God’s Timing, God’s Plans, and God’s Mission

God’s Timing, God’s Plans, and God’s Mission

by Pastor Kurt Ebert on September 01, 2023

1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).

In its own singsong way Ecclesiastes not only talks about the passing seasons and times, but even given us the ebbs and flows of these seasons as we hear these verses read. There is a back-and-forth rhythm in which they express not just the idea, but the reality itself. Too often we feel like we are the little fishing bobber that is floating along not just in a placid and peaceful lake, but we are instead floating along in the rushing swell of a stream that has no shortage of rapids. There may be those places where the waters slow for a bit and allow things to regroup, but soon enough we shall be swept away by another set of rapids for a wild ride.

There have been many changes around here at Calvary over these past several months, especially when it comes to staffing changes. While it may be difficult for many to navigate “new” things in life, we also give thanks for the “new” opportunities God provides through both the individual and the community through these times of transition. God is at work in these in between times. The God who is, who was, and who ever will be is the constant source of presence and peace in each leg of our journey together. May God continue to guide you in his ongoing journey with him and our ongoing journey together. Here are a few updates of some exciting changes that are taking place:

  1. We welcome Barb Sorgius as Calvary's new Adult Ministry Director. Barb and her husband, Steve, have been longtime members of Calvary. Barb looks forward to serving alongside our many faithful volunteers, participants, and guests through our Adult Ministry program. Contact Barb in the church office or at .
  2. We welcome Don Fisher Jr. as Calvary’s new Video Ministry Director, overseeing the streaming and recording of our worship services and other video needs. Don has been a longtime member of Calvary, giving of his time and talents within the areas of communications, graphic design, and many other areas. Contact Don at .
  3. We welcome “Clara” Hyunju Yoo as Calvary’s new Website Administrator, overseeing the content creation and management for our website and other digital media outlets. Clara was a former foreign exchange student at Lutheran High and recently moved back into the area. Contact Clara at .
  4. After training Don and Clara for their roles, Bud Pflug will be stepping away from these roles that he has managed since 2020. He still plans to support Don and Clara through his role as our volunteer Communications Team director. We thank Bud for all the ways that he helps enrich the ministries of Calvary.
  5. Calvary’s leadership has been involved in focused discussions over the past several months regarding Calvary’s long-term staffing needs. We continue to step forward within intention, focus, and reflection as we weigh where God is leading us. The Spiritual Care team will be forming a call committee to explore Calvary’s next steps towards filling the vacant associate pastor position at this time. Please pray for the team along the way, as they continue to evaluate the needs and opportunities of Calvary.

May this truly be a season in which we recognize God’s timing, God’s plans, and God’s mission here at Calvary.

God’s Peace, Pastor Kurt Ebert