Message from Pastor Ned

Changes For Pastor Craig & Us

At its February meeting, the Sierra Pacific Synod Council officially moved Pastor Craig’s ministry status onto the “On-Leave-from-Call Disability” Roster of the ELCA. For Pastor Craig this means he continues to be recognized as an ELCA Minister of Word and Sacrament who is officially disabled and unable to fulfill a call at this time.

As many of you know, back in December 2020, Pastor Craig was deeply affected by COVID. He has been in a long process of recovery since and still has far to go. As a result, Pastor Craig has not been able to lead the East Bay Lutheran Youth Program. And, now, with his change in ELCA status, it’s time for him to say goodbye to the East Bay Lutheran Parish.

It’s also time for us to say goodbye to Pastor Craig and his partner, Bruce. In the weeks ahead, we will be planning on how to do that “officially”, so keep your eyes out for additional news on what that will look like.

As we enter the season of Lent and witness to Jesus as he journeys toward Jerusalem, let us continue to keep Pastor Craig and Bruce in our prayers as they adjust to the changes in their lives and journey into their future.

Lenten Blessings,
Pastor Ned