Pastor Martha Schwehn Bardwell as OSLC Lead Pastor

Praise God!

Friends in Christ, I am absolutely overjoyed to be called as your lead pastor! You have nurtured me in so many ways, from the time I was a seminary student in your midst right up to the present day. You have inspired and challenged me through your faithful witness, your probing questions, your commitment to ongoing learning and becoming, your willingness to speak the truth in love, your deep care for one another, and your passion for justice. I love this congregation, and I trust that the Spirit is at work among us in countless ways. I look forward to listening for Her with all of you as She calls us in fresh ways to be the people of God here and now. 

One of the things I have learned from all of you is how to be generous. From the witness of our beloved ever-giving Judy Halverson now resting with the saints in light, to the witness of our littlest ones who eagerly drop coins into the noisy offering, I have been inspired by your joyful and faithful giving. It is with deep gratitude that I accept your gift of some time to rest and re-set as I transition into the lead pastor role at Our Saviour’s. Thank you, thank you, for your generosity and trust.

Blessings as you step into fall together and embrace our new worship and faith formation schedule. Please extend your marvelous generosity to Pastor Ben as he serves as the sole pastor through September. I will keep Pastor Ben, Mary, and all of you in my prayers over this month away, and I look forward to seeing you all again for a wonderful feast day on October 2!