The Reverend Christy Clore, our Director of Christian Education, has accepted a call and a contract has been approved for her to serve as the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Reidsville, NC. This is a designated intentional interim position, so she will be helping this congregation transition from their retiring pastor while helping them move through a period of discernment for their future ministry. Christy is not leaving the Moravian Church, she is serving “on loan” from the Southern Province to the Presbyterian Church.
After feeling led to pursue training in transitional or intentional interim ministry, she has been seeking opportunities to serve as either an intentional interim or installed pastor. As an ordained pastor, she was granted permission from the Provincial Elders Conference to seek opportunities in Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations through our covenant partnership. Just as many of you remember the Reverend Joel Long who served with us, a number of other Presbyterian pastors have served Moravian congregations. Salem Presbytery is eager for the exchange to move the other direction and Christy brings collegial connections in both the transitional and educational ministries of both denominations to this relationship.
Christy’s last day serving the New Philadelphia congregation will be Sunday, February 19 and she will be delivering the sermon for the day. We will also be celebrating our Preschool Program during the 11:10 Worship. She will begin her ministry with First Reidsville on Sunday, February 26 so that she may begin the Lenten season with them.
To thank Christy for her service to New Philadelphia, we will be having a reception in her honor during the Sunday School hour on Sunday, February 19. The reception will be in the Fellowship Hall.
If you would like to contribute to a love offering that we are collecting to give to Christy, you can send your contributions to the church office. Please indicate that it is designated for “Christy Clore Love Offering”