Pastor Robinson: I want to share a paragraph from our presbytery’s “Ministerial Ethics Policy” to which I must adhere after my retirement on March 31st:
When the relationship between the minister and the pastor is dissolved, that minister shall announce to the congrega-tion that s/he will no longer be the pastor and, therefore, not available for pastoral services. A former pastor may be called upon for services only when unusual circumstances exist. Such an invitation should come only from the present pastor. It is understood that the former pastor will not conduct such services, but will only assist the pastor as re-quested in services such as baptisms, weddings or funerals. And the Book of Order (G-2.0905) reads: “Former pastors shall not provide their pastoral services to members of their former congregations without the invitation of the modera-tor of session [i.e. the current pastor].
One of the blessings I feel as I leave our congregation is that the Rev. Jim Hicks will be serving as the interim Pastor. I have known Jim since he came into our Presbytery many years ago as the Pastor of the United
Presbyterian Church in Cortland. I trust Jim and know that he will lead you in your pilgrimage of faith in Jesus Christ and enable you to develop new opportunities to share the love of Jesus with those in our church family and those in need in our community and throughout the world.
God be with you till we meet again.
Love in the Lord, Pastor Dave