On August 27th, the congregation voted to reinstate Rev. Gary Proietti to the position of part time pastor of Calvary Church. The election held was a majority vote that was enough to pass the motion to call Pastor Gary for a one year term.
The agreement was to be a 2/3 time pastor (see contract) which would allow the church to grow financially. Pastor Gary will continue to preach, visit, make hospital calls, keep office hours and offer counseling to those in need.
Calvary is looking for everyone too bind together for the good of Calvary and the glory of God. Can we count on you?
This Sunday, May 7th, Pastor Gary will address the congregation concerning his health and ministry of Calvary. in lieu of a sermon, the pastor will speak from the heart about his journey for the past two years. This is to make certain that no misinformation will be cycling through the congregation and that the future of Calvary will be strengthened.
Remember: this is a "sharing and caring" session and not a shaming and blaming. Everyone will be treated fairly and a question and answer session will follow. Consistory has voted unanimously in executive session to carry out this very important event in the life of the church. Please spread the word to those who do not have smart phones or computers. We want everyone to attend - no exceptions.
It's been gradual, but I am becoming resigned to accept the future for what it offers us. The unknown is always makes us apprehensive, But God's Spirit abides with us and whispers peace be still. I have grown to love everyone at Calvary, without exception. This doesn't mean we've always agreed or got along. Every family, church families included, have their rifts from time to time, but Jesus tells us to go to each other and make things right, before time slips into the future.
There is nothing that the Body of Christ can't handle. When you think of the martyrs and those who were persecuted for their faith, our modern conflicts are nothing in comparison. Paul tells us in Romans 8:39, "No power in the sky above or in the earth below - indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. God calls us to be one in the Spirit so we can fulfill the call of Christ on our lives.
I am confident that in the final analysis, that Calvary will be whole and remain whole in the years to come. May we pick up the baton and carry on for the sake of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
No one is more disappointed than I about leaving my beloved position at Calvary UCC. I thought I had a few more good years of pastoral ministry, but as things would be, I ran out of gas this past year and a half. I will probably be relegated to part time ministry somewhere where I can regenerate and heal from mental and physical fatigue.
Calvary will always hold a special place in my heart. Over the years I have grown close to so many wonderful people who have embraced Faith and me as part of the Calvary family. My prayer is that you will all bind together to advance the good work in Crestline and take the church into the future with a quality minister.
This weekend, I am resting at Bethany College in West Virginia. This is a special place for me, so I will absorb the scenery, the peaceful surroundings and the academic setting for a well needed renewal.
There will be more blogs coming, so in the meantime, keep your faith strong and your hopes high. May we someday meet again along this journey of life. Peace and love to EVERYONE!
Yesterday was a day of triumph for half of America. It was also a day of disappointment for the other half. That's the way a democracy works - there are winners and losers.
If your candidate won, good for you. If your candidate lost, well you'll have to wait four years and try again. However, we can all be winners by backing those the electorate placed in office. Rhetoric like, "He's not my president. I didn't vote for her," speak of picking sour grapes. I don't mind when some people lose, but I don't ever want to be called a "sore loser."
Tuesday we drew lines in the sand. We argued and pushed for our favorite political figure. Today we are all Americans, working for the same goals of bringing every man, woman and child into the giant family we call America. To build our infrastructure and see to it that America is that lighthouse of freedom and opportunity for all the world to see and emulate.
We now will move on. We will be watching to see how a new administration will handle the plethora of problems facing this country. In a few months we will say goodbye to our sitting president and pray for their welfare and the future of their family. And most of all, we will prayer for our new leader that God will follow him in every decision and deliberation. And we will go about our business and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Since the beginning of the year, 133 people have died in mass shootings around the United States. Most recently, 49 people were slaughtered in an Orlando nightclub by a shooter with an assault weapon. I don't know about you, but I am weary about senseless violence especially when it is precipitated by racial, religious and sexual hatred.
It's time the carnage was stopped by the leaders of our society with our support. There are many ideas floating about, but if we can send space shuttles into outer space, we certainly can reason together to put a rein on these atrocities.
The young people of Orlando who were mowed down last week were brothers, sisters, sons and daughters of some family somewhere. Not every person in the club were homosexual, yet the hatred of one gunman took the lives of 49 souls including the critical wounding of 53 others. For those who survived, their lives have changed forever. They will live in fear and be traumatized for the rest of their lives with psychological scars that will haunt them forever.
When we talk about "God is still speaking," we mean that we will not give in to antiquated biblical biases that ultimately lead to the vilification of certain groups and classes that have been oppressed throughout history. Today, God is calling us to be a hospitable people who are tolerant and inclusive. Until the whole world gets this concept, there will be more hatred and killing and murderous obscenities without an end in sight.
I am calling on the leaders of Calvary to meet together to discuss the possibilities of putting an end to racial and sexual hostilities that have their root in outdated myths. May God help us to come up with solutions to these very complex social issues. Will you join me as part of the answer?
This coming Sunday is the celebration of PENTECOST. After 49 days or seven weeks from the Passover, the Jewish celebration of Shavuot occurs which commemorates the 49 after leaving Egypt when Moses brought the law down from the mountain.
Christians celebrate Pentecost as the day when the Holy Spirit came to the early disciples and empowered them to preach the Resurrection with boldness and confidence. It was said that the disciples had cloven tongues of fire on their heads and they preached about Christ in foreign languages.
This Sunday, everyone is encouraged to wear something red to symbolize the fire of Pentecost. There will be great music, colorful symbols, and I hope the Holy Spirit stops by. Let's fill the church this Pentecost Sunday, May 15th at 10:00 am!
My heart is saddened by the events in Brussels that transpired yesterday. It's hard to conceive why people would resort to such hateful violence for their cause. Hundreds of lives have been changed in an instant for the rest of their lives. May the world taste the unconditional love and mercy of God in their lives. Amen.
This Lenten season has reveal some interesting things about my life. My emotions have gone all the way from euphoric elation to a "dark night of the soul." I believe Lent can be a time of deep reflection and self understanding. I believe there is something life changing that is happening at Calvary. Let us keep in prayer to unveil what God is doing among us. We await the great Resurrection morning.
It's been awhile since my last blog as much has gone on since then. The church program is blossoming and new things are happening around the church. The Sunday School is going through some changes as well as the church facilities.
Right now we are in the middle of Lent with Holy Week coming fast.
The schedule is as follows:
Palm Sunday March 20
Maundy Thursday March 24 at 7 pm
The ramblings of Pastor Gary