From Pastor's Desk at St. Peter's Chester Springs
Pastor Ronald P. Wesemann
It might be wrong to say, but St. Peter’s is running like a well-oiled machine. Things really get done and it is not the Pastor doing it. We have a Council that makes decisions, Committees that accomplish real goals. I look around at the church property and I see lots of improvements, some safety related and others simply improvements. Our Sunday School just seems to be getting bigger and better. Our worship opportunities are creative, reverent and inspiring. Some of the credit for this also goes to our Music Director, Gabriel Rebolla who leads our Adult, Bell and Children’s choirs. Our Outreach program is growing and reaching out to help people locally and around the world. Our Fellowship Committee is planning and setting up some fun programs and a lot of good eating. Our Stewardship and Finance Committees are working hard to teach our church members about responsibility for the care of St. Peter’s and our financial situation is improving. And finally our Evangelism Committee is finding new and better ways to share the word of St. Peter’s ministry and Jesus’ love. I sometimes feel that I am needed simply to help steer the ship and settle occasional minor disputes. On top of the well-oiled machine that our Church is becoming, we are seeing more and more people attending worship services and more and more people interested in joining our church. In the first three months of 2013 we have received two new families and celebrated a baptism (with a couple more being planned).
St. Peter’s is not heaven. The Church knows that it needs to grow in membership and encourage more support from a higher percentage of our membership. While we are growing, the majority of the support and labor is done by about a third of the congregation. This means that we risk burning out some of our most faithful members and that we will continue to, at times, struggle to cover our current expenses from our regular offerings.
Good and not-so-good, St. Peter’s is a congregation worth getting to know. It is a place where you will find faithful Christians and the Spirit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray that you will come out some Sunday and join us in worship. May God’s peace be with you!
Rev. Ronald P. Wesemann