May 23, 2018
Dear Friends and Members of Fellowship Church,
This past Sunday we celebrated Pentecost, the arrival of the Holy Spirit, and the birth of the church. The early chapters of Acts demonstrate how the Spirit’s action invites change and vibrancy in the new community of believers. This letter is one more word of the Spirit’s action, which invites our prayer and consideration.
On Sunday we heard from Search Team chair, Kristin Garris, that the Search Team would not be presenting a final candidate. We are so thankful for their work and the clarity they experienced, even though it was not the outcome that was expected. The Ministry Leadership Council (MLC) met Monday night to begin reviewing possible options for moving forward. For the next two weeks we join them in prayer for discernment before their special meeting on June 4.
This past week also brought another movement of the Spirit. After nearly 11 years of faithful service, Jordan Clegg is leaving Fellowship to begin a new chapter as Director of Worship Arts at First Reformed Church of Zeeland. Jordan has been a valued member of our team and congregation, leading the worship team, forming the Artist’s Cohort, and planning (by our count) over 1,000 worship services! We are also thankful for Anne’s presence among us. She has served our congregation faithfully as a member of the worship team, a CLC elder, and a leader in our Colossian Way series. They will both be missed, but we are excited about what God has in store for them in this next chapter.
Jordan will conclude his work at Fellowship on June 10. Following the 10am worship, please join us for a celebration in the Atrium. You are invited to write a card or note of gratitude and encouragement and drop it off at the office or the Welcome Center. We would also like to gather a love offering and present it to Jordan on June 10. You can make a contribution by check or online at www.fellowshipreformed.org/give (please indicate Love offering for Jordan).
In the coming weeks, the Transition Leadership Team (Nate Schipper, Lindsay Small, Steve Braunius, Rodger Price, and Barb Eriks) will be working with the HR team and MLC to identify how best to fill this position for the coming months in order to have time to review the job responsibilities and search for a permanent worship leader.
We covet your continued prayers as we move through this season. We have seen the Spirit moving through this past chapter at Fellowship, and are confident the Spirit will continue to guide and direct us through this next chapter. God is faithful...all the time!
Pastor Nate, Pastor Lindsay, and Steve Braunius
Letter from Jordan Clegg:
I’m writing to you with the news that I have recently accepted a position as Director of Worship Arts at First Reformed Church in Zeeland. My final Sunday at Fellowship will be June 10. Fellowship has been our church home for nearly eleven years now, so while there are many things about this new position that I am excited about, this was a difficult decision for Anne and me to make.
As I look back over ten years of ministry, I continue to be both amazed and grateful that a church of Fellowship’s size took a chance on a 23 year-old, soon-to-be-married, not-yet-college-graduate for such a position in the church. Though I didn’t yet know who I was as an adult, and certainly did not know what kind of worship leader I wanted to be, Fellowship raised me into the worship leader and disciple that I am today. You have also fulfilled the promises we make in baptism by being a true church family to us. You supported me when I decided to pursue a Masters degree and cheered me on as I experimented with what I was learning. You cared for both me and Anne with your prayers and presence when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. And while we always strive for excellence, you taught me that perfection is not the goal for worship - that it is ok to acknowledge mistakes and move on with the service, and that God delights in laughter.
This past year has been particularly joyful for me. The Artist Cohort completed its third year of creating community for artists, encouraging the development of their gifts, and creating opportunities for artists to bless the congregation. Fellowship’s gifted staff is closer, healthier, and more collaborative than ever. Planning worship with Nate and Lindsay has been meaningful, rewarding, and frankly, really fun. All this makes it harder to leave, but it is comforting to know that my departure is coming at the close of one of the best years I’ve ever had in ministry.
I am excited about this next chapter even as I am deeply grieved to be leaving you. Still, I am confident that God is at work at Fellowship and will continue to shape you into a welcoming, Christ-centered community, seeking to make disciples of all people...and that God will continue to do this transformative work in your worship together.
The peace of Christ be with you,