Barbara Williams, Council President
Welcoming St. Johannes’ New Pastor
St. Johannes Lutheran Church is celebrating the answer to multiple prayers.
Pastor Alvin G. Shrum was unanimously approved at a July 9 congregational meeting as the new permanent pastor, the first in four years.
St. Johannes has been well served in those intervening years by two interim pastors. Indeed our congregation is showing its admiration and affection for our outgoing interim pastor, the Rev. James Blalock, and his wife, Ida, at a reception on July 30.
Pastor Alvin joins us with impressive credentials and a history of growing church congregations, including attracting younger members. Most recently the pastor of the Cedar Grove Lutheran Church in Leesville, that congregation grew from 156 to over 230 members during his five-year tenure.
Fortunately for St. Johannes, Pastor Shrum and his wife Cathy had previously found the Lowcountry so attractive they were in the process of finishing a second home near Summerville when our Call process began. It wasn’t long before those involved in all levels of the Call Process felt that Pastor Alvin and St. Johannes were the perfect fit.
Pastor Alvin’s first day on the job was Aug. 9 and he was installed by Assistant to the Bishop, Eric Wolf, during his first Sunday Service on August 13. A celebratory brunch followed the service in Gatch Hall. It was a most memorable day for our church.
And as summer winds down, our pace will pick up. On Oct. 1 the congregation will consider amendments to our Constitution and by laws with the aim of reducing the size of church council and the length of council members’ terms in office. If given final approval at the fall congregational meeting in November, the size of Council would go from nine to seven lay members. Council members currently may serve two consecutive three-year terms. That would be reduced to two consecutive two-year terms.
We are also planning a “meet and greet” this fall in the Parsonage garden to further introduce Pastor Shrum and Cathy to our members and our Ansonborough neighborhood.
Theses are exciting times for our church!
Church Council President