A Letter from Pastor Bryan
Dear St. Peter’s,
Since arriving in December, this is my first opportunity to speak to you through this newsletter. I want to take a moment to give thanks, update you on my the last several weeks, and highlight at least one important opportunity coming up in February.
First, Laurin and I can’t thank you enough for how graciously you’ve welcomed us. I honestly don’t believe any church could do more to help a new pastor and his family transition. At times the reception has almost been uncomfortable, only because we feel so underserving. Yet the meals, notes, and acts of service have reminded us of just how gracious God is to us in Christ. Thank you! As I’ve said before, I also want to thank our current leadership team for supporting me in the transition, as well as my predecessors (Pastors Brad, Mark, Victor, and John) for giving themselves so sacrificially to this church. We’re finally out of our moving boxes (ok… almost), and settling into our home in Mountain Brook.
My installation service in early January meant more than you can know. Obviously it was a privilege to have Archbishop Foley Beach leading. I was also grateful for visiting friends from my former church, including my previous bishop and senior pastor, and one of our deacons. At the same time, having so many of you attend and play a role meant a great deal. Many of you also went out of your way to make the reception afterward possible, and for that I can’t thank you enough.
Now that all that’s behind us, you might naturally be wondering, “So what are you doing, now?” Honestly, my fist several weeks were a matter of leading us through Advent and Christmas, our Annual Parish Meeting, and my installation. Now that the dust has settled, I’ve begun a new season of listening here at St. Peter’s. This has involved meeting with our staff, interns, current and former vestry members, and other members of the church family. It’s been helpful to hear more about what first brought you here, the ways you’ve seen God work, and the opportunities you sense lie ahead. I’m taking all these into account as I lead us in praying and dreaming about our future at St. Peter’s, and look forward to sharing more about what I sense in the future.
In the meantime, I want to draw your attention to our opportunity for baptism on Sunday February 3rd. We’re excited to baptize at least one person that morning, though it’s possible you or a family member have also been wondering about baptism. If you’d like to learn more, please contact one of our clergy.
I look forward to seeing what God has in store for us this year!