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I was called to the First Congregational Church of Spencer in August 2016 as its Interim Minister.  As Interim Minister, my job is to work with the congregation in readying itself to search for a settled Pastor. I expect that I might be here one to two years before a settled Pastor is called.

The interim time between settled Pastors is a vital time in the church.  It is a time of self-reflection and evaluation.  I love this work! I get to help folks look at their history, what they value about their church, what challenges they face, as well as how they understand their mission within the church, community, and the world.  It is a time of dreaming, visioning, and listening for where God is leading us as a church and Christian Fellowship.

 

Why might you like to join us on Sunday or other activities:

1. If you are new to the Spencer area, come and visit us.  You'll find we are a very welcoming community.

2. Our current national and global challenges can be upsetting to people of all ages. Do you sometimes question why all this is happening?

3. If you haven't been to out church in a while, we've missed you!  Find a time of centering from the busy-ness of our fast paced culture. Come! Renew and reenergize your spirit.

4. If you're feeling restless and your spirit needs nourishment, come and let Jesus fill the emptiness so many of us experience.

5.  Do you wonder about the meaning of life and how you uniquley have something important to contribute?

I am excited to be amid such a wonderful group of people during this transitional time in its congregational life.  Come, join us as we prayerfully discern what's next in our journey's: individually and as a church.


A brief bio for Reverend Dianne follows:

Reverend Dianne brings a wealth of experience toher ministry and pastoral care.  Training in chaplaincy, disaster relief, interim ministry, theology, admnistration, and social work bring a unique depth and perspective to her ministry here at the Church. Additionally, she serves as a pastoral counselor at the Pastoral Counseling Centers of Massachusetts, where she works with adults seeking guidance on mental health, substance abuse, and spiritual issues.


Reverend Dianne is also the author of Spiritually Caring for Frail Elders and Their Families: Nursing Home, Rehabilitation, and Assisted living Settings, a book she wrote while serving as program coordinator for the "Spiritual Care of the Elderly Task Force" for the Central Massachusetts Association of the United Church of Christ.  Reverend Dianne Dugan is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.

 

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