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Pastor’s Monthly Newsletter Article

June 2022


“There is a time for everything, and a season

for every activity under the heavens” Ecclesiastes 3:1


Dear Partners in Ministry,


I find myself in a liminal time.  A liminal time is an in-between time, a time between what was and what will be.  It is also described as a time that is on the verge of something new.


I write this newsletter with one good eye, and one not–so-good eye.  For over twenty years, I have needed glasses to see clearly.  Without them, it was not possible to read or see things at a distance.  I had cataract surgery two weeks ago on my left eye.  I can now see pretty clearly through it.  My other eye, however, is to be completed, in a few days.  I am between the time of not seeing clearly - and the time of being able to see clearly without glasses.  I believe that our PLUM congregations are also in a liminal time.


We are in the time between the onset of a pandemic and the end of the pandemic.  We are in the time between one pastor’s retirement and another pastor’s beginning of a call to PLUM.  We are in the time between doing church as we have always done it and the way that church might look in the future.


Liminal time is a time of waiting, and it feels like we are always waiting for something: waiting for a new baby, waiting for a test result, waiting to hear about a new job opportunity, waiting for your wedding or graduation day, waiting for your vacation.   Waiting can be hard.  Waiting can also be an opportunity to pause; to reflect on where we have been and what we have learned; and to dream about what may be possible.  We, the members of PLUM are in a time of waiting.  We are waiting for a new thing to emerge, and while we wait, we reflect and we dream.


PLUM has many things to be excited about this summer.  We welcome Pastor Alexander Sumo to our pastoral team.  There will be opportunities for each congregation to host Pastor Alexander for a coffee hour in order to get to know him better and for him to meet you.  His installation is scheduled for July 30.  Details about the Installation Service will be forthcoming.  The pastors are hosting three Potluck Picnics; June 22, July 28 and August 25.  The locations and details of these gatherings will be posted on the PLUM website and will be sent to each congregation.  Our synod assembly is scheduled for June 16, 17 and 18.


Many of you will be taking some well-earned vacations.  Our prayer is that you have safe travel, that you enjoy your time with family and friends, and that you experience rest and relaxation.


Recently, in our congregations, we asked the question; “What is your dream for your congregation and for PLUM?”  What is your dream?  What are you hoping for?  As we wait for the Lord to reveal our new thing, let us share the prayer of the psalmist:


“Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.  For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.  Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”    Psalm 33:20-22, ESV


Pastor Sue




Pittsburgh Lutheran United Ministries (PLUM), 405 Kennedy Avenue, Duquesne, PA 15110        412-466-7773