We are approaching the second anniversary of the first time I came to preach at Burlington Presbyterian, and yet we are also setting out on a new phase in our journey together, as pastor and congregation. I am excited about celebrating my installation as your next called and installed pastor on February 4th! While I feel that I have gotten to know many of you individually, and as a church, I also still have much to learn. In many ways, we have been in a holding pattern over the past two years, as you grieved the loss of Pastor Mike and prepared the search process through the PNC. We have done well at keeping the basic functions of the church going strong – and have even made some changes here and there! – but we have not delved too deeply into what really makes you passionate and energized to serve Jesus Christ beyond these walls.
As a church, you have supported many missions and ministries both here in your local community, such as People Helping People, Camp Wilmot, and Elmbrook Place, and in the wider world, from Heifer Project International to special offerings for disaster relief and in many other ways. We are a small church, but we can make a significant impact on the lives of those in our pews and in the world around us when we work together. I would love to hear from you about where you think we can make a difference, whether on a local, or larger scale issue.
We will be putting together a mission team to determine where we want to focus our efforts as a church for the upcoming year, and determining some ways we can serve God together in our communities. If you know of opportunities or organizations that would benefit from a group service project, we are open to suggestions! And if you are interested in joining the mission team to help guide our focus and narrow things down, please let me know. This is a time for dreaming new dreams and seeing new visions! What new thing is God doing in the life of Burlington Presbyterian Church, even now?
This past weekend we welcomed a new Pastor new pastor into our congregation, and we have video! Actually, this looks a bit better than the live-stream on YouTube and doesn’t have that annoying glitch in the first 9 minutes, so enjoy!
Having searched far and wide, our congregation has joyfully found our new Pastor, Rev. Trina Portillo. Trina has been serving BPC for over two year in an temporary capacity since the death of our interim Pastor, Michael O’Brien in March of 2016. During that time, she and the congregation have grown together, and we’re excited to invite her to become the Pastor of our church. We hope that you all have a chance to meet her soon, and welcome her into the great community of faiths here in Burlington.
We would love for you to join us in the installation service which will start at 3:00 PM on Sunday, February 4th. The service will include communion, and will be followed by a reception in the church hall after the service (about 4:00 PM) with refreshments. There’s no need to RSVP. We encourage you to wear red, as a celebration of the Holy Spirit!
Today, in a special congregational meeting, the Presbyterian Church in Burlington, by the unanimous decision of all members there assembled, voted to extend a call to Rev. Trina Portillo to be our new pastor. Everyone welcome our Pastor elect, Trina! Special thanks to Rev. Jane Wilson who acted as guest moderator, and a HUGE thank you to the Pastor Nominating Committee.