From the Pastor's Desk

June 2017

Dear Members and Friends of the Altamont Reformed Church,

As June begins, I’m reminded of a song from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical, “Carousel.” That song, “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” begins: “March went out like a lion, A whippin’ up the water in the bay.
Then April cried and stepped aside, And along come pretty little May! May was full of promises, But she didn't keep 'em quickly enough for some. And a crowd of doubtin' Thomas's Was predictin' that the summer'd never come.” But the response was: “But it's comin’, by gum; we can feel it come. You can feel it in your heart; you can see it in the ground; you can see it in the trees; you can smell it in the breeze.”

In some ways, I’m sure that some, if not many, of you may have felt that way about the calling of
a new pastor for the church. It was nearly two and a half years ago that Pastor Luidens announced that he
would be retiring at the end of 2015 and that began the "Transition Process!" During Bob’s final year,
steps were begun to prepare for the hiring of a new pastor, one of which was arranging for the services of
an “interim” or “transition” minister to work with you through the process of preparing for and calling a
new pastor. And I’ve been honored to have the opportunity to serve you in that capacity for the last
seventeen months.

The great news is that the Search Committee has presented a candidate to the Consistory and an
invitation has been extended to have that individual meet the members of the congregation and lead
worship on June 4. Some have asked why the candidate’s name hasn’t been published and when your new pastor will begin and I’ll try to answer those questions. The candidate’s name isn’t published or announced until the day they come to meet the congregation and lead worship because she/he may still be serving in a church and that congregation may not yet know that their pastor is considering another position. It’s much like any other situation where an individual is considering a job change. You don’t generally tell your current
employer until you are sure you have a new position.

That leads to when your new pastor will begin. The process goes like this: 1) the candidate meets
the congregation and leads worship; 2) the congregation holds a congregational meeting where the
congregation is given an opportunity to indicate their support of the Consistory extending a call to the
candidate; 3) the Consistory meets to vote to extend a call to the candidate, taking the congregation’s
advisory vote into consideration; 4) the call is submitted to the Classis of Schenectady for approval; 5) the
call is ‘officially’ extended to the candidate; 6) the candidate considers and accepts the call and informs
his/her congregation of the intent to dissolve that pastoral relationship; 7) arrangements are made for the
candidate and his/her family to move to Altamont; 8) the candidate and family arrive in Altamont; 9) the
Consistory and candidate arrange with the Classis of Schenectady for a service of installation; and finally,
10) your new pastor is installed and officially begins his/her ministry!

When will your new pastor begin? Although it may sound like a complicated procedure, it’s possible
that your new pastor may begin in as little as six to eight weeks after meeting the congregation and
preaching their candidating sermon. However, there are various factors that may cause the process to take
a bit longer. Every situation is unique!

As I noted last month, my contract as your specialized transition minister concludes on June 30 and my last Sunday with you will be June 25. It has been a privilege to serve you these last seventeen months and I pray God’s blessings on each and every one of you and the entire congregation as you enter the next stage – the final stage – of the transition process: welcoming your new pastor and initiating the next steps in the long history of the ministry of the Altamont Reformed Church to the village and citizens of Altamont and the surrounding area.

May God bless you all, now and always!

Yours in Christ,

 

Rev. Roger A. Krutz