I haven't blogged in about a week. My life has gotten a little crazy. On Sunday, June 3, I got a call from my District Superintendent saying that the Bishop had reappointed me. He asked if my wife and I could meet him and my new D.S. in Springfield (Illinois) at the Conference office on Monday at 2:00pm. From there I learned that the church I have been appointed to is Mascoutah Bethel UMC (pictured above). Tuesday night at 6:30pm my new D.S. introduced me and my wife to the Staff Parish Relations Committee at Mascoutah Bethel.
I was then at Annual Conference from Wednesday to Saturday. Sunday morning, we announced to our current church that I'll be leaving. Sunday evening I was informed that our start date would be July 15 instead of July 1, and we also met the new Associate Pastor who will be coming to Pontiac in a few weeks. He seems like a wonderful guy with a great family. I'm very happy for our church.
So now I'm getting estimates from movers and figuring out the details of the move as I spend my last few weeks at the church and in the town that has been our home for the last five years. When my wife and I moved here, we hadn't even been married two years. We were a family of two. Five years later, we're leaving as a family of four with one on the way. A lot has changed. Its been a good five years here.
We're feeling three very strong emotions simultaneously: the sadness of leaving Pontiac, the excitement about what God has planned for us in Mascoutah, and the stress of trying to work out the details of the move.
My current life situation will probably have very unpredictable effects on my blogging habit.