Mike and his wife, Dot were born and raised as Kentuckians and are graduates of Western Kentucky University. They have three adult children and four grandsons. Their daughter and her family live in Lexington and they have recently moved here to be near them.
The Presbyterian Church USA is a full communion partner with the ELCA, and this placement was discussed and supported by both our I-K Synod Bishop Bill Gafkjen and the General Presbyter Rev. Philip Lotspeich of the Transylvania Presbytery.
A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR MIKE:
This year Pentecost falls on June 5, marking the end date of the 50 days of Easter. Many people professing the Christian faith will not give this season & date much emphasis, but we will celebrate the gift of the “Holy Spirit descending in a mighty rush of wind and flame on each of them.”
The whole story in short is recorded in Acts 2:1-13. Just as we read the story & celebrate Christ’s birth and read & celebrate the story of Christ’s Resurrection, we now read & celebrate the birth of Christ’s Church.
It’s through the presence and work of the Holy Spirit that God empowers His mission and ministry in the world. So, the unseen power of God is moving into a New Creation, His Church. Does this thought—of how closely God works in and through each of us—get us to thinking more deeply?
The small newborn church then and the widespread church of today are witnesses to the mighty works of God. Yet at times, we wonder if we really have what it takes to experience that birth of spirit given to the tiny group on that Day of Pentecost. Maybe it is time that we re-read the Story of that day on Pentecost—which we will do on this coming Sunday—and pray that we will be witness to the Good News of Christ continually.
When we allow for the gift of the Spirit within us, we join with others in a Spirit-filled community of faith. We then begin to see where we can make a difference in a hurting world. The need for compassionate Love is every-where. It is our choice, with God’s help, that we journey into His mission.
May we be as in the African-American Spiritual: “Every time I feel the spirit, I will pray…”? Let us pray that we allow that spirit into our individual lives and that we join in that spirit as a congregation.
In His Peace, Pastor Mike