Beloved of Concordia,
I am excited to be joining you beginning August 15, 2021. I will begin to lead worship with you on August 22, 2021.
My husband Craig and I just celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary on July 30. We sold our house in Fall River April 15. Gave most furniture to Habitat Restore put the ‘keep’ pile in storage and are now camping on our property between Hillsboro and Elroy. We are trying to have a house built…it has been challenging to say the least, a huge test of patience and a lot of prayer.
I am an avid gardener of vegetables and flowers (Gloria’s is my favorite flower place). We have a small garden which the zucchini’s have infiltrated every meal we eat, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Next it is going to be the tomatoes. This year is a first for trying potatoes…stay tuned.
We are crazy pet people. We have two Golden Retrievers, Jackson 3 years old and Finnegan 12 weeks old, one antique dog Charlie who is a teddy bear bred and one rescued cat we call Kitten.
I am currently a student in the Spiritual Direction program through Siena Retreat Center in Caledonia, WI and will continue with those studies. That requires one weekend a month that I will be gone.
In my short stint with retirement (12.31.2020) I reacquainted myself with my sewing machine making a quilt for my new granddaughter Eleanor Leigh who is almost 7 months old. She lives with her parents: Jon and Amanda (my daughter) in Asheville, NC. I have enjoyed two trips and another scheduled in October for a week.
Craig’s daughter, Taryn and husband Doug and son Henry live in California.
I am also a Stephen Leader/Minister. I have lead VIM trips to Sager Brown in Louisiana and to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center.I love ecumenical ministry and community meals and missions.
As of today, Craig will be around sporadically while he oversees the construction of our house.
It will be the two older pets and I in the parsonage. This separation is not new to us as we did it while I was going to seminary in Dubuque Monday – Thursday, 15 years ago. This time will be easier for Craig, no teenager to keep tabs on!
I look forward to meeting you all in the weeks ahead. Please tell me your name for a while till I get it memorized.
Please add Craig and I, plus house project to your prayers. As I have already been praying for you.
The book I just finished reading was by John Philip Newell “The Rebirthing of God ~ Christianity’s struggle for New Beginnings”. I find that phrase “Christianity’s struggle for new beginnings” needs a good amount of thought. I invite you to ponder it.
My scripture passage for the year is John 8:12 from The Voice translation.
12 On another occasion, Jesus spoke to the crowds again.
Jesus: I am the light that shines through the cosmos; if you walk with Me, you will thrive in the nourishing light that gives life and will not know darkness.
This passage was part of my discernment to say “YES” to joining you. Will you join me in following the light so that we can thrive in the new beginnings, the new nourishing life?
This is my closing benediction of worship from my favorite devotional
Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson Hargrove and Enuma Okoro
May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;
may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;
may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;
may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.
Pastor Kimberly (Kim) Brumm