Eastminster Presbyterian Church Interim Pastor the Rev. Dr. Fred Foy Strang Monthly Letter

Fred Foy’s Fealties – October 2021

EPC Fred Foy's Fealties

Dear EPC family,


Well, I think we’re off to a good start—y’all haven’t fired me and I haven’t quit!

I even survived my initial session meeting… and, I have begun to make friends with some really important people here at the church, the cookie team. One has to establish priorities from the get go!


Kidding aside, Cecily and I have felt a very warm welcome from Eastminster folk. A special thank you to Jill Baker and the Congregational Care Team for setting up various “meet and greets” and to Susan Vallette for making extraordinarily delicious snacks for “Coffee with the Pastor” events. Karl Schab made sure getting me signed on was ‘decent and in order’ Brooke Wheeler and Julio Vallette made on-boarding a breeze, and you have a caring and competent staff who have made me feel right at home. Finally, the kind words and heartfelt welcomes from all ya’ll have been very meaningful for our beginning here. Thank you all!


I completely understand you might feel a bit of apprehension in engaging an interim minister. Of course it would be wonderful if a new installed pastor would follow smoothly right on the heels of the one leaving, but that rarely, if ever, happens. Over many decades of practice, Presbyterians have realized the value of having a period between installed pastorates. This respite allows the members to catch their breath, evaluate who they are, where they are, and where they want to go. All these things take a bit of time, but they’re well worth the effort and will insure that you are seeking the right kind of person to lead you in your corporate vision for
this church.


I know that doesn’t answer all your questions about what an interim is or what the interim process looks like. What will we do? How long will it take? What can we expect? How will we know what is going on? These questions and many more are likely circulating in your minds. In order for us to begin our time together in the most productive manner, it is valuable for us to have a general overview and to have your questions answered. The interim process works much better when we all know where were going and why. On October 14th we will have a Town Hall style meeting in the Fellowship Hall. I will give identical presentations at both 3 PM and 6 PM. The time frame for the Town Hall is one hour that includes time for questions. I hope these offerings will accommodate those who would rather not drive in the evening as well as those who are in the workforce. Both these meetings will be live streamed for virtual participants. In addition, people can watch the presentation later by way of our YouTube channel.


God has a good, exciting, and fruitful future for Eastminster Presbyterian Church. During the coming days and only through God’s grace, I am here to shepherd you all toward the green pastures where the Lord wants you to dwell. Join together in the journey!


For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Jeremiah 29:11.

Grace, Fred Foy