The picture was taken upon the occasion of the baptism of our fifth grandchild, Avary. Judy and I have been married all but 45 years. We have two sons, Ben and Adam, and five grandchildren, Mason (16), Julia (14), Adison (10), Abigail (6), and Avary (3).
Judy and I live in Perkiomenville, (about a 50 min. drive) Montgomery County. I have just completed my 42nd year in the ministry, having served a church in Zieglerville (17 1/2 years), in Limerick (19 years), and in *East Greenville, for this past 3 years. This, *New Goshenhoppen, was my home church in which I was baptized, confirmed, married and ordained.
Judy is a retired special education teacher and Perkiomen Valley School District Administrator and is now an adjunct professor at Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA.
My Dad grew up in Shoemakersville and my Mom in Reading. My dad, Clarence was a teacher, coach, and then principal of the Upper Perkiomen HS for 42 years.
Judy and I are pleased to reacquaint with all our friends at Bern. It seems more like I’ve been away for one month, not eighteen of them. Oh, and by the way, I’ve noticed that only the younger generation that has changed in their appearance. Thank goodness!
It is important to convey my role. I am serving as a
stated supply. That means that I will be the steady supply preacher on Sundays rather than requiring frequent changes with numerous supplies. I am not an Interim Pastor who would be responsible to act as a full-time Pastor with all the normal pastoral responsibilities. Instead, I am making myself available for hospital visits, and home communions when I become aware of the need. So essentially I am serving Bern as might be represented by one-third of the duties.
The role of
stated supply is the first phase to set in motion toward the hiring of another full-time Pastor. The next step is the seeking and hiring of an Interim Pastor. I believe it is fair to say that these steps can advance more rapidly because Bern should not be required, nor expected, to create a whole new church profile. With, perhaps a new cover letter, the profile should soon be circulated to potential pastoral candidates. Meanwhile may our brief reunion be a pleasant one.
Pastor Jim Roth
Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. Desiderata (Max Ehermann 1927)