My beloved Mt. Tam Church,
There’s been a lot going on at the parsonage lately. New fences, main sewer line replaced, whacking back weeds and tree limbs for fire safety. And then there are the headline events:
TRIPLETS BORN AT THE PARSONAGE!
Ms. Raccoon gave birth to identical triplet babies in the bathtub underbelly sometime mid-May. Safe removal of the babies and mother took over a week, with a full uniting of the family late Thursday. The parsonage is now raccoon-proofed, or until the next time a wily raccoon mother-to-be decides that a Methodist parsonage makes a marvelous nursery.
MOUSEHOLE IS NOT JUST A CUTE BRITISH VILLAGE NAME!
It turns out there are more entrances for mice than humans at the parsonage! With a great flood of the jolly little creatures into the parsonage garage, closets and God-knows-where-else, the rodent advisor found at least a half a dozen wide-open welcome spots for the mice. Given that the humans aren’t ready to be a mouse Airbnb, the mousehole repair guy is hard at work closing off all entrances. Since Pastor Kim will be traveling to Mousehole, Cornwall, England this summer, somehow it seems an appropriate farewell.
PASTOR LEAVING ON SABBATICAL
Well, maybe that’s not a headline and it’s the latest news from the parsonage. This will be my last Faith Matters until September 1. Words cannot convey the gratitude I have for this time of renewal and re-creation. Please hear my deep thanks to you, as a congregation for support and care and to individuals for all you have been doing and will do in my absence. That gratitude carries me to Devon and Cornwall, preaching in British Methodist Churches and following John Wesley’s trail there, a trail Lindy and I will pick up in a counter-clockwise circle around Ireland finding Mr. Wesley’s footprints there. Then home for rest, more travel and time with spiritual partners. I pray to come back renewed, refreshed and ready for another great year of ministry with my amazing congregation. Please join me in prayer for this time.