A Look Back at the Past Year

During our month of Community Discernment in January, we took the time to practice remembrance. Looking back over the year, we reflected on what we’ve been up to, what changes we’ve made, and what has been keeping Pastor Megan busy!

At Refuge, Pastor Megan engages in ministry by…
-planning worship services
-preaching weekly and planning sermon series, including Vulnerability, Lent in Luke, Easter in Acts, The Summer of Sacraments, Prayer with Richard Rohr, The Prophets: Young and Old, and Becoming Fools with 1 Corinthians
-supporting congregants through prayer and visitation
-mentoring a teenager
-developing the website with Kristen and writing for the discussion page
-organizing and preaching at worship services at Butner Federal Prison
-researching/organizing/leading the Circle of Support with Genesis Home
-developing our children’s formation on Sundays
-leading Support Team meetings
-heading up Refuge communication (i.e. weekly email/website)

Pastor Megan believes that faithfulness to God’s call to the pastoral office extends beyond the life and ministry of the church and into the larger Durham community. She is challenged and encouraged by John Wesley’s famous statement, “The world is my parish.” Pastor Megan ministers outside of Refuge in the community by…
-visiting the sick/hospitalized
-being a pastoral presence
-guest preaching on Sunday mornings
-counseling a staff member at a local crisis center
-providing pastoral counseling for other community members
-advocating for and being with those who are suffering from homelessness
-attending vigils for murdered victims and the Monthly Community Roundtable lunch with Religious Coalition for Nonviolent Durham
-Serving on the Clergy Steering Committee at Durham Crisis Response Center and helping to organize a vigil for domestic violence victims
-Serving on the Anathoth Community Garden Board of Directors
-Serving on the committee for Duke Veterans
-mentoring a Divinity student (and meeting with others who seek support)
-precepting for Introduction to Preaching at Duke Divinity School
-becoming educated about the needs and challenges facing the poor and marginalized in our community and the resources available to address such needs and challenges

Looking forward, we pray that God would continue to form us into people that have the eyes, ears, and voices to see, hear, and speak for the oppressed, poor, and marginalized.

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