The First Tuesday Lunch Bunch met for lunch at Chris’ BAR BQ on Acton Road on January 8th at 1:00 pm. There were twenty-six Retired Clergy and spouses present. We sent cards to several retirees in the Conference family.
Each month in 2013 we will have a young pastor serving in the No Al Conference as a special guest to keep us informed on ideas, events and programs going on during the year. The Rev. Wade Griffith, pastor of Liberty Crossings UMC, spoke to us about how valuable our years of experience are to others, and the various ways we can share with others through social media. He suggested that each of us create a blog using our meditations, sermons, and/or teachings to be posted on the internet for others to read and be inspired by. Blogging can be done easily and without charge and can be either typed or posted as audio files. You can just type “free blogging” in your search engine to find a list of web sites that offer free space for your blog. Wade even volunteered to come to our homes to instruct us on our computers, if we needed it! Contact him at email@example.com or (205) 951-7707. Once you begin to post your blog, you can use Facebook or Twitter to refer to your blog site, or better still have others post a reference to the site on their Facebook or Twitter pages.
We were also welcomed Rev. Don Neal who brought us greetings from the Board of Superannuate Homes. He told us that we now have full occupancy of all inhabitable homes. Two homes need repairs before they can be occupied.
He also informed us that Bishop Wallace-Padgett and cabinet are instating a program for interim pastors. I first learned of this program eight years ago from Bishop Williman, but he told me we did not have it available in North Alabama. Bishop Wallace-Padgett is implementing the program with training sessions this year. The first will be this spring when a leader/leaders will be brought in from the Jurisdiction and the second will be in the fall. When a pastor has completed both sessions he/she will be certified as an “Interim Pastor” and open to temporary appointment of six months to two years in a troubled church. District Superintendants will be recommending retired clergy to attend these sessions.
Our lunch was an excellent time of fellowship, food and exchange of ideas. You may obtain more information on this group and meeting times and places from Betty Gunn 950-9392 or Joree Vance 824-8184.