Saturday after Trinity Sunday
May 29, 2010
The Lord be with you
As Circuit Counselor of Circuit 18, one of my responsibilities is to assist congregations when their pastor either takes a call to another congregation or retires. Prior to my becoming the Circuit Counselor the pastor of Grace Lutheran, Summerville, SC, took a call to Florida. Rev. Clifford Gade, our former Circuit Counselor, worked with the congregation and one of the very last things he did was assist Grace in issuing a call to Pastor Willsea. Pastor Willsea accepted this call and will be installed at the pastor of Grace Lutheran Tuesday, June 1, at 7:00 PM.
The actual installation would normally be done by either our District President, the Rev. Dr. Jon Diefenthaler, or by me as his representative. Rev. Diefenthaler cannot attend due to prior obligations and I will be on a vacation which was planned long before I became the Circuit Counselor. To enable the installation to proceed, Dr. Diefenthaler has authorized Rev. John Kassouf to do the installation. (Just in case you were wondering, no, it is not a requirement that pastors be named “John” in the LC-MS.)
Grace Lutheran Church is located at 1600 Old Trolley Road, Summerville, SC, 29483. The time of 7:00 PM was chosen to allow as many people and pastors as possible in our far-flung circuit to participate. It is always a special event in the life of a congregation when a new pastor arrives. God willing, we will have a good turnout.
For more information you can contact Grace Lutheran at 843-871-5444. Their e-mail address is: GRACE-LCMS.NET. Rev. Timothy Sandeno (843-225-0068) has been a tremendous amount of assistants in coordinating the service with Grace and Pastor Willsea.
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor John Rickert