You will see that United Parish of Lenora and First Congregational Church in Stockton are listed as Churches in Transition. This happens when a pastor accepts a call to serve another congregation and Rev. Blair Kirkpatrick who serves both of these congregations has accepted a call to serve a in congregation in South Dakota. Blair has served United Parish in Lenora, Kansas since 2013 and began serving both congregations in 2016. Blair will end his service in KO at the end of this year and relocate to First Congregational Church in Aberdeen South Dakota in January 2020 when it is sure to be warm and sunny. Blessings to Blair in this time of transition to the new ministry and congregation that awaits him; we give thanks for the ways he has been among us and the lives he has touched during his time in Kansas-Oklahoma.
We welcome Rev. Bob Colerick who is now serving Friedens’ UCC in Bern, KS. Bob, whom some met at Annual Meeting, is a Disciples pastor who has served many congregations in Kansas, Missouri and Texas. Since his formal retirement Bob has served as interim in congregations primarily in the Kansas City area and is delighted to have the opportunity to serve with the people of Friedens and the KO Conference.