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Send-off for Pastor Faulstich takes place on Sunday, April 12

A Good Ol’ Fashioned Potluck Open House, hosted by the Elders, will celebrate Pastor Kelly Faulstich’s six years of service and ministry at Grace, on Sunday, April 12, 12-2pm, in Fellowship Hall.

Pastor Faulstich has accepted a call to be the pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Church on Chicago. Her last official Sunday with us will be April 12, 2015. On Confirmation Sunday, May 3, she will join Pastor Shaner in confirming the youth she has been working with for the past three years.

Organizers of the April 12 potluck ask that everyone bring a dish to share. This could be your favorite casserole, an egg bake, a salad, a traditional Lutheran Jello mold, coffee cake, or a dessert. It will be fun to see what we bring "together"! Beverages will be provided.

RSVP here to let us know what you will be bringing and the number of people attending. You are also welcome to contribute to a gift for Kelly. (Click here and type "Faulstich gift" in the box marked Other.)

A short program will begin around 12:45 pm, and a guest book will be available for members to sign and share their blessings.

Please contact Sue Foran or Christa Krout with any questions.


Former Associate Pastor Phyllis Kersten will serve Grace as the Interim Associate

The Church Council has unanimously selected Pastor Phyllis Kersten as the Interim Associate Pastor for Grace, beginning April 15. She will be at Grace three days during the week and on Sundays, with primary responsibilities in pastoral care and worship. Pastor Kersten will serve along with Interim Senior Pastor Shaner during the transition to a new Senior Pastor and Associate Pastor at Grace.

Phyllis Kersten is well known to the congregation, having served here as Associate Pastor from 1996 through 2008. Since her retirement in 2008, she has kept very active with travel, writing projects, and two other interim positions. For eight months in 2009, she served as Interim Pastor at Luther Memorial Church in Chicago, and for over a year in 2010-2011, she served as Interim ELCA Pastor at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Before attending seminary, Pastor Kersten worked at Wheat Ridge Ministries and with the Board for Missions of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. She has written Bible studies for the publishing houses of the ELCA and the Missouri Synod.