Christmas 1 – December 26, 2021
First Taiwanese has been through a lot. Their pastor of the last four years, Pastor Philip Chang retired. The Council of four people tried unsuccessfully to change the language from Taiwanese to Mandarin, then resigned. Earlier this year they had $63,000 of damage in the February winter freeze.
This Sunday, however, spirits were high. They have come through it all, and things have settled down. They were thankful for the help of Pastor Chris Markert and the synod. Pastor Ele Clay stepped in for the interim. And now, former Pastor Jeremy Shih, also Taiwanese, has retired and recently returned to Houston from his last call in Seattle. He is willing to help them discern the way forward.
This Sunday, I was delighted to preach. The sermon, which I had sent to the translator, Lee Cheng, changed suddenly with the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, but he was good-spirited about it and the people knew Tutu’s name and legacy.