Transition Update for September 1

Hi there, church family.

This update will be brief this week: obviously, the biggest developments have been the health challenges of our staff. Pastor Levi’s experience with breathing difficulties, and the early arrival of baby Maisie Schmaling for Beth and Pastor Marcus. We encourage you to continue to pray. Not only are those stories dramatic — it also means that our healthy staff, including interim pastor Garth Walker, remain quite stretched in this remarkable season.

These events last week prompted us to call our community into a day of fasting and prayer. Thank you to all who participated and responded.

We are very encouraged in our search for a transition pastor. While it’s not time to share names yet, please know that the interviews, reference checks and related conversations are very promising. We would love your prayers as we discern the right choice, in bringing somebody in who can connect well with our congregation and staff, and bring the healthy vision and energy our community needs for this season. More crucially, that our transitional leader would bring a sensitivity and reliance on God’s leading during this remarkable time.

(We’ve received no new correspondence in our transition inbox this week, so there are no “replies” to add today: but feel free to send us a note to, and we’ll post the answer here!)

May you continue to care deeply for those in your life whom God has placed you alongside. Please know that He is building his church, and our call is to serve with love those around us.