First Reformed Church of Zeeland
By Julie Chen
One of my favorite parts of the Christmas story happens in Luke 2:19, after the shepherds visit the newborn Jesus and after some of the commotion and excitement surrounding Jesus’ birth calms down: “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Mary must have been exhausted, overwhelmed, and emotional, so she takes a quiet moment to herself to reflect on what just happened. I think that I like this verse so much because I can relate to Mary in her need to pause and reflect. During this time of transition, it is important for us to take some time, like Mary, to ponder what God has done and is still doing.
As the Administrative Consistory and the Study Team are casting vision for the future and dreaming of how God will use this church in the years to come, let’s take some time to reflect on God’s faithfulness in the life of First Church. With Pastor Scott’s retirement approaching, consider some of the ways that God has used Pastor Scott throughout his ministry here at First and how his ministry has impacted you personally.
The Memory Wall near the office is designed to help us ponder and reflect; please take a few minutes to read what others have written and to add your own memories. The memories that you write about don’t need to be monumental events; sometimes the small, ordinary things are what leave the most impact! At the Information Desk you will see a box where you can drop off your RSVP and memory pages for Pastor Scott’s retirement party. Thank you for your participation as we remember God’s faithfulness during this transition and as we thank Pastor Scott and Cyndy for their ministry!