Dear Members and Friends of the Wallingford UMC,

     Please allow me to introduce myself: my name is Steve Peiffer and I am very much looking forward to being your new pastor when my wife Sheila and I arrive in Wallingford on July 2.

     I have had the great pleasure of getting to know Pastor Karen over the past several months, and I’m sure you are missing her very much, and I hope you will feel free to stay in touch with her as friends. Although probably my gifts and graces are somewhat different than hers, I hope you will give me a chance to get to know you , so that we can continue to grow together in our love of God and our neighbors. Karen’s legacy will be hard to live up to, and I hope you will forgive my inevitable mistakes and help me to understand your traditions and worship style as we work together.

     Sheila and I have been married 40 years and we have four children, tow boys and tow girls, al of whom are out on their own and living across the country, and I look forward to your meeting them as we go along. Two of them are married and we also have 3 grandchildren who live in California.

     I am a life-long Methodist and Sheila is a life-long Roman Catholic, who is happy to participate as fully as possible in our congregational life.

     This summer I hope I can meet each of you individually at your convenience over coffee or what ever, to briefly get to know you, and find out more about how the Holy Spirit is working in your life, and what your hopes and dreams are for yourself and for our congregation.

     In the meantime, hello again! Sheila and I are glad to be with you, and we are looking forward to working side by side with you as we continue our exciting Christian journey together.

     Sincerely, in Christ,

     Pastor Steve

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