August, 2019

Since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, this is the reason that I don’t stop giving thanks to God for you when I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, will give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation that makes God known to you. I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believers, and what is the overwhelming greatness of God’s power that is working among us believers. This power is conferred by the energy of God’s powerful strength. God’s power was at work in Christ when God raised him from the dead and sat him at God’s right side in the heavens, far above every ruler and authority and power and angelic power, any power that might be named not only now but in the future. God put everything under Christ’s feet and made him head of everything in the church, which is his body. His body, the church, is the fullness of Christ, who fills everything in every way.

Ephesians 1:15-23 (CEB)

Grace and peace to you! I am grateful to be serving as your pastor. In this time of getting to know one another and establishing relationships, I am here to love, listen, learn and lead. In my short time with you, I know that an essential part of loving you is laughing with you and the reality is that we will cry together, too.

First, I want to thank you for your grace-filled welcome for me as well as my family. A special thank you to the choir for singing the song “Home” to welcome me home to Salem. Thank you to each one for stopping by, sending cards, sharing gifts and for keeping us in your prayers. The lunch on our first Sunday together was terrific. The picture of the church with everyone’s name is now hanging in my study so I can see it while I am working.

I am grateful for Pastor Fred’s gracious welcome and the many ways he has made this transition much easier both for me and our church family. We deeply appreciate his leadership and pastoral care during a most challenging time. I feel Pastor Jay’s loving presence and I am grateful for his witness and ministry. I am honored and grateful that Chris would gift me with a stole she made for him. She has been generous in sharing things that will be of use to me and I want to express my loving gratitude.

The scripture from Ephesians was the focus of my second sermon, “Opening Our Hearts.” I have been praying that God will open my heart to you and you will open your hearts to me. Most importantly, I pray that together we will open our hearts for the fullness of God’s blessing. I believe that God has much in store for us! We open our hearts to new beginnings with thanksgiving and joy.

I look forward to getting to know you and our community. We are planning a series of opportunities for me to meet you informally in small groups in people’s homes and at the church. Judy is putting together the schedule for “Sweets with Stacey.” Please contact her for more information (

If you need to contact me, please feel free to call/text my cell phone: (410) 627-1944. I am usually in the church office Monday through Thursday (for part of the day depending on my schedule). My email is Also, I am on Facebook and would be happy to accept a friend request from you, if you so choose (no pressure). Please let me know if you would like me to schedule a visit or appointment with you.

We continue to pray for one another and for the mission of our congregation. May God bless us and move us forward on our shared journey of faith and witness.

God’s Peace,


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