The servants of God continually raise their heads. With every generation disciples show up, serve, dedicate their lives, inspire others, and become a cornerstone of strength allowing the church to endure and thrive. As common as this sort of faithful discipleship may be, we must never take this faithful stance for granted. Exceptional leaders and individuals are an ever present source of inspiration.
Over the past several weeks I have been privileged to witness the passing of just such a leader and disciple. Meeting by meeting the word “last” has been spoken. At a Finance Committee meeting, Trustees meeting, and Church Council, we have ended our recent meetings by exclaiming that this is the Reverend Scott Nowlan’s “last” meeting. For 28 years Scott has faithfully led the stewardship and business ministry of West Market Church. I am not sure of everything that he has guided the church through but I am sure of four major renovations of large portions of our church building and landscape, at least three series of vans, around 200 Trustees, 200 finance members, and a good 3,000 members of Church Council. Scott has been faithful with the pennies and with the large gifts. Around 71 staff changes have taken place over these years, and he has endured numerous Senior Pastors.
Scott will be retiring at the end of June and you are invited to honor Julie and Scott at a reception following 11:00 a.m. worship on June 3 in the Gathering Space and by contributing a love offering to show your appreciation for Scott’s faithful discipleship. Scott will be recognized at Annual Conference for his service. We wish Scott and Julie great joy in many years of retired service.