This past weekend was pretty for us. First of all, we've been house/dog sitting since Tuesday, which is always fun. It's kind of like a mini vacation. Friday the missionary our church sponsors came to visit us. We had a potluck (of course) and he gave a presentation about his work in Mexico City. He works at a Lutheran seminary, training new leaders. It was all actually really interesting. The seminary consists of at least four different denominations (Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, Baptist) and they share classes.
Saturday we went to a wedding of a friend of ours. It was the first wedding at a Catholic church I've ever been to. Now I'm wondering if I'll get to sit during Allie's wedding. Standing in food line at the reception I met a guy who went to college with Bush. Like, was actually in classes with him all the way through. The guy now teaches economics at a nearby school. He had some fascinating stories about our president. I also learned from him that our friend getting married, her father was president of Haiti for about 6 months in the late 1980's. I knew he was an important guy there, but I didn't realize he was THAT important. Very interesting.
Today was our pastor's last day on the job. He announced in April that he was resigning, but he's not sure what he's going to do now. From the sounds of it today, it looks like he is taking some time off and then maybe looking to pastor another church or do something else. He was at Peace for 9 years. He is a great guy and will be sorely missed by all of us. Not only him, but the entire family. They are still going to be in Knoxville, but according to the ECLA guidelines, we're not supposed to have contact with them for something like 2-3 years. In a way I can see why that is necessary, but it's also hard for people. Especially those who were pretty close to the family. We had a really good service today at least. Then we had a farewell program for the family, which was really more of a roast for the pastor. It was actually pretty hilarious. Who knew we had so many funny people at church? That was followed by another potluck, because that's how we roll. Now we enter the "transitional phase" and start looking for a new pastor. Should be intersting, but hopefully in the end it will all work out for the best for everyone.