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Should I stay or should I go now?

So right now I am torn about leaving my current church and joining another one. For those of you who are not in on what is going on or just don’t remember (as I have never really posted about it) I will give you all the quick intro (well as quick as I can make it).

There has been a lot of hate and other things going on at my church. Most of this was directed by 2 or 3 families in the congregation towards the pastor. Well late last year the pastor of my congregation told the congregation that he was leaving due to these things. That I think was the breaking point for a lot of people in the congregation and a lot of people left the congregation when the pastor left.

Ever since Erik (former pastor) left, I have been torn about staying in the congregation or leaving and finding a new church. Even right now I am still very torn about it. I have not really been to church service in a month or so and have almost no desirer to go.

The Bishop of our Synod assigned two interims (a husband and wife) to serve our congregation in the time between Erik's leaving and our calling a new pastor. The time it will take to call a new pastor is around 2 years for my church. I have met the new interims pastors, but really there is no spark there.

As I am sure some of you know, for the past 2 or 3 years now I have been helping out at All Saints Lutheran Church on the Westside of town. I have gotten very close to a bunch in that congregation and even a few of the former congregational from Holy Cross (current church) have landed there.

Now the reason I have brought this all up is that starting in June, Holy Cross is no longer going to be mailing out the monthly news letter. The reason for this I can only assume is money related, but it still strikes a sour note. Now granted, the news letter will still be printed and can be picked up at church or gotten via email and/or the church website, but it’s still not the same.

I am not sure why, but I am not happy that they are going to stop mailing out the news letter. I guess part of me feels that it’s a staple of the congregation to mail out the news letter to the congregation, and by not doing it, I... well I don’t know. I just know that is strikes a sour bone in my body.

So I am not sure if this is the straw that is going to break my back and cause me to leave or not. Part of what makes this really painful for me is that I am really close to one of the family accused of causing all the problems for Erik. But I am still very close to some of the congregational members who are still there.

I guess I just don’t know. All I really know is that this all freaking sucks and I still have not figured out what I am going to do.

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