St Peters UCC Grant Park, IL






It was a long time ago – 19 months – when I arrived in Grant Park, kitties crying all the way. Sinatra ran over the Rainbow Bridge in April of this year after having developed bladder cancer. But Miss Pickles came to live with us in June so the void left by Sinatra was filled.

There are voids that can never be filled save by God’s love! In those 19 months we said goodbye to 13 loved ones ….. and we said hello to 11babies! With the babies came New Members: 16, including 4 Confirmands.

The Interim Task Force took seriously the process laid before us through the Intentional Interim Network, a national organization that provides training for clergy and that studies churches in transition. We processed and presented the 5 Developmental Tasks of the Interim period: Local Church History, Developing a New Identity, Developing New Leadership, Renewing Denominational Linkages, Developing New Directions in Ministry.

Many, many visits with members of this congregation, old and new, hours of teaching and preaching, developing a variety of worship experiences to help stretch you and prepare the congregation for whatever a new minister might want and need to lead this church into the future God has planned for you, all extended to you for personal and communal spiritual growth.

As usual, many embraced the newness, but some, not so much. That is to be expected. I know how hard it is to learn to do new things especially in worship! I can guarantee that Pastor Kyle will bring you even newer ways to worship and engaging the Scriptures! It is my hope that you will embrace the gifts he brings to you for your growth.

It has been a challenging 19 months for us all, but God has smiled upon you in ways that you have yet to realize! The Cluster area clergy have seen Pastor Kyle’s picture and are ready to welcome him when he and his family join you.

Know that you will be in my prayers as you move forward!


Pastor Jan