I am deeply touched by the affirmation I have felt since being offered the position as your pastor. I am excited to begin our journey and humbled by your gracious reception. The candidacy weekend was truly a memorable experience in many ways, but especially because God spoke loudly and clearly to me. I enjoyed interacting with all of the children, youth, and adults who came to the open house on Saturday. I am not quite sure what Karma, my dog, thought about being at the open house, but my family sure enjoyed being welcomed so well. Leading worship that Sunday was difficult because I just wanted to soak up God’s Spirit and the talents so many people were graciously sharing. After the congregational vote, when I was called back into the sanctuary amidst the applause and joyful faces, God’s Spirit filled my soul and touched me as deeply as when I was ordained. I knew exactly whose I am and where I am meant to be. After more than a year of uncertainty, it feels so good to be grounded and knowing without a doubt what God wants me to do. I am proud of you for the journey you have taken on this past year and I am thankful for Pastor Jennifer’s leadership, as well as that of other previous pastors. I look forward to getting to know you better and journeying in faith with you as we embark on a Pilgrim quest for living out God’s love in traditional and new ways.
Following a joyous worship celebration of World Communion Sunday on October 2, the congregation of Pilgrim Congregational Church of Duluth, United Church of Christ, voted overwhelmingly to approve the call of the Rev. Dr. Karen Schuder as their Pastor and Teacher.
Rev. Schuder begins her duties the last week of October, with her first Sunday leading worship on October 30.
In addition to creative worship leadership, gifted preaching, a compassionate heart and sharp mind, Rev. Schuder brings skills and experience particularly suited to Pilgrim Church in its current season of new vitality. She will work with a Coordinating Team to design and carry out a vision discernment process in 2017, as the church marks one hundred years of faithful service and worship from its present East Fourth Street locale.
More information about the Rev. Dr. Schuder will be posted in “Our Staff” under the “Connect” menu as she begins her ministry with the congregation in the coming weeks.
Pilgrim Congregational Church of Duluth, United Church of Christ, welcomes its new minister, the Rev. Dr. Karen Schuder!