Pastor’s Blog for February: Have you read the Bible? This is an invitation to “IMMERSE” yourself in the Word of God!

2019 is our third year of reading large portions of the Bible in Spring and Fall together in groups. Starting the week of February 17, we will read Poets, the fifth of six volumes in Immerse: the Bible Reading Experience. Poets includes the “song and wisdom” literature: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Lamentations.

These writings all reflect the down-to-earth faith of God’s people as they live out their Covenant relationship with God in worship and wise living.

Talk with anyone who has participated in the reading groups, and you will want to join a group! The groups are great for inviting a friend or neighbor, since the format invites people to ask their own questions and express doubts.

These four simple and open-ended, questions catalyze our discussions and open our hearts to hear God speak:
1. What stood out to you this week? 2. Was there anything troubling or confusing? 3. Did anything make you think differently about God? 4. How might this change the way we live?

For the special reading edition ($10 if you contact Pastor Nancy NOW) or order online the kindle or paper version. You can also listen to the daily readings at “Immersebible.com / Poets or read your own bibles.

Immerse Reading Flexible Schedule: 30 minutes of reading, 5 days a week: To get started:
Week of Feb 17: Introduction and Psalms 1-41
Week of Feb 24: Lamentations and Psalms 42-72
Week of March 3: Song of Songs and Psalms 73-89

Yes, you heard right: Here is my announcement of my retirement at the end of 2019:
With great emotion in my heart and mind I announce my plan to retire from my position as your pastor by the end of 2019. Wally and I have long talked and prayed about this change. God is calling us to be closer and more available to our children and grandchildren, so we hope to move to Chicago about a year from now.

I love Orchard Covenant Church. I love all of you, and I love being your pastor. Indian Orchard is our home. I have grown and learned so much while serving you. I will not be leaving because of any problem, and leaving will not be easy. But God is leading us to transplant ourselves to a new location. This means that God is also leading you to new things, and that God is already preparing another gifted and called pastor to serve OCC.

This year will be a great adventure with God for all of us. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” Let’s look for God’s good in all things! We have much to talk about and much to do together. I pray, and ask, that we all stay together and grow together as a united congregation during this time of change.

May God’s kingdom come, God’s will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!
Look for news of the search process inside. And with a year’s notice, you all and I have time to meet, talk and pray about all the things, known and unknown, that God is doing among us. Please contact me, I want to spend this time well.

See you in Church! Pastor Nancy Ebner