! It was also a time for JCC to welcome me and my family on board as the new pastor. Check out the photo above… and the beautiful cake served in our honor…. and a photo of me, my wife Andrea, our youngest son Sky (struggling with a cold that day), our daughter Lilla, and Zukki! – who had treats for the children….
I know Sue Hanson has already sent out a brief blip to many of you about our meeting this coming Saturday, June 3, at 9:00 a.m. but I’ll include it here too:
“Please remember next Saturday’s meeting!! Everyone is encouraged to join us as we gather together for two reasons:
- this meeting will be a follow-up to the Saturday meetings we had before when we met to discuss JCC’s future.
- With Pastor Tim joining us on a more regular basis now, we are feeling more hopeful and encouraged, but this meeting will be a nice opportunity to get to know Pastor Tim better and ask him about his thoughts on our church’s future. Be sure to come with your questions as well as be willing to share your own thoughts. We will meet from 9:00 AM through noon. Bagels & fruit will be served.
If you’re unable to join us on Saturday, we hope to see you on a Sunday soon. Please continue to keep JCC and those listed on our prayer list in your prayers.”
We look forward to staying in touch!
Grace & Peace,