Rev. C. Larry Fisher
Jim Murphy III
Sunday School Superintendent
Tim Dalgo, Sr.
Christine (Chris) Carter
Charles (Butch) Pfarr
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A message from our Pastor,
My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
It is with great joy that I write my first message to you. I feel blessed that God has called me to minister to and alongside you as you continue your journey of faith.
At this point, you probably want to know more about this person who has entered into the life of your community, so here is a brief introduction. In the coming months, I am sure that we will all get to know each other better, and you will be able to fill in the blanks.
My older brother and I were raised in Evanston Illinois. My father was a history professor and my mother was a school social worker, so my love of teaching and serving is part of my roots. I received my Bachelor of Arts on English at Indiana University and my Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University.
I first felt called to ordained ministry during the summer before my sophomore year of college. I can still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when God’s presence penetrated into my life. My first response was joy and anticipation, as I moved forward to prepare for my call. I felt like the prophet Isaiah, jumping up and down and crying out: “Here I am God, I’m ready to serve you. I attended Divinity School immediately after college and never wavered in my commitment to follow God’s call... until I graduated and began to prepare for the rest of my life. Suddenly, I felt much more like Jonah – frightened and young and unprepared for all that God had in store for me.
For the next several years, I took a series of jobs working with children and families in Human Services. Each family I worked with touched me in profound ways and I carry their stories with me still. I eventually moved to Maryland, met and married my husband, and settled in Frederick. We have a 14 year old daughter and a house full of pets.
But through it all, I knew that there was something missing. I was not being true to God’s call towards ordained ministry. In 2005, God called me again, and I finally listened. I began the process once again and was called as a licensed minister at Faith UCC in Frederick. I was ordained in that same church in 2010 and began a dual ministry with Incarnation UCC in Emmitsburg, MD.
My years at these two churches have been a blessing. They have loved and supported me and my family, and I have loved and supported them. I enjoy meeting people where they are on life’s journey. As each of us travels from birth to death, we never stop hearing and responding to God in a variety of ways. Our call, as people of faith, is to embrace all people, no matter who they are or where they come from. God is with us all, loving us and calling us home.
I invite you to worship with me at Zion Evangelical Lutheran United Church of Christ. I look forward to meeting you and learning about your story and the role that God is playing on your journey of faith.
Rev. Katie Penick
"Is anything too wonderful for the Lord?" Genesis 18:14
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