Day 186: Adam

9 Oct

For the past eight months a group of people at my church (First Presbyterian of Ashland) have been conducting a search for an Associate Pastor. A few years ago, I served on the search committee for our pastor and I can tell you that it is not an easy task. First you have to determine what kind of person your congregation is looking for. Next, you sort through a multitude of files containing the information about the candidates for that position. When you whittle that group down to a reasonable number, you begin the process of interviewing the candidates on the phone. Then, you choose the top candidates to interview in person. Finally, if you are lucky, you choose the person you think is best and present him or her to your congregation. After that, the congregation must vote to accept or reject the candidate. It’s a long process and it takes quite a commitment on the part of the committee to see it through.

Today, our Associate Pastor Nominating committee presented the person who they unanimously selected to be our Associate Pastor. His name is Adam Walker Cleaveland and this morning he preached the sermon to the congregation. It was the first time that I had a chance to see Adam and I was looking forward to it.

Adam did a wonderful job this morning – with both the children’s lesson and the sermon itself. In delivering the message he was able to make the scripture real and relevant. He also shared a deeply personal story that mirrored the Bible story and was very moving. At the end of the service, there was a meeting and our congregation voted to ask Adam to join our staff and welcomed him with a standing ovation.

This morning I knew that Adam and his wife would be at our church. Though I did not know which way the vote would go, I was hopeful. And I thought this person deserves a pie either way. Now, perhaps an apple pie would have been a good fit (Adam, apple) but I did not have enough apples for an apple pie. Instead, I prepared a mixed berry pie for Adam and his wife Sarah. I want to extend to them my very best wishes and I hope that they are as excited about coming to our church as we are to have them.

6 Responses to “Day 186: Adam”

  1. Adam Walker Cleaveland October 9, 2011 at 9:11 PM #

    We are actually eating it right now! And it’s delicious! Thanks so much and it was wonderful to meet you this morning. I look forward to getting to know you and the folks at First Presbyterian Church more in the future. And yes, we will have to talk about the Theology Pub idea.

  2. Carolyn Moeglein October 9, 2011 at 10:25 PM #

    Karen, what a great way to welcome Adam & Sarah! Can we have a “theology pub” over a pie (or cookies or other munchies?) 🙂 Karen – you have a wonderful gift of feeding people.

  3. Joseph B. Howard October 16, 2011 at 1:45 PM #

    Hello! Congratulations on calling Adam to your congregation. I found this post through Adam’s blog, and after reading it, I just wanted to say how thoughtful and classy it was to bake them a pie. They did deserve one either way (though I’m glad it went the way it did, both for your congregation and for Adam) :-).


  1. No Sales Tax for Us Anymore (i.e. Adam has accepted a call!) – Pomomusings - October 16, 2011

    […] their youth and we had a great visit. Someone from the congregation even baked us a pie (check out this link for a very cool blog). We also found a house to rent and a new OB/GYN who will be with us to deliver Caleb! So […]

  2. Thankful « Nanette Sawyer - November 23, 2011

    […] I am so impressed with this woman. She is making a pie a day for a year – one to give away every day to someone for whom she is thankful. What a wonderful practice. My friend, Adam Walker Cleveland is a pastor at her church and was the lucky recipient of pie #186. […]

  3. A Pie a Day Giveaway Blog Worth Reading – Pomomusings - December 21, 2011

    […] about preaching at First Presbyterian Church of Ashland back in October, I mentioned that someone baked me a mixed berry pie. And it was amazing. When Karen Amarotico gave the pie to me, she let me know that she’s […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: