“For everything, there is a season, a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; …a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…” The time has come for me to end my time as pastor of DHC.
My family and I have been richly blessed by you. Thank you. My last Sunday with you will be May 22. I begin my new call at The Church of the Palms UCC in Sun City on June 1.
I find that grief is a lot like riding a roller coaster. You are strapped in at the beginning so you can’t escape it. You start chugging along and think to yourself, “I can do this.” Then things start happening fast and at times you feel as if you are about to throw up your guts. About that time, things start to slow down, and you think it is all over. At that moment there often is one more loop or turn to surprise you.
Many of you, I suspect, are grieving.
The five stages of grief are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. We don’t necessarily follow them in that exact order, sometimes we bounce back and forth from one to another. But, more often than not, we do feel these five things. The 5 stage model was first introduced by Elisabeth Kübler- Ross. Although it was designed for terminally ill patients, it fits other losses.
God is still speaking at DHC and DHC is an awesome place to be.
In a world trying to send people to hell—you have created a place where all people are welcome. That is special—as you all are. That will not change. Together you are provided a holy welcome. Know that I love you all.
Our annual Baseball game trip will be on Sunday March 20 at Hohokam Stadium. Tailgating will begin at 11:30. Game starts at 1:00. $28 per ticket or $35 per ticket with tailgating. Talk to Emily or Dan Phares.
Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday, March 20 Come celebrate with a procession of rainbow Palms!
Maundy Thursday, March 24 Tenebrae Service 7:00 pm
Good Friday, March 25 Prayer Vigil 9 am –12 pm Look for the sign up sheet
Easter Sunday, March 27 7:00 am Early Service
8:00 Pancake Breakfast (cash donations towards the breakfast are welcome) 10:00 am Easter Service 11:15 am Egg Hunt