Entries by dseale

January 2020

For lo, the days are hastening on, By prophet bards foretold, When with the ever circling years Comes round the age of gold; When peace shall over all the earth Its ancient splendors fling, And the whole world give back the song Which now the angels sing. Friends, I remember how long it took from […]

December 2019

Friends, Thanksgiving and Advent are peculiar times of the year. We spend a day in gratitude for all that we have, but we rush out the next morning to spend and spend on more and more. We have a season for quiet waiting, but we fill it with noise and activity. As the weather cools […]

November 2019

Dear Friends,   Thank you for the warm welcome that you extended to my family on Installation Sunday! October 6th was a glorious day with incredible music in both services, moments of laughter, and a feeling of hope. I am so delighted to be working alongside you in ministry, and I know that God has […]

October 2019

Friends,      There is a cautious optimism that surrounds a new pastor.  Can they preach?  Can they lead?  Will they try to change everything?  Will they have an open door and easy personality?  Are they relatable?  Are they coming in with an agenda on their mind?  I hope that many of your initial questions have […]

September 2019

Greetings, Words cannot adequately express my thanks for the warm welcome that you have extended to my family and me. We are so excited to be here in Rocky Mount, and I am especially pleased to begin serving the church this month. I have many ideas that I am eager to refine and adapt as […]

August 2019

This is a check list of the process in finding a new pastor.  We will provide this as a way to keep you  informed about where we are and what needs to be done next.   July 2017  Bridge interim is hired and search for an interim begins. November 2017 Interim minister is hired and […]

July 2019

Preparing for New Leadership   As your PNC (Pastor Nominating Committee) draws closer to finding and presenting a candidate for your consideration, it is important to begin preparing for new leadership. There always seems to be some anxiety when an unknown is pending. If your committee truly reflects the makeup of the congregation, their reaction […]

June 2019

A Thank You   Many of you have heard that I am facing a life challenge in the near future. On July 16, I will be having kidney transplant surgery. This is not an end of ministry event. In fact, if all goes well, it will allow me to continue in full time ministry as […]

May 2019

Fifty Days of Easter No, Easter is not over yet. We often think of Easter as one day in the Christian Calendar, but actually it is a season that lasts 50 days. Beginning with the Easter Vigil on the Saturday before Easter and lasting until Pentecost, “Eastertide” is the longest season of the Christian year. […]

April 2019

Fifth Sunday Event On Sunday, March 31st, we will meet in the fellowship hall starting at 10:00 AM for breakfast. We will have worship around the tables and enter into a discussion that concludes at noon.  The following Scripture will be presented and these questions will be discussed. Be thinking about how you might answer […]