Welcome to Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ
If you know that God's love embraces all persons equally, no matter their gender, race, or sexual identity...
If you understand that faith is a matter of mind as well as heart, and that taking the Bible seriously means it cannot always be taken literally...
If, for you, diversity, tolerance, and inclusion are strengths to be taught...
If you believe that Christ calls us to be nothing less than global citizens, that the social expression of love is justice and that spiritual concerns are inseparable from a commitment to the natural world...
If you have wished for a more open and embracing community of faith to
nurture your spirit and raise your children, and haven't yet found a place of belonging...
... then please know that Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ is
the place for you.
No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey
You're welcome here!
Sunday Worship 10:00 am
4790 SE Logus Road, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222
email: office [at] kairosucc.org
(map and directions)
More: About Our Community
Lectionary Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalm 25:1-0, I Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-26
I thought about using the word “Interim” rather than “Meantime” in the title, but “Meantime” is something more suited to our everyday language. “Interim” is defined as something “temporary . . . until something more . . . permanent can be established.” It can be a time of waiting for a replacement leader, a pastor, for example. It can be “a period of time between.” Interim times often involve an attitude of waiting.
Advent is an interim time of sorts. It is a time of waiting for something new to burst into history. It is a time filled with promises not yet realized. It is a season that fits well the interim period of our congregation as it waits for a new pastor. Perhaps even the runup to presidential elections can be viewed as an interim.
A Great Past, a Bright Future
Saying goodbye to Rick and Elfreda made for an emotional Sunday – one filled with tears and laughter and music. The Sunday service was special – from a touching and meaningful last sermon by Rick, to the emotional Farewell liturgy and the presentation of Pastor Emeritus honors.
The Farewell Party October 25 was quite a success. The music was outstanding – and of many different genres and eras. We hope it was just the kind of musical sendoff that Rick wanted. And thanks to the unbelievable generosity of this congregation, we were able to present a gift of $15,000 to Rick and Elfreda. It was also great to see so many long-time friends all come together.
Thanks to all who provided food and helped with the setup and cleanup. Thanks to our choir and all the musicians present. It was definitely a group effort. I have purposely not cited any names – there were so many!
But while we can celebrate a great past, we also have a very bright future. I have such confidence in the Search Committee and know that we will end up with a dynamic and caring new pastor. The Worship Committee has also worked hard and has secured a variety of guest pastors for the month of November. Joanna Hart, our summer 2014 intern, will not only preach through all of December, but also have office hours and be available for pastoral care. The Worship Committee felt that having someone the congregation was familiar with would provide comfort and continuity in December.
Be assured that we are not rudderless. Many in the congregation have stepped forward to help guide and lead. This transition period will allow many to offer their special talents and become more involved in the life of the church. We will all be better after this experience.
I encourage everyone to attend church whenever possible during the next several months. We need your support. We need all of you to take this exciting journey with us and to share in what will be a very bright future for our Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ.
The Search Committee is now nearly done with our four candidate video interviews.
We have requested more information from our candidates in the form of the following written questions: What do you think makes a good sermon? How do you go about preparing a sermon? What role does music play in church life and in the church service? How do you see yourself interacting and participating with church musicians? How do you help people develop their spiritual life?
We have asked each of our video interview candidates the following questions: What was it about our church profile that attracted you? Describe your prayer life. Do you differentiate between contemplative prayer and active prayer or activism? How do you balance these two forms of prayer? What is your favorite part of being a pastor? What part of the pastoral role do you think you are best at? In which aspects would you like to develop more skills?
While we on the Search Committee are all grieving the retirement of Pastor Rick, I think I can speak for my fellow members when I say how excited we are with what the future holds. We get to see the enthusiasm in the candidates’ faces and hear the curiosity in their voices as we discover all the amazing gifts that each other has to offer. We are a giving, loving, welcoming, and strong congregation, and our candidates are eager to learn more.