Tuesday, May 15, 2007

This Space Reserved

Next Sunday, May 20th, the announcement will be made in a congregation of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church that I will be their new Senior Pastor. This space is reserved for me to tell you about the church after that announcement is made.

This is what I can tell you: I, and my family, are very excited. I hope to stay at this church for a long time; I retire in 20-25 years. I wonder if they'll let me stay that long?

My family visited the church last Saturday and got a tour of the parsonage. Afterwards the Staff-Parish Relations Committee had a cookout and pool party to get to know the better half of the Higgins family a little better. Afterwards my wife said, "We are going to fit in there so well!" She loved the people she met, and they made her feel welcome.

So, in a few days I can tell you more about the church. And if you're not doing anything on the 26th of August, come worship with us! That will be (Lord willing) my first Sunday.

12 Comments:

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Sarge Charlie said...

Sir I copied your post SOLDIERS and published it on my site, stop by for a visit when you can.

 
At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Brad Hulsey said...

It will be my honor and privilege to make the announcement this coming Sunday. We are thrilled to have you coming as our new senior pastor, and to have you, your wife and children joining in our church family.

God bless -- we are praying for you. Oh, by the way, 20-25 years sounds just great!

 
At 8:19 PM, Blogger Ron Simpson said...

Military Chaplains have a hard job, and one that is much under appreciated by the public. Reserve Chaplains have it even harder. Two flocks in very separate environments that tend to take time from the other. Plus soldiers are a bit different from civilians. You all have my respect.

 
At 11:35 AM, Blogger Scoot said...

I'll be in that congregation listening to the announcement. We are all obviously sad to see our current Pastor leave, but we are very excited as we await your arrival. When I discovered your blog a few weeks ago, it inspired me to create one as well. There's not much there yet, but check it out and you can see a few pictures of our youth with more to come.Be safe and thanks for being there for our troops!

http://scootsblog.blogspot.com/

Scott Jones

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger Margaret said...

I think 20-25 years is an adequate time frame. It's happened before!

 
At 10:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jim

You will soon need to change that emphatic comment in your profile about where you serve state-side. Welcome to the burbs! :-)

Janet Huffman

 
At 2:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jim,

I'm a final year student at Bournemouth university in the UK and I'm writing a dissertation on Milblogs. I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions about the subject?

Kind Regards, Andy (andygattica@yahoo.co.uk)

 
At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations ! on your appointment to McEachern. My son Patrick was excited to hear your son has an interest in music. I encourage both of your twins to join our youth choir and consider the McEachern Chorus and or McEachern Band progams at the school. I think they are the some the best in the country. Should they want further information please feel free to contact me at gary1361@bellsouth.net

Yours in Christ ,
Gary Teate and Patrick Teate(404-408-9963)Class of 2009 b.t.e.c

 
At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Ann said...

Congratulations on your new post!

Please know that you have the thanks and gratitude of millions of Americans -- your service is appreciated.

My family and I volunteer with Operation Gratitude -- www.opgratitude.com -- and we hope you'll sign yourself up to receive one of the care packages that will start going out Memorial Day weekend. (And please tell the soldiers you work with to sign up, too!)

God bless you!

 
At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Jim's new congregation: You are getting one of the finest pastors that I know, and one of the greatest men I know! --COL Chaplain Tommy W. Smith, U.S. Army, retired.

 
At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to Marietta! We'll be glad to have you as neighbors.

Pat & Carol McBride

 
At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jim,

We can only imagine what your life has been like in Iraq. We cannot wait to meet you and learn about God's activity in your life and the lives of those with whom you are you now are serving. Please let your fellow soldiers know that we think of you all constantly and pray for your safe return.

Butch and Teresa McDaniel (MMUMC)

 

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