Subject to Presbytery approval, Cedar Park has called a new minister, the Rev. Elisabeth Jones. Presently Director of Studies at the United Theological College in Montreal and a participant in the Cedar Park community, she will begin her ministry with Cedar Park on August 1.
After approval of the call by the congregation at a meeting on Sunday, February 27, Pam Hunt, chair of the Joint Search Committee, read the following letter from Elisabeth:
For Cedar Park, Feb 27th. 2011.
I am absolutely delighted to accept this call toÂ ministry with Cedar Park United Church. If itâ€™s a bit of a surprise for some of you that I would consider this call, let me assure you itâ€™s also been quite a surprise to me. Â
I have been richly blessed in over 12 years of ministry as a Â seminary teacher. Iâ€™ve been privileged to walk alongside some incredibly gifted people, both faculty colleagues, and especially the students preparing for ministry in congregations and other ministry settings.Â The one thing that we (students, faculty and alumni)Â have held in common over the years, is a sharedÂ passion and commitment to the health, vitality and future of the church as a place of healing, welcome,Â and discipleship within the larger fabric of society.Â
Imagine my surprise then when the Holy Spirit began to nudge, wink, hint, and eventually bellow loud within my soul to consider coming out from behind the professorâ€™s podium to join those on the front line of living out this passion and commitment.Â Â And imagine too my sense of profound thankfulness, and dauntedness that listening to the Spirit has led us â€“ Cedar Park and me – Â together to this time and place, and to this profound, exciting and hope-filled call to share ministry together.
Two rather practical, but important things to add:
1. Rev. Ron is an absolute gift to us in this transition year, and we should take as much advantage of him as possible while heâ€™s with us!Â He is all ours until June, and I for one have no desire to get in his way, but will watch with aweÂ all the gifts he is bringing to us!
2.Â I shall have a full plate of transition work to do at the College from now until the end of June, so Iâ€™m likely to be less in evidence than usual, as I prepare the handover of that ministry to other capable hands.
Let me finish by saying again, this is for me, and I hope for all of us, a moment of awe and thankfulness for Godâ€™s surprising blessings on us all.Â
With every good wish and blessing,