This is my Pastor's Ponderings article from the May newsletter.
Jesus said, “If one of you wanted to build a tower, wouldn’t you first sit down and calculate the cost, to determine whether you have enough money to complete it? Otherwise, when you have laid the foundation but couldn’t finish the tower, all who see it will begin to belittle you. They will say, ‘Here’s the person who began construction and couldn’t complete it!’ - Luke 14:28-30 (CEB)
If you are going to do something new, or starting on a new venture, it makes sense to see how things are. So, I wanted to see if we were still on the same page. In August, I will have been the pastor at Our Savior’s and Emmanuel for five years. I know what were the priorities when I arrived, I wanted to see if they have changed, and if our friends at Nazareth were of a similar mindset. So I asked for your thoughts in the form of a survey. The results are here, and have been shared with the Joint Council. Here are my thoughts.
First, thank you for the nice things you said about me.
I view this as saying you have three priorities:
The first priority of being supportive and welcoming is something that I can help with, but is really up to you. I can be an example, but you, as individuals and as the collective Body of Christ, can provide more support and welcome more people than I can. We are called to love and care for one another, and we can always do more. I encourage and applaud the realization that we all have room for improvement in this area.
As for the areas you said I can do better in, I am trying to be more consistent with visiting our members who can’t get out as much as they would like. As we join with Nazareth, I am going to need help in several areas, but visitations is one that I have shared with the councils I will need help. More information will be coming, but I have heard you and will strive to do better.
Some people also think I should call people by name during services. I will be honest. I would like to, but I am afraid I will either get someone’s name wrong, or panic and have my mind go totally blank.
Thanks for your honest and constructive feedback. It will help as we go forward.
Be in harmony with each other, and live in peace,
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer;
and by night, but find no rest.
from Psalm 22
My mind and heart are heavy with grief this morning. Nine people are dead in Charleston, South Carolina - executed during a Bible study at Emmanuel AME Church. I do not want to believe that someone would want to commit this act of terror. The more details that come out, the more I can not understand where this destructive hate comes from.
I had planned on posting today to share Pope Francis' encyclical letter on the environment, Laudato Si (Praise to you.) The Pope lays out his case for how we are responsible for the damage to our planet and what we can do to address these issues. You can download it below. I have also included a study from the ELCA on awakening God's call to Earthkeeping.
But you, O LORD, do not be far away!
O my help, come quickly to my aid!
Deliver my soul from the sword,
my life from the power of the dog!
Save me from the mouth of the lion!
From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me.
from Psalm 22
Edited - June 18- 8:25 pm
ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton released a statement on the papal encyclical, which I have added to the downloads.
Bishop Hoyme is proud of how generous Our Savior's and Emmanuel have been to "let" me wear a Packers' jersey.
I was born in Saginaw, Michigan to Robert and Charlotte Campbell. I was their only child. Dad (Bob) worked for Chevrolet as a set-up man and supervised a series of machines that made disc brakes. Mom (Charlotte) was the librarian at the elementary I went to school.
I graduated from Saginaw High School and attended Alma College, and graduated from Alma with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. I worked for seventeen years for the Saginaw Public Schools in the Community Education Department coordinating after school activities, youth sports, academic competitions and summer recreation.
I felt the call to ministry, left Saginaw and attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. I graduated from there in May of 2011 with a Master's degree in Divinity, and was assigned to the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin. I was ordained and called to serve Our Savior's and Emmanuel in August of 2011.
I am a dedicated fan of the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, and despite the efforts of the good people of Wisconsin, the Detroit Lions.
I am also the proud butler to Ananias, the bulldogge. Ananias writes a column in the parish newsletter and destroys toys with alarming speed.
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Pastor Brian Robert Campbell has served at Our Savior's and Emmanuel since August 1, 2011, and began serving Nazareth on December 1, 2015.
Pastor Brian is originally from Saginaw, Michigan. He graduated from Alma College with a B.A. in Business Administration, and worked for the Saginaw Public Schools' Community Education Department for 17 years before answering the call to ministry. He graduated with a M. Div. from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 2011. ONE in Christ Lutheran Parish is his first call.
He is the only child of Robert and Charlotte Campbell, both who have entered the Church Eternal.
He is accompanied in ministry by his faithful bulldogge Ananias, who regularly writes for our newsletter. His articles are archived here.
He is a fan of sports teams from his native Michigan, especially the Tigers and the Lions. But we tolerate him despite that.
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