May God bless us all as this church undergoes yet another transition and looks to the future that God has planned! I am Pastor Barb Hunter, sent to you by Bishop Rinehart through Bishop Gordy of the Southeastern Synod (Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee). There were a lot of phone calls! Many thanks to Rev. Brashears from your synod office and to Ed Dusang and your Church Council for making arrangements for me to get here! I will be with you for the next six months if needed. My husband, John, and I live in Long Beach, Mississippi, one of the many coastal towns before Biloxi, the well-known center for shrimping and casinos! I have served three congregations as their full-time pastor, then retired in 2012 and went on to serve three congregations as interim pastor, including an Episcopal church, for a year or so each. John and I are from Detroit originally, lived in D.C. briefly and three different areas of Indiana before moving to Mississippi in 1999 to serve Grace Lutheran Church in Long Beach. We have two adult children who live in two different states and two grandchildren, along with two cats. John is a retired nurse. We love this area of the South and are looking forward to seeing more of New Orleans (when it cools down and we grow more familiar with the streets!) My plan is to be with you from Wednesday
afternoons through Sunday after worship when I will return to Long Beach. My cell phone number is 228806-2618. I will be in the office from 9 AM - Noon Thursday thru Saturday, making hospital/home calls in the afternoon. Feel free to call me for an appointment! This is an amazing church facility with so much room for activities, attractive grounds, a beautiful sanctuary, and a preschool that serves the community exceedingly well! You have been blessed with such talented musicians who obviously love praising the Lord with music! Now to choose a pastor who will love you, teach you, energize you and help you to be a witness to all that God has done for you and for all the world. All these changes are never easy, but that is life. The world has changed dramatically since most of us were born. There is fear, anger and worry all around us. What can we offer to those in need, those new to our community and our country, those who are lost and in pain? Pray for the work of the Call Committee and for the candidates as many decisions must be made, many leaps of faith. Remember that we are to be a people of hope because God watches over us and God knows our every need.

“Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Pastor Barb