January 29, 2019
Dear Members and Friends of the Dimondale United Methodist Church:
As Chair of the Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Reverend Steve Weinberger as our interim pastor, effective February 1st. Pastor Weinberger was introduced to our Staff-Parish Relations Chair and Administrative Board Chair by our District Superintendent, Rev. Dr. Jerome (Jerry) DeVine. We are grateful for the gifts and abilities that Pastor Steve will bring to our congregation as the Bishop and Cabinet continue their discernment for our next regular pastor. That will take place no later than July 1, 2019.
Here are a few points of interest about our interim pastor:
Pastor Steve resides in Holt. He has over 40 years of experience in United Methodist ministry. He has covered the state with appointments from Muskegon to Howard City to Indian River. Holt is a central launch point to meeting up with his two children as they live in opposite directions in Caledonia and Oxford. Pastor Steve is excited about this opportunity to serve our congregation and community over this interim period and he is ready to begin!
We will welcome Pastor Weinberger on Sunday, February 3rd. He will bring the message and lead us in celebrating Holy Communion. His primary role during this interim time will be maintaining solid worship and preaching, along with pastoral care. He will be available to church leadership as needed as well.
Please keep Pastor Weinberger in your prayers during this time of transition as we work together “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” We also encourage you to keep Bishop Bard and the Cabinet in prayer as they look to our future appointment.
We trust in God’s amazing grace, the love of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit as we move into the future. May God continue to be with us and call us forward in faith.
In Christ’s Service,
Staff-Parish Relations Chairperson
Dimondale United Methodist Church