We Have Welcomed Reverend Deborah Foster
On Tuesday, February 18th, with open hearts we welcomed Reverend Deb Foster to the Dunbarton-Fairport United Church family. Our period of uncertainty has drawn to a close, having taken the necessary time to assess and prioritize the needs of our congregation, and complete our search for a new minister. In these challenging pandemic times, we are gradually coming to know Reverend Deb, and all that she brings, as she guides and supports us in our spiritual journey together. And Rev. Deb is gradually coming to know us as a community of faith, Dunbarton-Fairport United Church.
Rev. Deb has a diverse background including work as a consultant in organizational development with the government, small business and self employment, and then her years in ministry and continued learning. Her call to ministry has increased her passion for the scriptures and their meaningfulness for today as we hold them in relationship with science - the Book of God's Word and the Book of God's Works. Rev. Deb says she is affectionately known for her shoes, but seriously known for her passion, science and for her funerals. An odd combination perhaps. Together we are learning and growing in faith and she is settling into the church family of Dunbarton-Fairport where we might all find rest, peace and grace for the journey.
While change can be unsettling for some, change brings opportunity for new possibilities. As a community of faith, we will not let go of the old but, rather, we will transition to the new, in a manner that allows us to bring the best parts of ourselves forward. And we do this with God’s guidance, and with the love and support of one another. As the opening paragraph of our United Church creed states, “We are not alone, we live in God’s world. We believe in God, who has created and is creating, who has come in Jesus, the Word made flesh, to reconcile and make new, who works in us and others by the Spirit. We trust in God.”
We continue to look forward to the journey that God has in store for us, together!