St. Charles and Dover United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

Pastor's Reflection


Time has a way of flying by, at least in my perception – the older I get the faster it seems to fly by! Does it seem that way to you? I remember as a child, when I was waiting for something special to happen or something not so enjoyable to end, time would seem to just crawl by and I could not seem to make it go by any faster. Not today! 

When it was announced on February 17 to all of you that my appointment here was ending and a new one was beginning on June 30 in Herman, it seemed as if the months ahead would give plenty of time to prepare - it too is flying by too quickly!

Gary and I are living a life half in and half out of boxes, and navigating rooms at the parsonage around stacks of boxes. We are finding how much you can accumulate in ten years! It is not the most pleasant endeavor – there are memories attached and often I find myself in tears, other times I struggle to make decision what to keep, what to throw away and what to give to others. I have come across notes and cards I have been given and filed, revisiting sometimes many of the lives I have had the privilege to celebrate with you, remembering each one and how they are missed. My mind wanders through the many sacred times we have had together, the challenges we have worked through and even with spiritual imagination reflecting on what new plan God has for these two churches. And praying for all of you. Please pray for us as well! Many trips have been made to the Resource Center and to Friends of the Library in Rochester (the local library does not have enough storage to take many books). My work with new clergy has allowed me to pray over books, put them out on tables, and allow the clergy to take what they would like. That brings me joy! 

Another joy is all the visits I am having with many of you. Please do not hesitate to request a visit – many have and it has been wonderful! 

My last Sunday will be on June 9, then will be taking two weeks of vacation to prepare and move and settle in the new parsonage. The moving van comes on June 18.  I am still officially your pastor until June 30 when the new pastor will begin ministry here.  Someone locally will handle emergency calls, just as always when I am on vacation – this time Rev. Frank Jones has graciously agreed to cover any pastoral needs 

On June 8, from 2-5 pm the churches will jointly host a farewell gathering for Gary and me at St Charles City Hall. It will be an open house, not sure yet if there will be a program during that time. More information will be forthcoming! 

My heart is so full I find myself often at a loss for words. Not a good thing for a preacher!

Transitions are hard and transitions are exciting – quite the mixture. And God is in the middle of it all! 

I am closing with some quotes from my favorite poet Mary Oliver: 

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” 

“Instructions for living a life. 

Pay attention. 

Be astonished. 

Tell about it.” 

    “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”  


                                                                         In Love,                                        

                                                                                       Pastor Heather