5125 Main Street (just east of the I-290) Williamsville, NY 14221
Dear siblings in Christ,
As we get ready to transition to in-person worship in the next month or so, I wanted to take a moment to reach out to all of you. Our beginning together has not exactly gone as planned, has it? What was supposed to be a few months of worshiping together weekly, getting to know each other as pastor and people, participating in home visitations, and opportunities to have faith-filled and theological conversation as a community, has turned into something closer to what the Israelites must have felt like wandering through the wilderness for 40 years: an exile. And I suspect if these past months have been painful for me, it must be even more so for all you who have worshipped at Amherst for years. I cannot begin to imagine what it must be like to have said goodbye to a well-loved pastor, start to transition into an interim period with brand new people before you, and then be forced to leave the one place that felt stable throughout the whole thing, your sanctuary.
And because of this, I just want to thank you for courageously sticking with Amherst and me right now. Things will not always be as they are right now, and I am hopeful that sooner rather than later we can begin to figure out how this whole pastor and people thing works for us. But in the meantime, please know that you are thought of, prayed for, and cared about deeply by both me and your ALC council. We are all working very hard right now to create a sanctuary and worship experience, that while different from what it looked like before, will get you back to the place that feels like home. And while it may be happening slower than you might want (or maybe faster), please know our caution and pace come from our call to be responsible for each person who walks through our doors. There are no right or perfect answers for how to do all of this well, but we are doing our best.
In the meantime, please let me know if there is anything that I can do for you, if you have any questions, could use someone to talk to, or simply are in need of prayer. You can always reach me by phone at 716-598-0358 any day of the week. I am also happy to help you get connected with online worship and weekly posting if you are having difficulties. I look forward to gathering with you all again.
Faithfully yours, Pastor Rebecca Mentzer
Please note, there have been a few questions about mailing in donations. While we are not gathering in-person, you can still mail in donations to church which will be deposited throughout the month. Your gifts help to support the work ALC is still doing through staff online, mailings, and support of our local community. So, thank you!.
Amherst Lutheran Church