The Installation of Pastor Annemarie Burke

All are welcome to attend the installation of Pastor Annemarie Burke by Bishop Deborah Hutterer on Saturday, January 30 at 3 p.m. The ceremony will be conducted on Zoom and the necessary link will be released in our Words of Hope newsletter. Download the  Service of Installation 1.30.21. 

Please remain muted throughout the worship service except where noted, when we welcome Pastor Annemarie Burke with our applause. Please set you Zoom to “Speaker View” for the optimal viewing experience. We are all experienced at Zoom by now, but we could all benefit from a brush up on Zoom skills and etiquette. Here is a link from the synod website with helpful tricks, tips, and etiquette.

This is an important event in the life of Esperanza, but pandemic restrictions are not going to dampen our ability to provide a warm welcome. We can all participate by viewing the installation service online then welcoming her in person! 

Drive By Welcome Parade 

The Welcoming Team is planning a drive-by parade from 4:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, giving the entire congregation an opportunity to meet our new pastor in a safe, socially-distanced manner. After attending the installation service on-line, come to the church to meet and greet Pastor Annemarie personally, from the safety of your vehicle. 

The parade will be conducted from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Please enter the parking at the west (“IN”) entrance and follow the signs. Pastor Annemarie will be near the outdoor stage to meet you as you remain in your car at a safe social distance. Feel free to decorate your car with signs or banners to let her know that she is welcome to our congregation. 

You only need to remember one name and face, but our new pastor needs to learn many. Please bring a photo of yourself and your family to give to Pastor Annemarie, including the names of the people in the photo, to help her make a connection. We encourage you to include a personal note if you desire. A basket will be provided for you to drop off the photo and cards. 

Help us make this important event in the life of Esperanza a joyful time of celebration and appreciation. If you have any questions regarding the drive-by parade please contact the Welcome Team chair, Paul Gerrish. 
We look forward to seeing you there!