My name is David Tellinghuisen (sounds similar to the clothing brand, Van Heusen). I started as your Interim/Transitional Pastor on Sunday, November 15th.
I am here to help you transition from one chapter of ministry to what God has for you next. It can be an exciting time; it’s also a time of change. There is a saying, “Change happens; transitions are made.” How you respond to change (what you do with it and who you are in the midst of it), is what makes a transition. As you enter this time of transition, may the following part of the Christmas story remind you that through the twists and turns of life God is your anchor … Jesus, your foundation.
18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” – which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:18-23 NIV
What was certainly confusing to Joseph and Mary, has become the source of our salvation. It took belief back then to trust the angel of the Lord. It takes believing today to trust that Jesus came to save us from our sins – that Jesus is clearly for you and for me. I pray that we may all experience anew: God being with us … Jesus being for us.