Pastor Peterson's Pericopes
I have people on my mind this month.
I have known John Goodman for many years. When I was the pastor at Mt. Calvary in Boulder and John was on staff at Shepherd of the Hills, we went on a mission trip together to Mexico. It was there I learned firsthand of John’s passion for missions. We connected off and on over the years; he would come to the gospel festivals we sponsored, I visited him in the hospital when he was down for so long following his heart surgery. I was pleased when I took the call to Bethlehem that I would have a chance to work with John. John is unique as a choir director, bringing a spirituality to the task that I have seldom seen.
As you know, John has announced his retirement after many years of directing church choirs. He has been a real blessing to Bethlehem and to me. I am pleased that John and Cathy will be keeping their membership at Bethlehem. We need the passions and gifts they bring.
Jasmine will also be leaving us soon to continue her call to ministry, both as a pastor and a chaplain. The Tesdahls quickly became fixtures here at Bethlehem after they joined. We were blessed to welcome Aspen Pascale soon after that. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to them.
It has been a joy to watch Jasmine grow into her call; first as a church member, then as an active volunteer, a candidate for ministry and seminary student, a BLC staff member and now as an intern pastor. I have images of her in her white alb but also in her Air Force uniform. She wears them both well. Like John Goodman, Jasmine has freely shared her gifts with us in many ways. She also is a blessing. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Jasmine, Gene and Aspen.
So many of you
My mom and I are awed by the way the congregation has reached out to us during my dad’s illness and death…all the cards…all the hugs…all the prayers…all the heartfelt comments. Bless you. Your love and care has made this difficult time bearable.
Pastor Sarah Anderson
It was moving for me to have Pastor Sarah preside at my dad’s service. To see her back at our altar, now in her stole, raising the bread and wine, was so affirming. She was my pastor that day.
Don Layton and George Choun
Two more of our members have joined the communion of saints. George would always give me the best “peace,” when we shared it during worship. He would hug me so hard I could hardly breathe. Don was almost always in worship, always willing to help when asked. He was just a good and faithful servant. They both will be missed.
Pastor Deb Abbott
Pastor Deb will be filling in for me during my upcoming three-month sabbatical. With all that has happened, I have to be honest and say that I am looking forward to it. I know you will support her as you have supported me.
Please join us this month as we say Thank You and Godspeed to John and Jasmine.