A couple of weeks ago, I sent a note to my congregation that I would be leaving at the end of the year. First Presbyterian of Elizabethton is a cool congregation and it is difficult to leave. But there comes a time when it is time. I had to announce we would be moving before it was a done deal so we could sell the house. A contract has been signed on that (fingers crossed).
Over the weekend I preached and passed the audition. The congregation voted 144 to one (there is always one) to extend a call and I accepted said call to be the pastor of Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, Oregon. I begin January 1, 2015.
I will do my best to Keep Portland Weird.
I have been asked a number of times whether or not Religion For Life will stay on the air. Wayne Winkler at WETS wants that to happen and will continue to air the show if I can get it done. The folks at Southminster want me to do it as well and so I will be checking out possibilities in Portland. Perhaps a community station will work with me on this.
Many books need new owners. I am having a super colossal book sale November 15th and 16th at the church. Half the proceeds will go to the First Presbyterian of Elizabethton Youth.
This is a great opportunity for a seminary student or minister to add to their library.
Barth's complete Church Dogmatics, for sale.
Calvin's commentaries, for sale,
The whole Nicene, pre-Nicene, ante-Nicene Fathers collection, for sale.
That is the tip of the iceberg.
Plus hundreds of books $1 paperback, $2 hardback, or less. Other paperbacks for a couple of bucks a bag. Lots of literature--my Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, Tom Robbins collections, ready for your shelf. Plus children's books, dvds, vinyl records (need some classic rock on vinyl?) Make an offer. This stuff is not leaving Tennessee. Unsold books will be donated to various libraries.
Here are the details:
Book Sale: FPC Elizabethton
Saturday, November 15, 8-5.
Sunday, November 16, noon to three.
The following weekend we are having a moving sale at our house.
Moving Sale: 3 Fairway Court, Johnson City.
Saturday, November 22, 8-5.
Furniture, tools, lawn care stuff, a bowflex (!) (My chiseled physique is all the inspiration you need to get there early in the morning to grab that!)
With that image etched uncomfortably in your mind, I bid you well.