Friday, January 21, 2011

Lead Pastor Joyce

My bride, Joyce, was selected as the lead pastor of our church (http://WestchesterChapel.org). Here's her first note to our community...


Dear Westchester Chapel Friends and Family:

As you may have learned, yesterday the board elected me to serve as your lead pastor.  I am honored to serve as first among equals with the pastoral team:  Pastor Randy and Melanie Solomon, Pastor Linda Warren and my husband Rich Swingle.  It is truly a privilege and a joy to work with them.  I am -- indeed we are all -- indebted to recently retired Rev. Jim Warren, whose support, courage and persistence have inspired and led us all to aspire to be all God created us to be.  Please hold the team in your prayers for increasing intimacy with the Lord, His Word and His People.  

I am especially honored to serve the Lord with our board, who have consistently and diligently sought the Lord's will and His best for you and for WCCC, as a whole.  Please hold these servants of the Lord in your prayers for strength, protection and wisdom.  

The Lord's message to us this year is to "learn His song" -- as Pastor Randy preached three weeks ago.  You can hear it again or for the first time at http://westchesterchapel.blogspot.com/ (1/2/11).  We will continue on our journey as a living picture of Biblical, Christian community by devoting ourselves to God, His Word and His People.  Along the way, we will be delighted by our increasing knowledge and intimacy with the Lord.  We will discover more about who He is and who we are in Christ.  We will learn what matters to Him and share in the joys, the sorrows and the miracles of God's work and passion in His world.

I'm delighted to go on the joyful journey with you.  Among the many things we have to look forward to:
*  Next week's baptism service.
*  A triumphant departure service at 214 Central Ave.
*  A victorious dedication service at our new space just blocks from our current location.
*  Bible studies and teachings focused on the healing ministry of Jesus and His passion for His People.
*  And more creative expressions of God's Word and His Love as we continue to grow as a community.

Thank you for your love for God and for Westchester Chapel.

May He richly bless you and keep you and grant you the joy of His Presence and Person.

In Christ's Love,

Pastor Joyce Swingle
Jeremiah 29:11

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