This Sunday we welcome Rev. Laura Baumgartner as our Associate Pastor. Laura brings some wonderful experiences, passions and gifts to us. She knows Bellevue well as having taught at Robinswood and now The International School. She has been a lay person and leader at both University Temple in Seattle, and Riverton Park in Tukwila. As such she knows the ins and outs of church leadership, has immense administrative skills and experiences, and understands the complexities of ministry in a variety of settings.
This Sunday we will celebrate all of that as we share worship together. Very much like David Lutz’s account of the installation of Bishop Elaine Stanovsky at Annual Conference, we will also be offering various gifts as symbols to Pastor Laura as she begins ministry here. She will be receiving a Bible, a container of water, anointing oil, a chalice and paten, a basin and towel, a globe, and a pastoral stole. Each are symbolic of what pastoral ministry is and can be and I’ll be talking briefly about each and what they mean as pastors and as those seeking to be in ministry together.
Please come and welcome her and her family to this remarkable congregation. To prepare please read Isaiah 52:6-7.